There’s no shortage of culinary delights in the Stellenbosch region, and the Bottelary Hills Wine Route in particular is home to some wonderful wine estates – Beyerskloof, Groenland, Kaapzicht and Hartenberg, to name a few. Most of the farms have been family-owned for generations, and that familial feel permeates the area, welcoming visitors from near and far.
So, when we heard that the farms in the area had teamed up with one of South Africa’s top chefs and acclaimed restauranteur – George Jardine – we went digging for more.
Diarise these dates
On 28 May, 27 August and 19 November 2017, join George as he rustles up a series of delicious three-course Sunday lunches at one of the farms on the Bottelary Hills Wine Route. Unsurprisingly, each of these feasts will be perfectly paired with a selection of wonderful wines from the region.
28 May: Hartenberg Estate, renowned for its outstanding shirazes
27 August: Kaapzicht Wine Estate, whose rich granite soils coupled with the cool ocean breeze creates full-bodied fruity wines
19 November: Mooiplaas, known for elegant wines and magnificent surrounds
These delicious lunches are laidback affairs, so even though you’ll be receiving a three-course meal, the vibe will be relaxed and festive, with guests helping themselves from delicious platters of gourmet grub on the table. A glass of wine is included and beautifully paired with each course. But, before tucking into your meal, enjoy the warm company of Bottelary Hills’ most talented winemakers. And make sure to purchase a bottle (or crate) of wine to take home with you.
A taste of heritage
“Bottelary Hills is home to some of the oldest wine farms in the country, and many of them have been nurtured over generations by the same families. As a result, they have an incomparable understanding of the terroir, which shows in the wines the region produces,” explains Elmarie Rabe, manager of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. “Pairing these wines with the cooking of one of South Africa’s most acclaimed chefs is an opportunity no epicurean dare miss.”
Please note: Pre-booking is essential, as seating is limited.