March - Choice of the month
A Saturday off… what to do?
Take a tour to some of the most amazing wineries in Stellenbosch. There are hundreds to choose from and all of them have something special to see or show. This is why it’s our staff choice of the month. Rarely going to the local spots, a few of my friends and I decided to do the “touristy” thing and taste some wines…Somewhere we’ve never been…
Holding a map and pointing to an area – off we go. Our destination was Annendale road with Stellenbosch Mountains to the one side and Helderberg Mountains to the other side. First stop was Peter Falke Winery; the exclusive winery of Peter Falke is nestled against the majestic slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands. Groenvlei Farm is home to rambling magenta bougainvillea, delicate scented roses and wild lavender growing alongside carefully cultivated vineyards.
Dating back to the 18th century, the traditional gabled Cape Dutch buildings of the wine estate belie a contrasting modernity within. The stately old homestead is partnered by a “boutique” winery, contemporary wine tasting room and luxurious outdoor lounge which have established Peter Falke Wines as the most elegant and serene sundowner retreat in the winelands.
Next stop on our list was Hidden valley winery, Although the winery is a state of the art, gravity fed cellar, it is nestled into side the slope and intended to blend back into the environment in time. The building materials, namely stone, wood and glass are purposely selected to present a contemporary yet functional structure. The cellar is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, almond orchards and natural vegetation, each occupying an integral part of the farms’ ecosystem. Stainable agriculture is a common theme in every approach both in and outside the cellar. Tasting wine there is beautiful, the view perfect, would highly recommend this.
The next stop on our expedition was Guardian Peak Winery, The Guardian Peak brand is designed to complement those who enjoy a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle, and the wines are crafted to be accessible and enjoyed anywhere at any time.
Lifestyle is always a priority in the Cape Winelands and the Guardian Peak range is flexible and dynamic to enhance any lifestyle activity imaginable. Guardian Peak is proud to be in the ranks of the new generation of South African wineries taking our products into the global market with confidence and ambition. Fine wine, superb food and magnificent panoramic views are the signature feature of the new Guardian Peak winery which opened in December 2005. These fruit driven wines include three red blends and three single varietal wines which embody the new-world style of wine making allowing them to be enjoyed at an early age.
Then we got hungry and decided on pizzas. Most definitely the best pizzas in town voted by our group. A small restaurant with a perfect vibe from both locals and travelers from all over, Gino’s restaurant situated in the town center with a very calm and casual vibe. This was most certainly the best way to end off a perfect day, as the pizzas are all handmade and ingredients as fresh as you get.
Written by: Tessa de Necker