It’s hard to resist when a log fire beckons, signalling all the warmth of welcoming country hospitality. That’s why, come cold winter days, the hearth is always glowing in the Nederburg manor house (aka The Manor).

Walk into the gracious homestead, smell the earthy notes of the thatched roof, the spice of the wood as it crackles, and then pick up the wafts of honest home-cooked food, nurturing, hearty, and nutritious.

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky described one of his musical-choreographic works that was eventually to rank among the most influential of the 20th century as “a unified idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring”. The same inspiration for that work - The Rite of Spring - now drives the Durbanville Wine Valley in its exclusive wine-and-dine collaboration this September.

The experience at Buitenverwachting was beyond my expectation!

My visit on Saturday was nothing short of incredible. From the minute I drove into the estate, I saw the golden vineyards, signifying the change of season. If you drive slow enough, you’ll catch a glimpse of the historical manor house. [caption id="attachment_16635" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Autumn in the Vineyards[/caption]