Nothing excites me more than Chardonnay In my wine glass, the versatility excites me especially when the wine is showcases the winemakers flair   Chardonnay is a relatively neutral grape with a flexible character, it derives the bulk of its flavours from terroir, where it reflects the growing conditions with terrific fidelity, and barrelling, where it’s intrinsic flavour needs to be coaxed out. Creatively it’s a blank canvass for winemakers and that’s an exciting space to exhibit the craft of winemaking.

HAND CRAFTED BOUTIQUE WINES

Beautiful Cabernet vines usher you to the wine-tasting area of this boutique winery situated on the foothill of the Simonsberg Mountains. In 2008 the Du Toit brothers Stephen and Retief developed a boutique vineyard on Le Present; making the “Deux Frères Wines” dream a reality. Le Present nestles on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Winelands District.

We traded the city lights for fireflies and the sound of beeping cars for crickets

Our home away from home was the luxurious L’Avenir Country Lodge (pronounced “love in here”). Nestled in the valley below Simonsberg Mountains, L’Avenir Country Lodge offers some of the best views of the Stellenbosch Winelands. [caption id="attachment_17146" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Reception Area[/caption]

Behold the changing leaves and enjoy the crisp breeze

Greeted by a kaleidoscope of colours and memories of harvest 2018, the “The De Meye Estate” is a remarkable family-owned boutique winery, situated in the lush Mulservlei area. [caption id="attachment_17016" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Entrance at De Meye Wines[/caption]   This unique little spot has been the home and farming ground to the Myburgh family for five generations. In the earlier years the family used to farm with cattle as the area was popular for cattle farms. The estate is named after the De Meye river in Holland, the birthplace of the first Myburgh, who came to farm in South Africa in 1665.

A taste of the South African food culture

   We sneaked out for dinner that evening (normal for parents with toddlers) finding ourselves immersed in the energy of the Stellenbosch dining scene. The restaurant offers off street parking but you might want to park far away to take in the views and ambiance.

First Satursday @ Onderkloof Wine Estate

In January Onderkloof Wines launched their #FirstSaturdays. This means that their tasting room will be open on the first Saturday of each month between 10:30 and 15H00. Onderkloof is situated in the historical wine region of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, a mere 6 kilometers from the city centre and the ocean. The name ONDERKLOOF loosely translates to; “BELOW THE VALLEY” and is inspired by the Pass leading through the Hottentots Holland Mountain range.