From Cape Town to Stellenbosch
19.03.2017 - 19.03.2017 85 °F
It's only about an hour from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town's water front to the lush and elegant Stellenbosch.
Our accommodations in Stellenbosch are pretty spectacular, it is so peaceful here you can here the leaves rustling on the trees and the birds chirping. The rooms have large glass doors that fold up close against the side so the room is wide open to the view of the vineyards across the way. There is a lovely breeze and it is mesmerizing to watch the tall soft grasses bending gently in soft air currents.
During the course of th day the scenery changes as the sun travels from east to west casting it's rays across the valley in the morning and in the afternoon sending it's warm glow to the tall mountains to the east.
Just like the food and wine this the place to be savored, slowing down to take it all in. ( due to slow internet, I will add photos later)
Stellenbosch has an abundance of fresh produce and meats from local farms which makes eating here a gastronomic experience and a privilege.
Today we visited Babylonstoren www.babylonstoren.com. This is a wine estate with a working farm, bakery and more. In summer I would suggest getting here early so you can walk around before the heat sets in, the grounds are stunning. As you enter you are greeted by roaming chickens and roosters, there are some shops in the buildings and as you pass this area you walk out into the beautiful gardens resplendent with herbs, fruit and vegetables all planted to complement each other. The Babel restaurant sits within the gardens and is dining experience to be enjoyed at a slow pace. Each dish has a suggested wine pairing or else you can order from the wine menu. I believe all the food is from the farm, you can check that on the website. The restaurant is all white with glass walls on two sides so you can enjoy the scenery, the kitchen is open so you see the action from your table. On either side of the glass walls are some picnic table outside under a lattice with creeping grapevines . The white thatched roofs of the cape Dutch architecture completes the picture. Each plate is a picture, I would be hard pressed to say if the food was more delicious or beautifully presented.
Driving through Stellenbosch you will see there is no shortage of vineyards to visit, some just do wine tastings, some with tours and food tastings and some like Babylonstoren with accommodations, spa, tours, special events, restaurants, bakery, butchery and more. Each place is unique and your experience is enhanced by the people you encounter along the way, those who work there and those who had the vision many years ago.