A night or two in the wine lands around Cape Town is a must. I didn’t have time to go to Stellenbosch, but did manage to see a few wineries in and around Franshoek.
As mentioned previously, I fell in love with Babylonstoren, a winery/Cape Dutch farm in the winelands, in between Paarl and Franschoek. But I’d say my favourite winery in Franschoek was the Maison Estate and Kitchen.
Driving up to the main building, known as the ‘Kitchen’ (which now also has a Deli), it seemed small and unassuming. Walking in however, I was surprised by the spacious interiors – all light woods, a roaring fire, modern lighting and at the back a huge glass sliding door leading to a large terrace and views of the vineyard, gardens and the mountains. While Franschoek is known for its beauty, I will still taken aback by the breathtaking view here.
We had booked lunch elsewhere, but had heard that the food was very good here, so decided to stay for a glass of wine and a starter. Rob went for the beef tartar and I went for the duck salad. But before that arrived we were brought a basket of warm fresh bread and a cabbage tapenade which was excellent. Our ‘starters’ too did not disappoint. Nor did the wine.
For those of you staying in Franschoek, I recommend taking the wine train which will also stop here. A nice way of seeing as many of these beautiful wineries as possible. Or if time is precious, then you can still pop into Maison Estate and visit their newly opened Deli, with amazing jars filled with jams or pickled vegetables, cured meats, cheeses, funny souvenirs and wonderful wines of course for sale. It’s about a 10 minute drive from Franschoek itself, so well worth it.
Best though is to book a table for lunch – outside on the terrace. You won’t regret it.
Cape Town, 7690