Kay and Monty Vineyards – A “sparkling” gem on the Garden Route

Arriving for my very first experience of the Plett Wine Route I was not too sure what to expect. I’d had a brief visit, years ago, to Bramon, but since then I had not had much exposure to the rest of the Plett Wine Route… only a few photos on social media had alerted me to the fact that there was definitely one wine farm in the area that was worth a visit… Kay and Monty.

And as luck would have it, this was to be our very first stop on our itinerary!

Kay and Monty Vineyards can be found down a winding dirt road off the N2. This Redford Road section of the picturesque Plett Winelands is where we were to spend most of our time during our visit and it’s certainly a destination in itself, with 4 of the loveliest local wine farms located within 4 kms of each other!

 

The History of Kay and Monty

Kay and Monty was purchased by Chick Legh in 2004 and incorporated into his neighbouring farm, Rondebosch.

Originally these farms were protea farms, but today they combine to form 220 hectares of land that has been reinvented into a world-class polo farm and renowned vineyard.

Kay and Monty Vineyards was Chick’s way of honouring his grandparents – Kay (Grandpa) and Monty (Grandma)

 

Kay and Monty Restaurant

Set in an old orchid greenhouse, the Kay and Monty tasting room and restaurant is expansive and magnificent – and it’s easy to see why it makes an idyllic wedding venue, popular with locals and foreigners alike.

Situated in surely one of the most scenic parts of the Garden Route, this is a spot you will want to linger longer to take in the panoramic views over the vineyards, the forested foothills of the Keurboom’s River Nature Reserve and the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

With so much space it’s the perfect spot to arrive and settle in for an afternoon of good food and great wine! They serve delicious cheese and charcuterie platters alongside artisanal breads. A cheese and meat platter costs R220.

Kay and Monty Wine

Kay and Monty Vineyards planted their first vines in 2004, produced their first vintage in 2012, and were awarded Gold for their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc at the prestigious Old Mutual Wine Show.

With approximately five hectares of land under grape, Kay and Monty is a boutique wine farm that focuses on producing wine from just a few varietals – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Probably the best known of the Kay and Monty wines is Champu, their Blanc de Blanc MCC, which is 100 percent Chardonnay, an ode to Monty herself who would surely approve of it’s delicately dry deliciousness!

We also sampled a glass of their unwooded Chardonnay that had hints of green apple, lime, pears and biscuit. The Sav – a light Sauvignon Blanc is full of tropical notes such as guava, citrus and gooseberries.

We were treated to a glass of a red blend of Temperanillo Durif, this light red has hints of coffee and tobacco leaf on the nose and cherries and plums on the palate!

Wine tasting costs R40 for 3 wines.

Image: @jaredincpt

 

Where to buy Kay and Monty Wines

Kay and Monty wines are extremely boutique and are therefore not available anywhere else as they sell out at the venue so be sure to head here to stock your cellar or wine rack!

 

 

Experience a day at Kay & Monty through my eyes —> Watch this video!

Contact Kay and Monty Vineyards

Rondebosch Road (off The Redford Road), The Crags

Tel: +27 44 534 8387 or +27 79 965 9779

 

Images & Video: Kathryn Rossiter (unless indicated to be by @jaredincpt)

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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