Neethlingshof Flash Food & Wine Pairing

Wedding anniversaries are one of the few times in year when we make a plan to get away for a day or two, just us two! We recently celebrated our 16th (if you can believe it!) with a night away in the winelands. On our way back to Cape Town to return to our normal programming (kids, school runs, work, meetings, traffic et al) we stopped off for one last spoil…

Neethlingshof Wine Estate is situated in the Stellenbosch Winelands just near the junction of the R310 (the road from the N2/ Baden Powell) and the Polkadraai Road (you can’t miss the avenue of pine trees) and we figured we should enjoy a quick lunch before heading back to reality!

We meandered our way up this iconic avenue of towering pines and found ourselves in the wine tasting area where we met up with Keenan who took us on a short tour of the estate and the cellar…

After exploring the extensive cellars with Keenan as our guide, we found ourselves outside enjoying a sunshiney spot on the patio beneath an ancient oak…. the perfect place to sit down to enjoy their new food and wine pairing menu.

Neethlingshof is passionate about food and wine pairing and have recently launched their Flash Food and Slow Wine Pairing Menu at The Tasting Centre.

This menu comprises of five bite-sized snacks paired with five delicious wines.

Think Sauvignon Blanc with a salmon and trout roulade, the iconic Gewurztraminer with a beef samoosa and a mini Malva pudding served with The Caracal.

Within minutes our food and wine were presented to us on a beautifully prepared board and we set to work sampling their finest wines and choosing our favourite pairing….

My favourite pairing of the afternoon was, to my surprise, the Gewurztraminer with the beef samoosa. I’m not a big fan of this cultivar of wine so was reluctant to taste it at first. But my husband encouraged me to give it a go and I was very plesantly surprised by how the pairing of the spicy samoosa elevated the  Gewurztraminer wine! It really sold me on the fact that some wines are just so much better when paired with the right food rather than sipped on their own.

We didn’t come with our kids this time but if you’re planning on visiting with the family you’ll be pleased to know that there is also a kids pairing menu with a mini chicken pancake and cheese burger paired with grape juice as well as a chocolate sponge finger server with a chocolate milkshake!

And if, like us, you have a healthy appetite and find yourself still a bit peckish after the pairing menu, you’ll be pleased to know that wood-fired pizzas with a selection of toppings, including a Babootie pizza, are available for the hungrier visitors at the Neethlingshof Tasting Room.

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Wine tasting of 5 wines – R45 per person

Flash Food Wine & Food Pairing – R100 per adult for 5 courses and R50 per child for 3 courses.

Cellar tour – R30 per person

Pizzas from R35 for a focaccia to R125 for their delicious Biltong Pizza.

The pizza menu is available all weekend and on weekdays between 11h00 and 16h00



Keen to explore the Cape Winelands on your holiday to Cape Town?


Here are a few wine tour options you can sign up for…

Half Day Wine Tour to the Constantia Winelands in Cape Town

Half Day Wine Tour to the Cape Winelands from Cape Town

Full Day Wine Tour to the Cape Winelands from Cape Town



Contact Neethlingshof

Tel: 021 883 8988




Bookings are advisable to ensure availability. For groups of 6 or more, bookings are essential.

For further information on the bistro-style menu available at the restaurant, email them via

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 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!

  1. Congratulations on your 16th wedding anniversary. May you stay forever in love. My hubby and I are big fans of taking time out for ourselves to recharge our batteries and we think in the end it is cheaper than couples therapy. We are not big wine drinkers so when we lived in Jhb many years ago we would go for dinner at a place called Tribes at Montecasino, (or it may the the other Casino) and we’d offer filet steak and a bottle of Gewurtzraminer. I think the waiter told us it was a sweet wine and so that was what we had time after time… Pretending to know what we were doing. It sounded fancy just knowing the name of a wine.

  2. Thank you for the information. There was a time when my husband and I would attempt to do a wine estate every weekend. We actually did cover quite a few, but this is one we haven’t been to. I enjoy how one knows exactly what it looks like and also the fact that you provide prices. I love wine (almost a little too much 🙂 , so this is very handy indeed. Congrats on 16 years!!

    1. Wow that would be my husband’s dream! One day when the kids are grown we can aim for that! Glad you enjoyed my review. Be sure to read more of our wine wanderings in my Weekend Wanderings series.

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