A few Sundays back we were invited to spend the day out in amidst the vineyards of Stellenbosch, and I can never turn down a trip to the winelands!
Our destination was to be Oldenburg Vineyards, a wine farm I’d never heard of, let alone visited before. I’m so glad I’ve changed that now.
This hidden gem of a wine estate is located only 10 minutes from Stellenbosch in a beautiful valley known as Banghoek and set off the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
We arrived a bit earlier than the rest of the guests and Ben and myself opted to take a walk through the vineyards up to the top of the Rondekop Hill. The walk was hot and steep and slippery in parts but the uninterrupted views of the valley below were so worth it! And there were snacks and a glass of wine to enjoy it with!
On arrival back at The Homestead we took a quick tour of this gracious and stylish space…
The original family home of Oldenburg Vineyards has been fully renovated and modernised while still maintaining the charming character and history of this 200-year old Cape Dutch gem.
The space is light, the rooms are comfortable and the walls are adorned with the most incredible art. Accommodating up to 12 people in 6 bedrooms, the home also offers beautiful reception rooms that open out onto a large pool and magnificent mountain views and the eat-in kitchen is next level! This beautiful home available for hire via Perfect Hideaways.
After our tour we settled in for long lingering lunch on the patio while soaking up the dappled sunshine on the vast patio shaded by an enormous oak tree. This is a little piece of paradise that no one wants to leave.
Our Chef for the day was Bertus Basson of Overture who prepared three courses for us to enjoy alongside a selection of Oldenburg wines such as their Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Grenache Noir.
Lunch was a selection of salads, mussels, succulent ribs, delicious water blommetjie and slow cooked lamb shoulder with a carrot and mash side dish followed by platters of fine local cheeses, fruit and fig preserve. Too delicious.
Contact Oldenburg Vineyards
Zevenrivieren Road, Banghoek Valley, Stellenbosch
GPS: 33° 55′ 45.03″ S, 18° 56′ 45.32″ E
Tel: +27 21 885 1618
|Monday – Friday:||10h00 – 16h30|
|Saturdays & Public Holidays||10h00 – 16h00 (November – April)|
|Saturdays & Public Holidays||By appointment only (May – October)|
Images: Kathryn Rossiter. Some pics supplied.