Restaurant Review: Lunch in the lush gardens of Van Loveren

On our last morning in the McGregor valley we visited Eeseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary and then decided to back track slightly and take a turn past Van Loveren Wine Farm for lunch. This destination had been on the itinerary for the Friday, but, as we both work and couldn’t get away in time, we had missed the wine pairing here.

On a previous visit to the area while camping in the summer months, we had first visited this tranquil, lush oasis – the perfect escape from the heat of our tent.

Lunch amidst the cool greens of the tropical ferns and tall trees was a treat and the pizza’s of Christina’s were embalzoned in our minds as some of the best we’d ever had, so a return visit was not a hard decision.

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This visit, however, was in winter and the al fresco dining of our summer visit was replaced with a cosy table inside complete with roaring fire and live music which created a very different atmosphere. And the pizza’s were just as delicious as we remembered!

Unfortunately we were a bit late for a wine tasting as the newly revamped venue closes at 3:30 on a Sunday so we rounded out our afternoon with a walk through the gardens.

At this time of the year the leaves were a variety of colours creating gorgeous patterns on the deck, tropical delights such as lily’s and fuschia’s were on display and even a few rogue roses made their pretty appearance.

Kids and dogs alike love the garden pathways and secret spots making these gardens well worth a visit whether or not you opt to enjoy the food and wine on offer..

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Van Loveren Family Vineyards is not just popular for its restaurant. It has a pretty impressive selection of wines too. The Van Loveren brand – the estate’s oldest wine trademark – celebrates 35-years of excellence in 2015 with a brand new appearance that speaks of quality and style.

Be on the lookout for the elegant, fresh and modern label design. The VL swoosh is easily recognisable and comes in a variety of different colours that identifies the various cultivars.


For more information about the wines and the variety of family and outdoor activities which the Retief family farm near Robertson offers contact them via the details below…

Contact Van Loveren
Tel: 023 – 615 1505
Twitter: @vanloveren

Opening Hours
Open 7 days a week
Mon-Fri: 08h30-17h00
Sat: 09h30-15h30
Sun: 11h00-15h00
Public Holidays: 09h30-16h30
CLOSED: Good Friday, Christmas day & 1 January

Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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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!

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