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Discovering the Winelands around Capetown

von Claudia am 25. Januar 2014, keine Kommentare

Neethlingshof Mansion

I love South African wines, so my personal highlight of our Capetown trip were the different wine estates we visited. The Cape Winelands are fantastic. The landscape is impressive and a lot of the wine estates are historical beauties with great mansions and spacious oak-avenues.

We had the chance to do a wine tasting at Neethlingshof, a 300 year-old wine estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands. We tasted seven different wines: A crisp Sauvignon Blanc, a fruity Chenin Blanc, a sweet Gewürztraminer, a light-bodied Malbec, a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich Bordeaux Blend and a full Piontage. My favorite was definitely the Pinotage (Owl Post Pinotage) with arresting flavors of raspberries and cherries. We took some bottles of this one home and had them on my birthday recently.

Neethlingshof wine estate

Neethlingshof wine tasting

Neethlingshof wine shop

Neethlingshof barrels

winelands Stellenbosch

Another picturesque wine estate we visited was Groot Constantia. Constantia is a suburb of Capetown. We went there one late afternoon for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a cheese board. They have a very nice terrace where you can sit among beautiful old oak trees. They also have a frequently visited museum. However we preferred to enjoy the wine as well as the view of the beautiful buildings from the 17th Century and of course the vineyards.

Groot Constantia wine bottle

Groot Constantia Garden

Groot Constantia Cheese board

Groot Constantia Museum

Groot Constantia Wine

Boschendal entry gate

A must-do when visiting the Cape Winelands is the picnic at Boschendal, one of the oldest wine farms in Franschhoek. I came there with my family a couple of years ago and we definitely wanted to go again. They have a beautiful picnic area, where they serve ready-packed picnic basket with all sorts of delicacies. We spent a couple of hours eating and drinking wine. Two unlucky fellows had to drive back home.

Boschendal wine estate

Boschendal picnic area 2

Boschendal picnic area 3

Boschendal picnic area

Boschendal picnic menu

Boschendal picnic baskets

Boschendal wine bottle

Boschendal flowers

Foodie Hotspots Capetown

von Claudia am 19. Januar 2014, ein Kommentar

Capetown Old Biscuit Mill

Looking at my last post, I realize that I have been absent for quite some time now. Winter time is not particularly great for food photography as I prefer natural light for my photos. Anyway – Happy New Year! I spent Christmas and New Year’s with my extended family in Capetown. Precious two weeks full of sunshine and fantastic day trips and of course: good food and wine! Capetown is a food lover’s Mecca. Especially when you love fish and seafood, like I do.

So I would like to share some foodie hotspots of this great city with you, starting with the Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock (an up-and-coming hipster district). The market is held every saturday at a great location called the Old Biscuit Mill – a beautiful brick warehouse with a spacious courtyard. On the grounds of this old factory, you also find the award winning restaurants The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to make reservations there.

So the market which takes place there every week is a platform for local farmers, grocers, bakers, butchers and other artisan producers. A colorful place to shop and eat and a fantastic place to spend the Saturday in Capetown.

Capetown Neighbourgoods Market

Capetown Neighbourgoods Market 3

Capetown Neighbourgoods Market mushrooms

Capetown Neighbourgoods Market Tables

Capetown Neighbourgoods Market 2

Capetown Neighbourgoods Market Tables 2

One of my favourite restaurants in Capetown is Wakame, offering Pacific Rim cuisine. Their sushi is super fresh and delicious and from the restaurant you have a fantastic sea view. Their open terrace is also a great place for a drink. If you stay in Fresnaye or Sea Point, I recommend a walk along the Beach Road to reach the restaurant.

We had divine sushi quite a few times during our stay. Perfect holiday.

Atmosphere Wakame

Wakame Atmosphere

Sushi Wakame

Dim Sum Wakame

In Camps Bay, the trendy suburb of Capetown, you will find various good restaurants on the beachfront. Camps Bay can be packed with people. Especially during the Christmas holidays, when everybody wants to go to the beach. Around dinner time, the sidewalks were full of people waiting for busses to go home. There is music and spontaneous dancing everywhere. Probably the most unlikely situation to find at a German bus stop.

My favorite restaurant in Camps Bay is Codfather, a seafood and sushi restaurant. They have a huge counter with a great variety of fresh fish and seafood to choose from. We had different platters of grilled fish, prawns and squid to share. Family style eating – my favorite thing to do!

Codfather Atmosphere

Grilled Prawns Codfather

Finally, I have a good tip for a chic restaurant in Sea Point called La Mouette (seagull). The restaurant offers modern French cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. The people at the restaurant were incredibly friendly. The menu is full of creative dishes, which were beautifully arranged. I had an extremely delicious bouillabaisse there.

Starter La Moette

Starter 2 La Moette

Fish Soup La Moette

During our stay, we visited three fantastic vineyards around Capetown, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. I will tell you about those later. Enjoy your sunday!