The Art & Design Wine road

As wine lovers and modern art enthusiasts we spent a day in the magnificent Cape Winelands where our two passions came together.

We started our day 70 km east of Cape Town, in the lush garden valley of Elgin. For our first wine tasting we stopped at what we can call, a design masterpiece, the Almenkerk Wine Estate.

Almenkerk-wine-estate

The modern tasting room has big windows that give you a panoramic view on the vineyards. You have the choice between a relaxed wine tasting or let’s say a ”technical” one. I made up my mind for the relaxed wine tasting in order to be in harmony with the natural setting while listening to the owners sharing their passions for both art and wine..

Then, we enjoyed a glass of Shiraz around the hand-carved wooden table on the terrace surrounded by modern sculptures. I will never forget the view over the Elgin Valley.

Back on the road, we backtracked a bit to reach the R44 and headed towards Stellenbosch.

A friend of ours recommended us to stop at Hidden Valley, a secluded farm with a stunning design nestled in the Stellenbosch Mountains We did taste one of the best Shiraz in the country. Last but the not the least, the estate restaurant, Ouverture, figures among the top 10 every year.

Ouverture Restaurant

The perfect spot for the lunch. We felt so good and relaxed that it was really difficult to leave. But, there was one place that we didn’t want to miss out.

Then our wine & art tour led us to the Delaire Graff estate. And, WAOW! The estate is simply magnificent: a fusion of striking Cape Dutch architecture with African design.

Delaire Graff

Their collection of modern art pieces (sculptures, paintings …) displays some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists among which, Dylan Lewis and its cheetahs sculpture erected in the estate’s landscape.

Delaire art gallery

We finished our day on the terrace and we admired the mountain views with a glass of Delaire Chardonnay 2010.

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