Sunday, January 26, 2014

Solms Delta Wine Estate

Solms Delta is a beautiful wine estate situated near Franschhoek one of my favorite places. I visited the farm with a group of friends to do the picnic in the forest by the Berg river for a birthday celebration. We had perfect Cape Town weather packed and ready to relax.

They have preserved the history of the farm in many different ways and it is fun exploring the estate with it's breathtaking views of the mountain and acres of vineyards. On arrival you collect your picnic boxes which are prepared if you ordered them as we did upon making our booking. 

After collection and the long drive you are allowed to have a free wine tasting which I suggest you do, the wines are all really delicious as each one became better than the next as well as a Pear cider which went so well with our picnic packs. They also offer the Chenin Blanc at R30 a bottle if you are attending the picnic served nice and cold on this hot day, all the wines have a story behind them and the reason they are called their unique South African names. They then drive you to the river in a tractor which was a fun treat, great for kids.

The Picnic Package is R145 per person and includes biltong and droe wors, bread, butter and crackers.

Assorted cheeses, onion marmalade, potato salad, broccoli salad, coleslaw with chorizo and a greek salad.

Mains were marinated ribs, meatballs, chicken pieces, salsa, fish pate' and cheesestraws. Finally for dessert was caramelised pineapple tarte tatin, mascarpone cream and fruit salad. All washed down with our wine and pear cider made for a great day out. The river is shallow but nice to hear it while you lay on the grass and the tractor collects you at 4:15 to return to the farm. You can buy wines to take home and there are many more events that take place here, concerts, food and wine pairing, trail runs etc.

I suggest everybody visit this estate but its a really nice idea to take your international guests to give them a feel of Cape Town.

Solms Delta Wine Estate
021 - 8743937

Pictures and article copyright by Tamsyn Wells

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