My mom’s birthday was not too long ago and my brother wanted us to do lunch somewhere. We decided on lunch at Buena Vista and wine tasting afterwards at Peter Falke Wines. God blessed us with a beautiful day in the middle of winter.
First stop was Buena Vista on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Mom ordered a Nederburg rose for the table and me and my brother opted for cocktails. I ordered the Quesadillas Con Cordero which was filled with roasted lamb. It was delicious! The birthday girl had the lamb cutlets with some nice veggies.
After we were all fully satisfied we took some pictures and headed to Peter Falke wines.
Now this wine estate is one of my favourites! It has amazing views and stylishly decorated.
Halfway through our tasting, my mother’s boyfriend popped the question and she said yes!
After the whirl of the proposal we took some pictures on the estate and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. It was quite an eventful day and Cristiano was such a good boy through it all. He was quite exhausted after the full day of activities.
So with Women’s Month in the air, hubby treated me to a lunch at the Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia. Considering our love for food and wine, Groot Constantia has always been on our list of places to visit so I was super excited to go.
There was a bit of a chill in the air but I was more than happy to sit outside because the views were just breathtaking!
Marc was quite hungry at the time (we woke up late) so we headed straight for the mains. Me not being able to eat much, almost always skip starters. Marc had some of his favourite red meats, a medium rare Steak. I went for the roast leg of lamb which had an interesting minty sauce. I loved the veggies that went with the red meats. Just gave the plate the right balance.
After lunch we explored the estate and took a walk up to wine sales for a quick wine tasting. We have a taste for Stellenbosch and Paarl wine. When we visited a wine estate in the southern suburbs before we weren’t very impressed with the wines. I was somewhat hesitant about the wines but was delightfully surprised! We only tasted red wine (our favourite!) We also got a nice dark chocolate with our tasting that had a salty taste to it which was amazing!
After wine tasting we explored the grounds and enjoyed the scenic views.
And then we always need a take-away! In this case some Sparkling wine!
We are known for making impulsive decisions at the best of times but this one was Awesome!
We went to the Spar in Wellington to get ice-cream as it was one of those hot Wellington weather days. When we got out of the shop I told Marc that I felt like a drive, because it was such a beautiful day. We took a drive towards the Bainskloof Pass, past Antoniesvlei, when we decided to turn around and look for one of our favourites, a Wine Estate! 🙂
We popped into Val Du Charron and weren’t quite sure as to whether it was open. We went to the entrance and it stated that they were still busy with reservations but was greeted with a warm welcome by Chrisma. She made us feel right at home! We tasted some of their wines and just loved the Theatre of Wine Trio which consisted out of Four White Legs, Erasmus – Den Deen & Black Countess.
The Four White Legs is a white blend consisting of 33% Chenin Blanc, 24% Nouvelle, 20% Pinot Gris, 20% Sauvignon Blanc & 3% Viognier. We are not big fans of white wines but I must say that this blend was quite nice and reminded me that Summer is on the way! As most of our family and friends know, we are red wine lovers and we were looking forward to the Erasmus & the Black Countess. The Erasmus is a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Pinotage, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Shiraz. The Black Countess is a blend of 44% Shiraz, 24% Pinotage, 16% Mataro, 8% Carignan, 8% Grenache Noir. Needless to say, it was amazing! Definitely getting more of those! 🙂
Chrisma also introduced us to their 2015 Pinot Gris and boy was I surprised! We just loved it and definitely making it one of our summer wines this season.
We were also advised that their restaurant, The Local Grill, will be opening soon (October 2015). We had a look at the menu and it looks delicious! We called it “Our Kind of Food”. We’ll definitely be visiting to lay into that menu!
The estate also boasts with a 4 & 5 star Guest House and a Spa! With this combination, Val Du Charron is the best place to plan an escape to. Husbands and partners do take note of this one. I already hinted to hubby for a weekend. 😉
Val Du Charron also have some of the most amazing views of Wellington! Hence no filter on the pictures of the views. 😉 The lawn is nice and big to accommodate families with children as well as a great relaxation spot for wine lovers during summer.
My apologies for the image quality. These were taken with my not so state of the art cellphone and one of the only times I did not have my pocket camera on me.