The Breedekloof wine valley is known for their Chenin Blanc cultivars. This is due to the area being known for their slow ripening vines. The valley has 16% of all Chenin Blanc Plantings in SA.
The mountains are spectacular – we had the most perfect weather, cold in the morning and hot by midday. To start off the day, we headed off to the Wysersdrif Game Breeders for an early morning game drive – it was freezing!! But at the same time so awesome to be in nature with the tranquillity of the animals around us. We enjoyed a coffee in the veld, and moved on to a hot breakfast made by the family.
Thereafter we arrived at Slanghoek Cellar where we got to blend and bottle our own wine. This was so much fun, and I created ‘Rubies Ravisihing Red Blend’ that I’’ll enjoy with a nice tender steak. The cost for blending and bottling is a mere R90. The experience is well worth it, with an educational talk on how the slanghoek wines are produced and exported. Again, the price per bottle at cellar door is unbelievable, their MCC is R75 per bottle – unheard of in Cape Town!
Bergsig is a quaint estate, hidden inbetween the Breedekloof Valley. We enjoyed 2 of their 3 food & wine pairings, starting off with the Spring roll & wine pairing and finishing off with the sweet pairing. What a combination! Loved how the flavours worked so well together and brought out the crispness of the wines.
Last but not least we ventured off to the MONKS Gin distillery that is open by appointment only. The young, friendly gin distillers explained how the gin came about and the story behind MONKS. We tasted all three gins and had a tour in their distillery.
Overall, an amazing experience of the Breedekloof Valley – there is so much to see and to do, and the views of the mountain are really magnificent. The banks of the Breede River will leave you with a sense of comfort and make you feel right at home!
EVENT: Don’t forget to get your tickets for their annual Soetes & Sop festival happening on the 19th & 20th July 2019 where wine, people and good food comes together. Each wine estate involved will be making their signature soup paired with some fantastic wines – don’t miss out!
For more info visit: https://www.howler.co.za/events/soetes-soup-2019-9297/tickets
For accommodation visit: www.breedekloof.com
Other things to do in the Breedekloof: Ceres Zip Slide Tours, Farm Stalls, Garden Tours at Bosjes and much much more!