Since the first grapes were pressed at Babylonstoren in 2011 (recently that is), visitors have had to taste in a cosy room in the character packed old main building.
Of course this would not do for Babylonstoren which has become one of the must sees in the Cape winelands—a haven of taste and refinement–and plenty of money. Their fabulous new tasting facility recently opened and is a marvel to behold.
A magnificent steel and glass construction which is designed to let in plenty of light, the modern design places itself firmly in the Babylonstoren ethos—modern as tomorrow, built on the traditions of yesteryear. The views over the vineyards are magnificently showcased by all that glass, as is the small hill that gives the place its name.
There are various options in the tasting room, which are tailored to specific palates and when the hunger pangs get too much for one there are platters of goodies available.
If you want to go the whole hog, try and get a booking at their famous Babel restaurant or wander up to the Greenhouse where lighter fare is available. The ultimate trip at Babylonstoren involves booking in for a stayover at their luxurious but ever so tasteful cottages. So why not make a draai as they say in these parts and see for yourself?
The entrance fee to the estate goes to the upliftment of the local community.
Babylonstoren on the R45 between Klampmuts and Simondium, 021 863 3852
Words: Greg Landman