Babylonstoren in Paarl is a multi-attraction destination. Depending on your interests you will definitely find something to please the most fastidious of tastes.
Words and photographs by Greg Landman
Fabulous—and expensive—accommodation in very tasteful surroundings that have never heard of the word bling, very good wine in a light and appealing tasting facility, hectares of vegetable and herb gardens laid out in the semi-formal French manner, all very appealing to all of the senses.
Then there are the restaurants, Babel, up market and relaxed in its own skin, and the one I always take visitors to, The Greenhouse, a real and operating greenhouse set at the bottom of the estate so one gets to enjoy walking through he gardens to get there.
In summer, or when the weather is clement, it is great sitting outside, but otherwise one can shelter from the vagaries of Mother Nature inside.
The food is unfussy and tasty, good to look at and better to eat. Deliciously fresh cakes and scones with all the trimmings , various teas like Darjeeling and Mariage Freres show they are serious about tea, Colombian coffee, and of course the estate’s wines by the glass. If you yearn for something more substantial try the hearty pot pie packed with flavour, or make up your own sandwich with biltong, smoked chicken or farmhouse cheese on fresh bread straight from the farm ovens.
Once you are there you will feel as if you are in another world—and that is the point, isn’t it?
Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. First come first served.
Phone021 863 3852
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.