Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek is a one stop pleasure destination. First of all you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views in all of South Africa, an unbroken vista of the magnificent Franschhoek Valley, breathtaking, really, in an area full of superlatives.
Then there is a superb restaurant, almost cave like, overlooking an enormous cellar in which the famous wines of the estate lie maturing. The third string in their wonderful bow is the Tasting Room where one can taste—and buy—some of the famous wines from here. Though they are famed for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines and, of course, for their unrivalled MCC under the Pierre Jourdan label, the subject of many a sabrage occasion, do try the Ratafia if you haven’t before, a delicious fortified aperitif, to open up those languid taste buds.
Long the home of the Von Arnim family with legendary Dad, Achim, his gentle wife Hildegard, and with son Takuan now in charge of the winemaking side of things, Haute Cabriere looks set not only to maintain its place as a founder of this wine area, but develop it even further.
A visit here will satisfy all of the senses—and include one I have invented for myself—inner satisfaction. Make sure you book ahead for the restaurant or you might be disappointed.
Words: Greg Landman