Idiom opens spectacular new mountain-top restaurant and tasting room…
The Bottega family have been very well known in South African wine circles for many years. Not only do they make fabulous wines for their Hemel en Aarde wine company, Whalehaven, but they have a spectacular wine estate at Da Capo in Somerset West. The grapes for the Whalehaven wines come from there but are processed on site in Hemel en Aarde.
June (2016) marks the opening of a fabulous new wine centre, complete with its own restaurant, at Idiom Wines at Da Capo. Here the Bottegas have shown what the formidable combination of taste and money can achieve. Of course, having one without the other can lead to an enormous clash of sensibilities as is shown by certain politicians in the United States, but that is not the case here.
The family patriarch Alberto is supported by his son Roberto and daughter Silvana and of course his wife Valerie, who couldn’t be further from an Italian mama unless she were Sophia Loren.
Attention to detail in collaboration with their architect, Thomas Leach, has yielded a superb building with sweeping views over False Bay and the magnificent mountains.
The restaurant is under the expert care of Irwin de Vries, who hails from Richard Branson’s Ulusaba in the Sabi Sand Reserve, and Morukuru’s Athol Place in Johannesburg. The cuisine is an adept combination of Eastern influences and Italian sensibilities, sure to make it another must-try place in this area. Of course the magnificent wines of the Bottega family are available for tasting, for purchase and to accompany meals.
The Idiom Wine Tasting Centre and Restaurant, Sir Lowrys Pass Somerset West, 021 204 1059
Words: Greg Landman