One of the most beautiful areas in the Cape, which really has many to choose from, is Tulbagh, where three mountain ranges meet and hold the town in an embrace like an infant in the crook of its mother’s arms.
Words: Greg Landman
The first settlers from distant flat little Flanders must have stood in awe at the sight that met them when they got there. Tulbagh was the site of a serious earthquake that wrecked a lot of the town but it has been restored beautifully and abounds in gorgeous National Monument houses, some of which are restaurants worth eating at.
Of course Tulbagh is also noted for some serious wine farms, one of the most beautiful of which is Saronsberg. Here you will find not only some fabulous wine and olive oil but cosy guest cottages at which you can prolong the escape from the outside world.
The reds in particular are worthy of note, scoring 4 and a half stars in the Platter Guide. The Shiraz is the recipient of many awards and is superbly rich, deep dark red, packed with delicious red berry flavours. Two blends, the Seismic, which is Cabernet led, and the Full Circle (Shiraz, Grenache and others,) are superb examples of the art of winemaker Dewaldt Heyns, but my favourite is the crisply dry MCC Brut, a cracker of a wine made from Chardonnay, just the thing when life needs a lift, which as far as I am concerned is every day.
The tasting room is packed with fabulous works of art and one gets the feeling of tasting wine in an elegant, very tasteful gallery. Well worth a visit.