Riebeek-Kasteel, Jewel of the Swartland

A go to to the picturesque   city  of Riebeek-Kasteel, north of  Cape   City , will give you a very distinctive South African expertise. Merely comply with the N7 out of the town and as soon as you've got reached Malmesbury, comply with the sign-posts to this quaint one-horse-town. Barely an hour's drive from the town, the village is located towards the slopes of the Kasteelberg (Fort Mountain), within the coronary heart of the Swartland area.

Aside from the pure great thing about the Riebeek valley and the dramatic surrounds of the Swartland mountains, there are numerous points of interest to go to within the space. The Swartland is well-known for it is excellent wines and olives and Riebeek-Kasteel and the encompassing valley is an ideal instance of its fruitfulness.

Located proper on the entrance to the village, is Kloovenburg - a stupendous  Cape  Dutch property with wonderful wines and olive merchandise. Park beneath the century-old oak timber and go to the Kloovenburg cellar for a style of their world-class produce. Right here, wine maker Pieter du Toit produces excellent pink wines and the property is particularly well-known for its first-rate Shiraz. Du Toit's spouse, Annalene is the olive skilled and is answerable for the property's superlative olive oil which just lately gained the "Migliore Olio Extravergine di Oliva - Fruttato Intenso" award in Italy for one of the best licensed high quality olive oil on the earth. A few of her different excellent olive merchandise embrace olive tapenade, olive jam, scrumptious black olives in blue-berry vinegar and a variety of olive magnificence merchandise.

Across the nook from the legendary Kloovenburg, en path to the middle of  city , cease on the intriguing  Cape  Francolin Artwork Lodge. Right here proprietor David Bellamy and his canine Clive, current their lodge as a dwelling murals. The property is an eccentric mixture of cosy lodging, off-beat installations, numerous discovered objects, critical artwork and formal exhibition area, and the lodge's everlasting assortment even embrace works by such esteemed worldwide artists as Damien Hirst, Wolfgang Tillmans and Jean Cocteau. Have a cup of tea within the previous barn, superbly restored because the "Stoep D'amour" or witness artists-in-residence producing their work on website. Numerous artworks in addition to lights, wrought iron sculptures and ceramics are on the market. The lodge additionally hosts a once-a-month, seven-course supper membership influenced by the recipes of legendary South African author and prepare dinner, C. Louis Leipoldt. When you're not round for one in every of these particular evenings, merely purchase a jar of "the most effective home-made strawberry jam on the earth".

Reverse the enigmatic  Cape  Francolin, pop in on the Olive Boutique the place they promise the "Final Olive Expertise". All kinds of olives, olive oils and pastes in addition to beauty merchandise, can be found. Or watch the olive press making actual olive oil.

Take a flip to the fitting, a few hundred metres down the street from right here, and you will find your self within the coronary heart of the village. Right here you'll be able to loosen up for a cup of espresso at Cafe Oppie Sq. the place scrumptious breakfasts and different "nation fare" like home-made bread, hearty soups, and confectionery is served. An enclosed backyard makes it the right spot for households with youngsters. For a barely extra formal environment head to the gorgeous  Cape  Victorian homestead of the Kasteelberg Inn. It is lovely thick partitions, picket flooring and hearth makes it an ideal winter location.

On the best way to the neighbouring  city  of Riebeek Wes, Allesverloren Wine Property is legendary for its full-bodied pink wines similar to Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The estates additionally produces a legendary Port wine. On the opposite aspect of the village, heading in the direction of the close by hamlet of Hermon, you will discover Riebeek Cellars the place all kinds of regionally produced purple and white wines can be found. Drawing on centuries of Huguenot wine-making custom, Riebeek cellars produce wines of outstanding high quality, catering for a large market with their vary of extraordinarily reasonably priced wines.

Again within the village, L'Angle pub and restaurant is the right location for a lazy afternoon beer or late night time drinks. When you keep late sufficient you may simply end up partying with a bunch of pleasant, eccentric locals. For a quieter choice, attempt the charming Victorian-style pub of The Vacationers Relaxation. One other Riebeek-Kasteel icon is the just lately renovated Royal Lodge. This 150-year previous institution now boasts a 4 star score in addition to a model new restaurant, pub, convention middle and amphitheater.

Whether or not you are a discerning wine-lover or fanatical about olives, head to Riebeek-Kasteel for a soothing weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the town, or a day journey of wining, eating and true South African hospitality.

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