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Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West has an exciting new addition!

September 14, 2012

One of our local wine farms, Vergelegen, has recently launched their new eatery: “Stables at Vergelegen”. This bistro style restaurant offers a varied, contemporary menu of simple and beautifully presented dishes for relaxed, family friendly meals. Whilst sipping on award-winning wines, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range and view the art works of the varied and eclectic local artists whose paintings adorn the walls.

Vergelegen Estate has a state of the art modern winery which contrasts with the beautifully preserved Cape Dutch buildings, all set in the most wonderful gardens. In addition, there is a huge conservation area and a breeding ground for Nguni cattle. While the estate continues to enjoy massive investment and has been thoughtfully re-designed for its present and future roles, its 310 year old history is kept respectfully at its heart.

You will find this to be the case at some of the latest developments, like the wine-tasting centre, through which visitors are now received at the estate – and the adjacent Stables at Vergelegen restaurant, both tastefully contemporary and offering an excellent reason to rustle up a party for a satisfying day trip.

The bistro-style eatery is called Stables because it was once the site of the estate’s old stables. As with the new tasting centre, the architecture of the restaurant complex mirrors the vernacular of the surrounding buildings, all thick walled, whitewashed and thatch roofed. And, in the midst of such breathtaking scenery, the structures have also been designed to maximise the views.

Stellenbosch based interior designer Christo Barnard, has given the roomy interiors the ‘classic with a modern twist’ treatment, so you’ll find traditional pieces in French Oak and Yellow-wood as well as lighter contemporary furnishings. There are great works of art wherever you look, from Strijdom van der Merwe’s graphic, tree-like installation at the tasting centre’s entrance, to the driftwood horse sculpture by Francois Marais in the centre of the restaurant. Elsewhere, art consultant Ilse Schermers has selected works that further resonate with the stables theme, as well as those referencing Vergelegens’ gardens and prized Nguni.

I’d recommend that you follow a tasting of Vergelegen’s highly rated wines with a delicious lunch of roast chicken, risotto or one of the good thin-based pizzas. It’s the kind of spot that will be enjoyed by people of all ages (there is a kiddies’ menu too) – you are never too old to brush up on history, and have fun doing it!

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