A note of warning that this wine estate charges for tasting even if you buy from them! We did not pay a tasting charge in any other winery we visited over 2 days in the Stellenbosch & Constantia areas - we did buy at least 1 bottle in each though.
During our recent stay in Capetown we were recommended to try this estate for lunch, and having read the mostly positive reviews, we booked for Saturday lunch. We asked when we arrived if we could taste their chardonnays to pick one to have with lunch and said we would finish wine tasting the reds after our meal. We were told by the woman who greeted us at the wine sales area that would be fine.
Once we decided on the wine, we were informed we couldn't buy a bottle to have in the restaurant, as it costs over twice the price in there. So we agreed we would buy it there; as we moved toward the restaurant, the man who had served us the tastings came after us to ask for the tasting fee - we explained we would be returning to try the reds afterwards.
After lunch we returned to the tasting area. The setting is lovely, we tried some lovely wines and ordered six bottles to be delivered to our home. We completed all the paperwork - as we left we were followed out by the lady who had served and she asked for a tasting fee of 120 rand!
This is after we ordered 6 bottles of wine, drank another bottle at over twice the price in the restaurant, along with us both having 2 courses each, plus water and beer at lunch!
When we mentioned all this to the concierge and our chauffeur for the day back at our hotel, he were astonished and rang Delaire to follow up. Apparently, according to Jacques (in the Delaire wine tasting area), it is their standard practice to charge for tasting if you do not spend over 1000 rand - unless you are a tourist, in which case they DO STILL charge a tasting fee!
It wasn't so much the amount of the charge that annoys me, it's the fact we were not informed of this at any stage - and I think it's very cheeky/greedy to target tourists who do spend money there.
With regard to the actual lunch, it was lovely food in a beautiful setting as previous reviewers have mentioned. The only problem arose when I asked the waiter if we could have a side portion of hand-cut chips to accompany our mains. They are not listed as a side dish and he said they were only served with the "fish & chips" on the menu. That fish is battered - I had ordered the grilled fish. I asked him to please go and check with someone, and said if we could not have hand-cut chips I wanted to speak to a manager - thankfully he came back to say they would allow me to have them!
We visited at 1.30pm on a Saturday and both the patio area and inside the restaurant were half full.
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