The picture in the wine-route brochure does not do it justice - it is a lovely place. The old historic buildings have lots of character and everything is extremely well maintained. Informal meals are served outside on a patio area under a shady tree, a "garden-cafe" . There is another larger patio and proper restaurant around the corner but that was not operational lunchtime mid- week when we visited in February. Only three or four tables were occupied - all by foreign tourists - enjoying a leisurely lunch or maybe just a cup of coffee, or glass of wine - it is that sort of place.
The French ownership is evident in the formal garden of clipped lavender hedges in front of the state-of-the-art tasting centre. It is a huge long room - looks very new and very modern... maybe a function room as well. Wide stairs, marble I think, curve down to a "foyer" where you can see into the cellar. When we visited there were no other people tasting so were able to spend a enjoyable half-hour chatting and sampling with the very pleasant local chap in charge of the tasting.
I get the impression they focus more on weddings and functions so during the week it is a good place to pop into for a quiet interlude. It is particularly gratifying to see the meticulous care taken to preserve SA's cultural heritage.
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