In a magical valley framed by rolling, Aloe fringed lawns; majestic Franschhoek mountains; and lush, mature vines – lies delcious Delheim: a one-of-a-kind wine farm imbued with is own secret (geheim) charm.
Turn off the main road leading from Klapmuts (near Paarl) towards Stellenbosch, and begin to sing the song of the enchanted vines. It is a happy song and you will feel the hedgerows joining in as you meander past Muratie (17thC dwelling, now a separate restaurant) and on towards a clearing in the vineyards that announces you have arrived.
A new chef, new culinary delights and recently opened gardens for short walks and for children to play are all on the menu.
On this Heritage Day, Delheim did us, and itself, proud. We lunched in the delightful, old cellar amidst tapestries, museum items, old books and priceless bottles of mature wines. (Outside a snoek braai and a ‘boere orches’ brought just the right note to the festivities.)
The charming Alicia made us very welcome and soon we were sipping large glasses of pinotage rosé and tucking into huge cheese and sausage platters. These were accompanied by delicious breads, olives, onion marmalade, salads, onion tart, and preserved and fresh fruit slices. We rounded off the meal with ‘koeksusters’ (a South African variant of doughnuts in iced syrup) and gallons of strong coffee.
Such Cape culture, so filled with heritage past and such a shop window to showcase South Africa! Take home some of their best vintages (at special prices) to remind you of the day and make plans to return soon. Delheim (the delicious secret) will surely call you back.
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