South African Winelands

John and I traveled to South Africa and Zimbabwe in December 2010.

South Africa Winelands

Our first stop was the Cape Winelands for 3 glorious days of food and wine.


South Africa Winelands

Highlights

  • Lodging
    • Allegria
  • Restaurants
    • Jordan Restaurant
    • Tokara
    • Rust En Vrede
  • Wineries
    • Alto
    • Delaire Graff Estate

We positioned ourselves at Allegria, a charming guesthouse about 10 minutes outside of Stellenbosch:

South Africa Winelands

And then ate and drank and ate some more.

Jordan Restaurant

South Africa Winelands

The ambiance was peaceful, yet trendy.

South Africa Winelands

And the food was brilliant, exactly what you’d expect from Eat Out’s #3 restaurant in South Africa.

Salt & Sugar Cured Trout with a smoked garlic dressing, onion rings, and onion flower:

South Africa Winelands

Steamed Saldanha Bay Mussels with coconut milk, ginger, and lemongrass:

South Africa Winelands

Wood-fired Crispy Pork Belly:

South Africa Winelands

And last but not least, a trip to the cheese room for dessert:

South Africa Winelands

Tokara

Our meal was exceptional and deserved every oooo and ahhhh after each bite.

South Africa Winelands

We both started with creations from the Chef’s specials.

South Africa Winelands

South Africa Winelands

King Klip:

South Africa Winelands

Ostrich Filet.

South Africa Winelands

The food was creative and the view of the Simonsberg Mountains, False Bay, Table Mountain and the lush Idas Valley was the icing on the cake.

South Africa Winelands

Rust En Vrede

South Africa Winelands

Rust En Vrede opened in 2008, and has consistently been on Eat Out Magazine Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa.

Rust En Vrede

When we visited, David Higgs was Eatout Magazine’s Chef of The Year.

Rust En Vrede

That was one hell of a meal!

Rust En Vrede

Alto

South Africa Winelands

I really like wineries that only make red wine, don’t you?

South Africa Winelands

Delaire Graff Estate

South Africa Winelands

Graff, as in Graff Diamonds.

Hands down, Delaire wins for best view.

South Africa Winelands

The estate is situated on the highest crest of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass.

We sat outside on the balcony and tasted 6 of their wines.

South Africa Winelands

South African food and wine was even better than I anticipated.

South Africa Winelands

There is no doubt in my mind that I will return one day for more.

South Africa Winelands

Next stop, Cape Town.

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South Africa is one of my favorite places in the world! See more trips and photos HERE.

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