- Babylonstoren, Paarl
In the Drakenstein Valley, in between Paarl and Franschhoek, lies the Babylonstoren estate. What makes them so special, is their incredible fruit and vegetable garden. Made up of beautifully arranged fruit trees and endless amounts of different vegetable branches, Babylonstoren gives the opportunity to not only pick your own lunch, but also enjoy the freshest of foods cooked for you in their restaurant. I particularly enjoy Babylonstoren for exploring the great farm and eating lunch in their greenhouse. Anything Babylonstoren serves is fresh (their approach: ‘we grow what we eat’), and their wine selection is great.
- La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek
The Winelands are never short of fine dining opportunities, and most of them have the most magnificent locations and settings. Although we’re spoilt for choice, La Petite Ferme is the absolute winner when it comes to a view. The menu is versatile and not too pricey, the wines are great. So when you’re close to Franschhoek and looking for a sunset to enjoy, La Petite Ferme will most likely be your best option.
- Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch
When it comes to decadence, the Winelands offer nothing but top standard. Delaire is perhaps the most luxurious, or even opulent in appearance, and its estate and restaurant show their dedication to the finest of details. Delaire has one of the most stunning driveways, and an incredible valley view. The restaurant is worth a visit too, as the food experience matches the looks. Make sure to have a look at their modern cellar when you’re there, and have a peek in their open kitchen.
(picture: La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek)