Our first visit to a wine farm was at Solms Delta in Franshoek, which came highly recommended by our friend and Maid of Honour Busi.
We were welcomed by the bubbly Mercia and she directed us on the historic tour of this wine farm. We really enjoyed the tour as it wasn’t the conventional wine tour however more of how the farm was founded.
Solms Delta used to be a fruit farm which formed part of Rhodes fruit farms, only in 2001 when it was bought by the new owner Professor Mark Solms did Solms Delta plant the first grape vines with the aim of producing vino and the first wines were produced five years later in 2006.
Mercia took us through the history of the families who lived on this farm and still occupy the farm lands to this day. It was amazing listening to her insight and stories, Mercia was born on this farm too and is the first of only a few to finish school as well as go onto complete her tertiary education. She is passionate and very animated making her stories come to life with her accents and role play.
As a coloured South African it is always interesting to learn about our history as these stories are not often heard and I am so intrigued to find out more about my heritage.
After the exciting historic tour, we had a wine tasting experience led by the knowledgable Mercia. We tasted the ‘Heritage range’ which is different from their other available ranges as the grapes are desiccated by hand. We thoroughly enjoyed the wine and even bought two signature Solms Delta bottles to take home with us.
Following our tour we had lunch at the Fyndraai restaurant:
We had starters of bobotie samosas, creamy baleria dip & paaper bites that we coupled with west coast fish cakes, pineapple salsa and rocket salad.
For the main course we had the glazed pork belly, mashed potato, pickled spekboom potato crisp as well as braised kingklip, pickled waterbloometjies, brandade and vine tomatoes paired with white wine.
For dessert we had traditional melkterk and pineapple fridge tart with kei-apple ice cream. The desserts were plated so beautifully and looked so good that I totally forgot to get a picture before the meal was all gone.
This was definitely my favourite restaurant to dine at in Cape Town. We enjoyed all the meals that are cooked in the traditional Malay style with Dutch/German influence with a modern twist.
This is a definite must visit wine farm for all foodies and wine lovers.
Solms Delta is much more than a wine farm it’s a celebration of where we come from.
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