I recently went to visit the new Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room in Franschhoek and what a beautiful spot it is. Set in a traditional Cape Dutch manor house, guests who want to soak in the sun can relax on the patio overlooking the lawns or large groups can sit around a stunning wooden dining table in one of the rooms and families can simply lounge on one of the couches if they want to.
Adorning the walls is a beautiful collection of period art which depict the Cape’s landscape while the rooms are furnished with antiques. The front of the house offers views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley while the back porch displays vistas onto the rose garden and the Groot Drakenstein Mountains.
The estate offers varying tasting options at different prices covering the different ranges of wine available, from the Italian range Terra del Capo and the entry level Protea range to the Cape of Good Hope range and the Anthonij Ripert range.
My husband did the The Rupert & Rothschild tasting (R40), which features the Baronness Nadine ’10, Classique ’10, Baron Edmund ‘10 – wine tasting in celebration of partnership in wine production between South Africa and France. They had a 2nd vintage of the Baron Edmund open, which my husband got to taste as well.
I did the The Anthonij Ruperttasting (R60), which features the Optima ‘09, Merlot ‘07 & Syrah ‘07 – wine tasting showcasing our best grapes, sourced from ideal sites and the resultant fl agship wines. I also tried the 2007 red blend and a 2000 Optima, which was only open because there had been a special tasting with a client earlier in the day (or some such story)... The 2009 Optima was my favourite!
|range of Anthonij Rupert wines|
|wine tasting at the new Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room|
|olive oils for tasting at Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room|
The farm also sells jars of honey made on the estate and offers an olive oil tasting for R15 per person. They also offer a high tea (R95 per person) to guests who book in advance, with items such as koeksisters, mini candy apples, scones, sandwiches, petit fours, tarts and mousse for a minimum of 2 guests.
Tasting room hours: Monday – Saturday, 10h00 – 16h30 (closed Sundays)
Contact: 021 874 9023 or firstname.lastname@example.org