Flower arrangements at Tokara wine estate in South Africa.
Tokara is a wine estate in Franschhoek.
Skybok filmed other wine farms in the area, watch below!
Cradled by the Franschhoek Mountains and deeply rooted in history, Haute Cabrière – The Home of Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique – is one of Franschhoek’s most exquisite food and wine destinations, where visitors get to experience a deep passion for wine, a culture of wine pairing and the art of sabrage.
Many say there are farms which are haunted in the South African winelands, many farms of which have a history dating back to 1685. If you like ghost stories + the outdoors, you might be interested in the “Spookdraai” hiking trail. Click here for info.
A haunted farmhouse in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
If you’re interested in the spooky history of the winelands just outside Cape Town, La Motte wine farm offers an historic walk on Wednesday mornings from 10am-11am. The walk is concluded by tasting artisan bread freshly baked in the farmhouse kitchen. Book now here. The cost is R50 ($3). More on Cape Dutch architecture here.
Famous for its “foraging” chef Chris Erasmus, this restaurant offers sustainable comfort cooking in a relaxed bistro setting. Big fireplace, wooden tables & an open plan kitchen welcome patrons. There are local produce and wines with an emphasis on terroir cooking. I was impressed with the extensive menu of interesting flavours and unusual combinations! My fiancé had the the braised kudu shank boudin, grilled springbok, roasted bone marrow, purslane, mushroom & oyster with honey bush jus (R175 / $11). I ate the pan fried yellowtail, brandade, courgette purée, vine tomatoes & basil velouté (R150 / $9). For dessert we shared the geranium & honey iced nougatine, salted chocolate custard with hazelnut ice cream (R60 / $3). Delicious! Thank you Foliage for the exceptional meal.
*Cover photo taken at Haute Cabrière winery in Franschhoek
Street scenes in Franschhoek, South Africa. Founded 1688, it’s one of the oldest towns in the country.
+ La Motte, Champagne, La Cotte, Cabrière, La Provence, Bourgogne, La Terra de Luc and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms — most of which still retain their original Cape Dutch farm houses today. These farms have grown into renowned wineries.
Cape Dutch architecture is a traditional Afrikaner architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape of South Africa. The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the fact that the initial settlers of the Cape were primarily Dutch. The style has roots in medieval Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia.