Make Valentine’s special at a Cape wine farm

Make Valentine’s special at a Cape wine farm

There’s virtually nothing as romantic as celebrating Valentine’s Day with a lover on one of the Cape’s many award winning wine farms. Following is a selection of some of the best Valentine’s options to make it an extra special year.

Durbanville Hills
Whisper sweet nothings in your beloved’s ear when you head to Durbanville Hills Wines for a feast of Valentine’s Day treats on February 14.
The Eatery at Durbanville Hills will be offering something for everyone whether it be a romantic picnic under the olive trees, lunch served either inside the newly refurbished restaurant or on the deck overlooking the valley, as well as a special Valentine’s Day three-course dinner.
The picnics are offered from 12pm to 3.30pm and again from 7pm to 9pm. Cost is R420 per basket serving two and includes the use of a picnic blanket, cushions, cutlery, crockery and glassware.
Lunch will be served from the à la carte menu from 12:00 to 15:00 and includes a complimentary glass of Merlot Rosé on arrival.
Bookings are essential for the picnics and three-course dinner and recommended for lunch. Call The Eatery on 021 5581337, or send an email to info@dheatery.co.za.

Nederburg
Nederburg’s novel restaurant the Red Table, with its unique configuration of red tables meandering through the Manor House and into the gardens, will add an exciting twist to its standard menu on Thursday February 14.
On this day only extra starter items will include West Coast oysters with chilli, lime and rice vinegar, as well as a helping of tempura tiger prawns with a crisp fresh baby leaf and mango salad on the side.
For the main course try the grilled Norwegian salmon served with a warm fondant potato, leek and cherry tomato salad drizzled with a lemon dressing. From the range of desserts the Valentine special is a soothingly sweet upside-down honey cheesecake with seasonal berry compote.
Starters range from R65 to R90 per person and mains are priced from R75 to R145. A selection of desserts is available from R45 to R55.
For something a little different a Valentine picnic basket for two or more can also be pre-ordered for R250 per person. The baskets will come packed to the brim with finely prepared savoury and sweet treats. The basket also contains favourites such as strawberries dipped in Belgium chocolate and petite red velvet cupcakes are included. There is also a bottle of Nederburg Brut to add to the occasion.
Booking is essential. For reservations at the restaurant, or to pre-book picnic baskets, call 021 862 3104 or send an e-mail to theredtable@nederburg.co.za. Visit www.nederburg.com/theredtable for more information.

Sterling EQ at Nitida
The SAMA-winning Sterling EQ’s picnic concert at Nitida Wine Estate has become an annual highlight on the Durbanville events calendar, and the 2013 event will coincide with Valentine’s Day to make this an event not to be missed.
Cassia, signature restaurant at the estate, will spoil lovebirds with a picnic offering to complement the romantic open-air ambiance of Sterling EQ’s concert around the dam. The quartet, fresh from releasing their third studio album ‘PULSE’, will perform songs from the new album, as well as hits from their previous award-winning releases ‘Nova’, ‘Sterling EQ Live in Concert’ and ‘Sterling Speel Afrikaans’.
Concert tickets are R600 per couple or R300 per person, including a picnic basket filled with a variety of sweet and savoury eats, as well a bottle of Cassia’s red or white wine. Yummy packages are available for kids under 12 years at R60 each.

Tickets are available at Computicket. Only food and beverages purchased at the venue will be allowed. Doors open at 6.30m and concert starts at 7.30pm. Guests are encouraged to bring along picnic blankets or camping chairs. Call 021 976 0640, or send an email to info@cassiarestaurant.co.za for more information.