Living loud with Liezel: Warming up on rainy days

Living loud with Liezel: Warming up on rainy days
By Liezel van der Westhuizen

By Liezel van der Westhuizen

Last rainy Tuesday I decided to explore the wine lands of the Stellenbosch region. My sister was in the Mother City and together we plotted our route using the Stellenbosch Wine Routes map that we had received from www.wineroute.co.za. I haven’t really had a chance to explore the Stellenbosch wine route since moving to Cape Town and we thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to spend some sister time together.
We started our day with an amazing experience at Simonsig where we received the most incredible service from Denzel Swarts, their wine advisor, who made us feel very welcome. We weren’t very knowledgeable about wines, but left feeling very clued up. We also spent an enjoyable morning in front of the fire place in the tasting room, enjoying their wines and keeping entertained with a selection of board games, which was perfect on the rainy day.

Then we headed to lunch at Towerbosch at Knorhoek Wine Estate, but found it only opened from Wednesdays to a Sundays.
We’d heard favourable reviews about this restaurant, so we were disappointed, but we did however enjoy a great wine tasting experience.
We were then told of a beautiful wine farm to explore, namely Beyerskloof, which is a fine estate that makes a variety of delicious wines.
They’re open all week except Sundays. And by this time we were feeling rather hungry, so we stopped by their Red Leaf Restaurant, warmed ourselves up at their fireplace and enjoyed an incredible selection from their menu.

We were blown away by their Pinotage Burger and their Pork Belly, which is slow cooked and served with French green lentils, pork jus and apple sauce. For dessert We enjoyed the Pinotage Gelato and the Buttermilk and Strawberry Pannacotta. The food and service were incredible.
So if you’re looking for somewhere warm next to a fire to enjoy wine, good food and good company, you won’t have to travel very far from the Mother City.