Posted by Lorenzo Samuels on 25 January 2018 4:00 PM CAT
Regular workshops is held at Babylonstoren as they see it as an ideal opportunity to share what they’ve learned – not only about their garden but about gardening in general.
Paarl is feeling the craft beer pull and has its own share of great craft beer breweries. If you love good beer then you definitely need to visit these two this summer. Even better, why not book a tour with The Beer Route who offers an excellent craft beer experience.
Summer is the ideal time to head for the outdoors and the stunning Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington are ready to welcome visitors for a sizzling summer. From picnics to game drives, outdoor events and adventures as well as great gourmet offerings, wine tastings and amazing accommodation deals, Paarl and Wellington should be your summer destination of choice.
Take two of South Africa’s iconic products, mix in some live music and gourmet eats, place it in the scenic environment of a Boland wine farm – and you end up with the annual Pinotage and Biltong Festival. It takes place for the fourth time this year on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 April at Perdeberg Winery from 11h00-17h00.
Eighteen wineries offer nearly 50 Pinotage’s for tasting and for sale, some of which are paired with specific biltong flavours van variants, chosen to highlight the best qualities of both. The wines range from the traditional red Pinotage right up to Rosé’s, sparkling wine, MCC, blends and even a white Pinotage!
A bit of history
In 1657, a giant granite rock glistening in the sun after a rainstorm was seen by Abraham Gabemma while he was searching for additional meat resources for the new Dutch immigrants at the Cape of Good Hope. He named this granite rock, “de Diamondt” and “de Peerlberg”, which translates to “The Diamond” and “Pearl Mountain”.
35 Years after the arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck at the Cape, in 1687, some Dutch settlers were given land for farming on the banks of the Berg River nearby. The perfect conditions for farming such as fertile soil and the Mediterranean-like climate of this region, gave a major advantage for the settlers to plant orchards, vegetables gardens and above all, vineyards, which today produce some of the best red wines in the world.
Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved plaaswerwe (farmyards) in the Cape. Beloved for its garden that is laid out over 3,5 magnificent hectares (8 acres), the structure divides into 15 sections that include fruit, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, a clivia tunnel and a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import.
The Bridge House Mile, proudly sponsored by Standard Bank, now in its 5th year has announced that the event will be hosted on Sunday 4th February 2018 at Val de Vie Estate, Paarl.