Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate in the Overberg between Bot River and Caledon, has teamed up withresident chef Frans Groenewald to offer a new Mediterranean tapas-style taster menu.
Served on the winery’s broad veranda or in the shaded courtyard, each taster comprises four wines and five small snack-dishes, as well as a Schiacciata Coll’uva – a traditional Tuscan focaccia made with grapes. Bites include chorizo and calamari, pan-fried with red wine; mini-lamb kofta on tzatziki; hummus with fried chickpeas; dolmades; and, a fresh Caprese salad with fior di latte mozzarella, tomatoes and basil pesto.
“Now is the time to take a drive in the countryside,” says Nicolene Finlayson, tasting room manager and wife of the Gabriëlskloof cellarmaster. “The cellar has awakened with the promise of another bountiful harvest and visitors might get a sneak peek of the winemaker and his team at work and even taste the season’s grapes, fresh off the vine.”
Visitors can expect to see a working wine farm in operation; experience the cellar at the height of its activity; and, even join in the harvest.
The Mediterranean tasters are available daily, bar Tuesdays and Sundays, until the end of May and at a cost of R250 per couple sharing. Gabriëlskloof’s normal trading hours at the tasting room are Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00 and between 11h00 and 15h00 on a Saturday.