Last year we re-posted Claire Gunn's blog on Akasha Mountain Retreat. Her photographs were incredible, and we just can't get enough. That's why we've created not one, but two Steller Stories about this magical destination. Take a look!
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The word is out: rosé wine as a category is on fire! Rosé wine sales in South Africa have trebled between 2007 and 2014 and rosé wine production around the world is becoming very serious business indeed.
We've recently sent out a call for entries for Rosé Rocks! South Africa's first rosé wine competition, where wine guru, Allan Mullins is the judging chair.
The idea behind Rosé Rocks is to promote the rosé wine category both nationally and
internationally, and give it the boost it deserves. The Rosé Rocks! awards will recognise top labels and producers of both rosé wine and MCC in South Africa.
The awards will be held in September and will be followed by many other exciting rosé wine events.
We recently popped in at Hemelhuijs Restaurant in De Waterkant Street, Cape Town and were delighted with what we found - take a look!
A unique new concept to Cape Town, owner Luke Williams who trained in the art of cheese making at the Nottingham School of Artisan Food, brought Culture Club Cheese to life and the little shop-cum-restaurant has created a bit of a buzz. Luke is an expert in all things cheesy and fermented. While working at the famous La Fromagerie in London he was able to develop his cheese making and fermenting skills which he now shares with all of us – by way of delicious, tangy cheeses and magical microbiological juices.
The shop has a cheese counter, where you’ll find Luke, or his wife, Jessica most days and over 50 different types of cheeses to choose from.
Culture Club Cheese also boasts a restaurant serving breakfast which includes poached seasonal fruit with free range yoghurt, stacked pancakes and a hot banting option, lunch where you can choose from cheese-based dishes like pea and mint risotto with Gonedsa Boerenkaas, not-so-traditional toasties with mature cheddar, walnuts, caramelised onions and apple sauce; and desserts such as buffalo milk cheesecake and probiotic chocolate kefir pudding.
Luke is full of stories about his journey with cheese, and chats happily to visitors as they come pouring through the door of the little yellow cheese shop on Bree.
The new kid on the proverbial block is Culture Club Cheese, which has taken up residence next door to Bacon on Bree (Bree Street, Cape Town).
Our dear friend, Allison Foat of Cape Town Diva blog, visited Culture Club Cheese on Bree Street in Cape Town last week. Here's her story: https://steller.co/s/4VVXxJJyd3V
We visited the last Oranjezicht City Farm market day at former-premiere, Helen Zille's estate at Leeuwenhof on 30 May - here's our story: https://steller.co/s/4VfakhC5jvp
Culture Club Cheese on Bree Street has just opened. It specialises in artisanal South African cheese and cheeses from around the world.
Culture Club Cheese is owned and run by Luke Williams, a cheesemaker from the UK and his wife, Jessica Merton. Luke trained in the art of cheese making at the Nottingham School of Artisan Food and spent four years as a cheesemonger at the famous La Fromagerie in London. He also travelled around South Africa for a year, working alongside over 40 artisanal cheesemakers whose cheeses are available at Culture Club Cheese.
The shop sells over 50 different types of cheese, bread, coffee, charcuterie, condiments, seasonal fruit and veg and lots of store cupboard essentials; and also serves breakfasts, light lunches and cheese platters.
Coming soon, Culture Club Cheese will be announcing pop up dining experiences.
A series of cheese tasting events paired with wine, champagne, craft beer and whiskey, as well as cheese making workshops will be rolled out.
Tuesday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturdays 9am – 4pm
215 Bree Street, Cape Town
Telephone: 072 428 9572
Graciales is a new eating experience located at Peddlars & Co. in Constantia.
The emphasis at Graciales is on sociability and the sharing of food.
The food: expect the unexpected! Small plates of deliciousness, perfect for sharing with friends and family. Sticky Pork Belly with Salted Caramel, Beef Tataki and Chicharrónes with Hot Sauce – dishes jumping with flavour.
The drinks: the wine list focuses on the Constantia Valley Estates and there is a crafted menu of classic cocktails.
Award-winning Chef Brad Ball is passionate about sustainability. This is reflected in the produce he uses.
The Graciales interior is funky and bright. This inviting space spills out onto the terrace beneath the oak trees.
“The food at Graciales is about exciting taste buds and people enjoying themselves.” says Brad Ball.
Graciales Opening Times
Monday – Thursday 3pm to 11pm
Friday – Sunday 12pm to 11pm
Peddlars & Co.
Spaanschemat River Road, Cape Town, 7806
Telephone: 021 794 7747
Laborie Farm first began making wines in 1698, and is one of the oldest operational wine farms in South Africa. Situated under the iconic Paarl Rock, Laborie produces a range of award winning MCC’s, wines, an estate brandy and a unique fortified Pinotage dessert wine.
Visitors can stay overnight in luxurious 4-star accommodation and enjoy excellent seasonal and locally sourced food at Harvest Restaurant.
As we gear up to welcome the arrival of autumn, people all over the Cape are flocking to the winelands to make the most of the last of the summer days, and there are few places better to while away your time than at Laborie Wine Farm.
One of the oldest operational wine farms in the country, Laborie offers a taste for every palate and delights for every age.
Taste on the Deck
This new restaurant at Laborie, is a thoughtful extension of the original tasting room, and offers glorious views of the vineyards and Paarl Rock. Here, guests can relax on the spacious deck and pair a wide range of wines and bubbly (including the award-winning 2010 Blanc de Blancs MCC) with mouth-watering charcuterie platters, tapas style dishes and even chocolate and macarons. For the little ones, Taste offers grape juice and sweeties pairings and also boasts the most picturesque jungle gym in Paarl.
Bar Di Bar
Those looking to sample some fantastic craft beer should look no further than Laborie’s quirky and original new venue, Bar Di Bar, which offers local craft beers by the bottle or on-tap as well as tasty tapas to share. This retro addition to Laborie Wine Farm comes complete with an old-school juke box and a 1970’s Volkswagen Surfer Kombi which serves as the bar.
A longstanding favourite, the #KLINK award-winning Harvest restaurant continues to serve up scrumptious locally-sourced and sustainable food. Chef Matthew Gordon’s soon to be launched autumn menu is sure to tickle the taste buds. The garden terrace offers the perfect setting to take in the scenic surrounds, sip the farm’s wines and tuck into delicious, beautifully presented food.
Jonkershuis luxury self-catering accommodation
The newly-renovated Jonkershuis is the ideal accommodation option for a night spent in the winelands. Sleeping six, and tastefully decorated in Cape French style, this luxurious self-catering holiday home features a terrace with mountain views and a sparkling blue swimming pool. Jonkershuis at Laborie is currently running a special offer of R2,750 per night for the house.