We’ve found Foodie Heaven! Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch werf or farm yard, dating back to 1777, offers a magical experience to those who appreciate a meal fresh from the land. And this 200-hectare wineyard and working farm, set in the Drakenstein Valley only 45 minutes from Cape Town, offers a fabulous menu of other activities!
Global Sojourns can arrange a garden tour with spirited guides who understand each plot inside and out. Afterward, you’ll savor lunch from their restaurant’s ever-changing menu – featuring what’s fresh that day. (At Babel I learned what “foodie” means!)
For those with more time, we recommend you consider experiencing Babylonstoren overnight. The accommodations are impeccably tasteful and comfortable. The whole compound comes alive after day visitors leave. And, you can wake with the chickens to be ready for a full day of unique experiences:
• Collect eggs in the morning for breakfast
• Climb a nearby hill for an expansive view of the werf and surrounding mountains
• Canoe on the pond or lounge at the pool
• Spy on birds from boardwalks that meander through the wetlands and uncultivated terrain
• Enjoy some R & R and a massage at the spa, or visit the “beach” (surprise!)
• Pick carrots and greens to feed the mules
• Wander through peaceful gardens, orchard, vineyards and farmyards after visiting hours – you may pick and sample as you go
• Take a cellar tour to observe how they produce their delectable wines
• In late afternoon, accompany the chef to harvest fruits and vegetables for your dinner
• Enjoy a proper wine tasting or kick back and savor your favorite variety informally on your patio (my favorite is the Chenin Blanc).
“I love my job!” exclaimed the delightful man who carried out my bags at a visit’s end, reflecting the wonderful vibe at Babylonstoren.