Tulbagh - DIe Land van Waveren
Early Thursday morning about 10 of us were on a Hylton Ross bus to visit Die Land van Waveren or rather Tulbagh as the most of you may know it. A mere 110 km from Cape Town you will find the charming town of Tulbagh. Tulbagh is situated on Cape Route 62, in the Witzenberg Municipality Area and forms part of the longest wine route in South Africa.
This historical town is almost surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, the Obiqua Mountains on the west side, Winterhoek in the north and the Witzenberg Mountains on the eastern side. Vineyards and fruit trees are all over the valley, so imagine how beautiful this town is during spring time. Find your way to Church Street and you will see 32 buildings; all declared as Provincial Monuments and constitute the largest concentration of Provincial Monuments in one street in South Africa.
After the scenic drive to Tulbagh we all needed something to drink. CoffeedMe Coffee Shop was waiting for us with nice scones with cream and fresh tea. The owners, Shylock and Chris are hands on and do all the preparing and catering themselves. They have a special take away menu available, so if your time is limit you can just take something on the go.
At CoffeedMe we met with Patty, the CEO of Tulbagh Tourism. Patty is a very positive and vibrant person, she is passionate about her work and town and well-know in Tulbagh. Patty took us to De Oudekerk Volksmuseum.
This church was built in 1743 and is the oldest Church in South Africa that is still in its original cross-shaped form. Anneline Fredericks welcomed us with the sounds of a Psalm on a penny-in-the-slot symphonium. Anneline told us about her experience during the earthquake (6.4 on the richter scale) on 29 September 1969, she was 18 years old back then. The only damage to the church was cracks in the walls. Today the Church is still used for weddings.
One of our highlights of the day was definitely our visit to Moniki Chocolates. Chocolates is almost like diamonds; a girls best friend. We enjoyed handcrafted Belgian Chocolates with a cup of coffee. There were three chocolates in our plates; mine were chilli and pinotage, Amarula and Brandy. All of them were very delicious, but just a warning, the chilli is very hot!
It was very hard to leave all that chocolates behind, but we had to go, so we bought some supplies to take with us.
Montpellier was waiting for us with a picnic lunch. We met with Marguerite Nel, the marketer and Theo Brink the man behind all the Montpellier wines. Mostly all of their wines go to the bulk market, but they do bottle some. We tasted their new bubbly, but it will only be released in three months time. Theo also gave us some Theo’s Synchrony 2009. This is a 50% 50% Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc blend. If you like red wines more, try their Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. The wine estate has a beautiful Cape Dutch Homestead with a lovely garden. If you are looking for a wedding venue, consider Montpellier with the picturesque chapel amongst the vineyards with extraordinary views of the surrounding mountains.
Our next stop was at Twee Jonge Gezellen, the House of Krone. Luke and Nicky Krone welcomed us and shared some of the family history with us. Twee Jonge Gezellen is 300 years in the hands of the Krone family. Nicky says that the plan in generations and not in years and I think that is what causes their huge success. Twee Jonge Gezellen is the oldest family farm in the pioneer district of Tulbagh and the second oldest family-owned wine estate in South Africa. After we breathed in the extraordinary views of the valley, Nicky showed us his underground cellar. Now the best was still to come, the sabrage. Sabrage is the technique of opening a bottle of MCC Sparkling or Champagne with a sabre, this being a specific kind of sword. Nicky showed us how it worked and one of the girls in the grouped opened the bottle for us. Matthew Krone, the winemaker and viticulturist or rather window washer & part-time super-hero as he calls himself, joined us at this stage. We tasted the Krone Borealis Cuvee Brut, Krone Rose Cuvee Brut and the Nicolas Charles Krone Marque 1 Methode Cap Classique. You can definitely spend a day with these guys, it will be worth the drive and the bubbly is really something that you must try!! Once you have tasted it, you will hardly look at another label (from my experience!!).
We checked into our different accommodation in Tulbagh. I stayed at the Tulbagh Hotel and had a really nice room. This is a 4 star hotel. The en-suite rooms are very spacious and comfortable. A bottle of wine and some easter eggs welcomed me. They offer scrumptious breakfasts in the morning and sundowners in their Lounge Bar.
Our day ended with sundowners at Rijks Country Lodge, Dinner at Readers and a nice ‘kuier’ with the locals in the Tulbagh Hotel.
If you ever need to just break away for the weekend or a few days during the week, make sure that your GPS is set for Tulbagh. Even if you do not have a whole weekend to spend there, a day trip will do the trick. During June Christmas in winter will be taking place in Tulbagh, so book now before all accommodation is booked out.
PAARL VINTNERS OPENS CHALLENGE TO ALL
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EXPLORE THE ROBERTSON VALLEY
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LITTLE PLACE OF LUXURY
A PARADISE THAT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE
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GET YOUR KICKS ON SOUTH AFRICA'S ROUTE 62
SOUTH AFRICA ROUTE 62: SCENERY, OSTRICHES, COAST
WINTER MAGIC IN MONTAGU
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED – PORT ELIZABETH TO CAPE TOWN
SPRING INTO SUMMER WITH JUNO'S ROSé
LANGKLOOF GETS ALL STEAMED UP WITH NEW ROUTE 62 PLAN
JUNO WINE COMPANY
ROUTE 62: THE WORLD'S LONGEST WINE ROUTE
ROUTE 62 BRANDY ROUTE
CINDERELLA OF THE BREEDE