A visit to Sugarbosch Bistro at the Webersburg Wine Estate

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Life in Cape Town is pretty amazing, but now and then I just need to get out. Don’t we all know that feeling? There are many place in the Western Cape enticing us with their charm, but one of the best places to spend a relaxed afternoon are certainly the Cape Winelands known for their natural beauty, tranquility and foremost their excellent wine. I have explored Stellenbosch and its surrounding wine estates quite a bit, so finding a particularly shiny gem in that treasure chest always makes me feel exuberant. And the Webersburg Wine Estate is just such a lustrous jewel.

Established in 1693, Webersburg is a boutique wine estate nestled to the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. Their historic wine cellar dates back to 1786, highlighting 220 year of wine-making history. On a sunny late summer’s day, my partner and I went for lunch at the estate’s latest addition, the Sugarbosch Bistro. Formerly the wine tasting venue, it now invites visitors not only to enjoy a tasting of Webersburg’s lovely red wines, but also to stay and eat breakfast or lunch, while enjoying the view of the nearby lake and the surrounding Hidden Valley.

Their menu is small, but offers delights for vegetarians as well as meat and fish lovers alike. All food is prepared freshly and only locally grown and mainly organic produce is used for the meals.

We order the pan seared parmesan and herb crusted hake and the beetroot, basil and feta burger, which comes with hand-cut chips.

While we wait for our food, we enjoy the tranquillity on the stoop, watch the ducks and geese play on the lake and nibble on the home-baked bread dipped in olive oil. The seasonally inspired menu is designed to pair well with the Webersburg wines, so I order a glass of their Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 to go with my burger. Good things take time and so the award-winning winemaker allows the wine to age for up to four years, first in French oak barrels and then in bottles. Their wine is mainly exported overseas and is locally available only in selected wine shops (such as at the V&A Waterfront) and in a few restaurants.

Our food is brought to us by our attentive and lovely waitress. I have to say, service in South Africa sometimes feels like Russian roulette with 5 bullets in the drum, so finding a restaurant with well-trained, friendly and attentive staff is always a sincere pleasure.

The food tastes just like an honest, home-cooked meal should taste like – you can actually taste the love that goes into preparing the food.

Both, the burger and the fish with all their sides are delicious, but my special praise goes to the Beurre Blanc sauce for the fish. It is divine! For dessert, we share a platter of Petite Fours offering a taste of the pastry chef’s superb baking skills.

To walk off this lovely meal, we wander around the green estate featuring a total of four lakes. Webersburg Wine Estate also offers accommodation in their Main Manor and in the Jonkershuis, both in reed-thatched Cape Dutch style. The venue with this breathtaking backdrop is ideal for weddings and the Main Manor is very popular with the bridal couples, of course. The rest of the party can find accommodation in the owner’s cottage (three bedrooms) and in the ten Vineyard cottages situated further up the estate with stunning views of the dam and the mountain range.

The bistro is open every day; breakfast is served between 8:00 and 10:00 am and lunch between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. It’s best to book, especially on a Sunday, as the Sugarbosch Bistro is gaining in popularity quickly. From the 1 April, the bistro will also be open in the evening on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The wine tastings in this beautiful venue are available Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

This is just the place you want to go to if you feel like a break and a mouth-watering meal! But also if you feel like good wine in beautiful surroundings!

P.S. We had some issues with our camera so we had to use images supplied by the venue and some mobile phone images but we can vouch that the food looks as pictured and sorry for the lower quality pics towards the end.

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Alexandra is a tourist guide, writer, translator for German & English, improviser and environmentalist with all her heart and soul. She enjoys experimental vegetarian/vegan cooking with high emphasis on organic and locally grown food. She is also a tea connoisseur (read: total tea snob). If she isn't hiking up some mountain, enjoying a glass of wine at sunset or getting down and dirty in her little garden, she is happiest driving down an unknown road and ending up at a place that turns out to be a still undiscovered gem.
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