If you’ve never been wine tasting in the Helderberg region near Sir Lowry’s Pass then now is the time to add it to your Cape Town bucket list. Forget the Stellenbosch wine valley, this wine tasting area offers some of the most breathtaking views you will ever experience in the Western Cape! If that isn’t reason enough to visit then maybe the brand spanking new Idiom Restaurant and Wine Tasting Centre will be. After 10 years of creating award-winning wines, Idiom is now fully capitalising on the beauty of their wine farm and epic mountain-top views with a food-focused venue that will blow your socks off.
Visiting the farm and taking in the jaw-droppingly beautiful views from the new restaurant, conference venue, and tasting room feels like a tremendous privilege. After visiting this spot for the first time I couldn’t help but feel grateful that the Bottega family (the brains behind Idiom wines) have opened their gates to share the beauty of this spot with the world. Views like this have to be seen to be believed and there is no doubt that it is one of the most beautiful you will get the chance to experience in Cape Town. Of course, views like this need to be celebrated and the Idiom team and architect Thomas Leach did did a spectacular job with the new restaurant and tasting room which serves to enhance the beauty of its surroundings. From their seats in the restaurant, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the majestic Helderberg basin and the full expanse of the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point, with False Bay glistening in the foreground.
The new 60-seater Idiom Restaurant will open its doors in June 2016 and will offer a fusion of South African and Italian cuisine paired with Idiom wines. While the restaurant leans more towards a fine-dining space the food there will also be plenty of options of families with children to enjoy. The restaurant will offer a seasonal, à la carte menu and a multi-course degustation menu while a deli area will offer charcuterie, gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads, and lighter meals for those wanting a casual lunch. If the weather is good then guests will also be able to order a picnic basket from the deli to enjoy at Idiom’s stunning picnic area. The deli section is expected to open this spring along with an Italian Wine Experience area that will showcase the family’s Vinotria.co.za imported Italian wine project in addition to their locally produced Idiom Collection of wines. If you’re just visiting for a spot of wine tasting then you will be ale to choose from a selection of canapé and wine-pairing options to nibble on in-between sips.
I got the chance to sample some of the fine dining fare prepared by the new chef Irwin de Vries, previously from Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, and can safely say that it is a must-try for foodies who love a little luxury in their lives. The menu celebrates the bush and South Africa’s unique game meats while offering unique flavour combinations that will surprise your taste buds. Some of my favourites from the day included the Rooibos Tea Pannacotta with peach compote set on an almond genoise sponge as well as the Panko Crusted Prawns with avocado puree and wasabi mayo.
I also loved that there is so much more to the space than just wine tasting and food – when you visit the venue you will also be able to shop a selection of luxury goods including Idiom’s rare wine-inspired perfumes, exotic leather handbags and other must-have accessories. These goodies serve as the perfect souvenir for tourists visiting the space and also make for great gifts! Of course, I don’t need to tell you that Idioms new restaurant and conference space would also make the most incredible wedding venue for a happy couple looking to tie the knot at a truly memorable venue.
The Idiom Restaurant will be open from 10:00 – 17:00 from Wednesday to Sunday while The Idiom Wine Tasting Centre will be open from 10:00 – 17:00 daily. For Idiom wine tastings and restaurant reservations contact: 021 204 1059 or visit the Idiom website.