The wine farm where you can sip Chardonnay-all-day sitting in a 'Perlemoen shell'

2019-12-31 11:45 - Marisa Crous
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Go to Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley to experience a new kind of wine farm, with an old soul.

Whether you choose to sit inside the contemporary cool Rheinzink dome or outside where the 280-degree view of Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley and mountains surround you, in what feels like a giant hug, Louisvale is the perfect place to spend any day.

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An exquisite wedding and events venue, it also makes for the ideal date spot. Go taste their two ranges: the more upmarket Louisvale, or everyday Stone Road range. Nothing better than sipping their signature Chardonnays and MCC’s on a hot summer day, as the floors beneath your feet sparkle from the ethically sourced abalone shell pieces embedded in them. 

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“The first man-made structures in the area were created by the Nomadic Khoekhoen. Their domed structures were made from Taaibos laths, covered with woven reed mats and animal skins. During the winter months they lived inland, close to the water sources and during the summer months they moved to the coastal zone where they lived off seafood such as Perlemoen and Allekrik.

“The Rheinzink dome façade peels away in strategic places into organic curved shapes to maximize the views of the nearby Cape Folded Mountains. These glazed, cave-like openings also reflect the shapes of the openings in Perlemoen Shells. The design pays homage to our ancestors and acknowledges the role played by former owners, workers and occupants. It reflects our belief that land is lent to us for our use but belongs to mankind. It is a privilege to share our vineyard with others,” says Louisvale.  

Stellenbosch, wine

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Stellenbosch, wine

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Here, you feel the place’s history, they recognise it everywhere – it’s on the walls, defined in the manor house and evident in the land. But it’s a new kind of wine farm that dovetails the old and new to create something beautifully rare in a wine farm experience: a recognition of the old, complemented by the hyper-modern.

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Indulge all your senses here as you dine on beetroot cured trout with pickled red onion, rocked and horseradish aioli.

Explosive on the palette.

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Stellenbosch, wine

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For mains try the delicate lamb tortellini with coriander oil. Then, for your final act of gluttony, try an iced coffee or the peanut butter mousse – a play on peanut butter and jam sandwiches. 

Whatever you do here, it'll satisfy not only your mind, body and soul - a fitting homage to those who inhabited this land before, who made it what it is today. 

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