Wine farm restaurants, Morgenster olive oil

Photo courtesy Brian Eeles

The words tasting, Cape and Town immediately bring to mind lazy afternoons driving through the scenic landscape and quietly getting tiddled on the delicious tipple the region has to offer (not the driver, of course!).

At the Morgenster olive farm (+27 21 852 1738; www.morgenster.co.za), the concept is the same, but with a slight difference. Olive oil is the liquid of choice. According to the olive oil industry in Italy, Morgenster produces the world’s best olive oil. The Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first South African olive oil to win the Orciolo d’Oro award and a visit to the farm allows you to have a taste of this top-class product.

Complement the taste of the olive oil with a taste of the wines the farm has to offer.

Once your taste buds have been coaxed into life, enjoy lunch or dinner (two nights a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 18h00 to 22h30) at the estate’s restaurant, Sofia’s at Morgenster. The 40-seater restaurant is situated on the edge of a meadow, with a vine-covered stoep and views of Morgenster’s vineyards, olive groves and cellar.

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Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.

Wine farm restaurants, Morgenster olive oil

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Helderberg Wine Route

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