September 26, 2013
#lovecapetown: A day in Darling
Natalie Roos’ body was born in Johannesburg… but her soul was always Capetonian. At the age of 14, Natalie started work in the television industry, presenting popular local kids TV show, KTV. Ten years and another TV job later (presenting celebrity gossip show JIP on Afrikaans music channel MK), Natalie made the move down to Cape Town where she started her blog, Tails of a Mermaid (www.tailsofamermaid.com). Her love for the internet and all things communication-driven became a natural progression to a career in Social Media, where she worked in an agency managing the online presence, content and reputation of various brands.
Natalie’s passions include cats, communication and Cape Town.
If incredible wine, delicious country fare and wildlife spotting are not enough, Groote Post also offers visitors the opportunity to see the colourful carpet of Darling's famous flower season... and it's all just an hour out of the city!
A trip to Cape Town for our #lovecapetown bloggers just wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the many wine farms producing world-class wine around the Western Cape. And if you're going to be in town over the flower season, a visit out to Darling to see the seemingly endless fields of wild flowers is an absolute MUST! The Darling flower district represents around 1200 species of wild flora and from September to late November, a blanket of orange, yelllow, pink, purlpe and white stretches across the fields and hills surrounding this small town, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Groote Post is famous for their warm hospitality, phenomenal wine and the delicous country-style food served at their restaurant, Hilda's Kitchen. We arrived to a big smile and warm welcome from farm owner Nick Pentz, who introduced us and our #lovecapetown visitors @insidetravellab, @follow_colours and @mzansigirl to the farm and gave a brief overview of their history. The farm is steeped in years of interesting history and the Groote Post website offers an in-depth look into the past 200 years of stories.
We sat down around a table in the old farm house, where Nick had us taste several of the farm's most spectacular wines, including the bubbly Old Man's Sparkle, the very range's flagship Sauvignon Blanc, the Reserve Chardonnay and the easy-drinking Old Man's Blend. Lunch was a selection of the very best locally sourced and fresh produce. The farm's ethos to serve the very best quality food and nothing is ever frozen. For this reason, the menu is seasonal.
We enjoyed a platter of cured meats and homemade preserve, followed by a mild mushroom tart, roast lamb with veggies and the final course, a buttermilk tart with coconut ice cream.
Tummies full, we hopped aboard a LandRover and were driven out onto the farm to spot some wildlife while enjoying the wild flower show. The farm has spent a lot of time and energy on a program to re-introduce the Kwagga/Quagga: The previously-extinct zebra-donkey hybrid, distinguishable by the iconic black and white zebra stripes which fade to brown down it's legs.
Groote Post offers wine tastings, picnics and much more. Check out their website for details.
Follow our #lovecapetown bloggers as they explore the Mother City and surrounds, sharing their stories along the way: @insidetravellab, @follow_colours and @travelblggr will all be sharing their Cape Town stories until the middle of October. You can also help to tell the Cape Town story by tagging #lovecapetown across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to feature on our Love Cape Town Wall.