My parents and I went wine country exploring in the Western Cape and spent a very relaxing evening on the Dunstone estate in Wellington, South-Africa. We spent most of our days wine tasting and exploring the tranquil scenery. In-between we were also looking at different properties available in the wine country. Trying to get a head start for when my parents retire and move to the area in a couple of years.
We spent a bit over a week driving and tasting our way through the beautiful Western Cape and never spent more than one evening in the same place. My favourite place was the tranquil Dunstone winery, situated at the foot of the Hawequa and Limiet Mountains. Walking around this tranquil estate is such a pleasure, and they even have a couple of horses for the animal lovers. There is also an orchard and a small pond with ducks and some pigs, whom I didn’t get to see.
At this small family run vineyard the grapes are handpicked and sorted, pressed the traditional way and matured for 16 months. All the maintenance and care of the vineyard is done by hand so there was no sign of any machinery. You have to visit their restaurant, The Stone Kitchen as the cellar is situated within the Bistro!! The wine making process is on full display and all the wines can be tasted and purchased directly.
I spent my evening with a good book, some tasty wine watching the sun setting before heading to the Bistro for dinner with my parents. At the Bistro you can also enjoy both South African and British favourite classic dishes. It has quite a lot of British dishes as the owners are originally from the UK.
Whether you’re a wine enthusiasts, adventurous at heart or just seeking a quiet get away, Dunstone Country Estate truly offers something for everyone.