Most visitors to the Western Cape will head out to the Winelands over the holiday season, in search of a quintessential, all-embracing wine farm experience: great wine, great food and a perfect day in the country, with a wide choice of fun and interesting activities. Solms-Delta wine estate in Franschhoek is that perfect place. It is a wine farm with a difference and is so much more than a wine estate. For a true Cape experience – culinary and historical, Solms-Delta has something for everyone, young and old.
Taste the award-winning wines at the new Wijn van de Caab Tasting Room – the glass floor is suspended over archeological excavations and reveals layers of history; enjoy a wine tasting and wine pairing on the lawns under the oak trees, or choose a light meal from a selection of platters. Fee for tasting is R20 for six wines; R30 for eight; fee waived if six bottles or more are purchased.
Enjoy a meal at the new Fyndraai restaurant, recently relocated to the old stables and surrounded by sprawling, shady lawns. Food of Origin fuses diverse Cape culinary traditions from Africa, Asia and Europe – boerekos with Cape Malay cuisine and veldkos – and a meal at Fyndraai is a perfect way to relax and enjoy a Winelands visit – with a local twist.
The new premises also boast a modern glass structure overlooking the picturesque vineyards, which is used for private functions, conferences and weddings.
Picnics by the river or in the forest can be pre-ordered and on weekends guests will be transported to the picnic area via a tractor ride through the vineyards. Pre-bookings are essential, as picnic sites are limited to ensure privacy. Cost: R175 p/p R290 per basket (serves two).
The Museum van de Caab adjoins the Wijn van de Caab Tasting Room and tells the story of Delta farm, a story that is typical of so many of the old farms in the Drakenstein Valley. Entry is free.
Alongside the Fyndraai restaurant is the recently opened Music van de Caab, the only museum in the world dedicated to Cape music. Exploring the musical aspect of our heritage, it also celebrates the many influences that put their own stamp on what we now call Cape music. It incorporates a dynamic and interactive touch screen exhibition of the multi-layered roots of Cape music, a fun hands-on opportunity to play indigenous instrument replicas. Entry is free.
For a more in-depth experience, guided Farm Tours can be pre-booked and offer insight into all that the farm has to offer.