Tucked away in the mountains off of Annandale Road, Hidden Valley Wine Farm offers a wonderful escape into beauty.
At Hidden Valley, there’s something for everyone – good wine, majestic views, scrumptious food, or a refreshing hiking trail. Perhaps lesser-known, are the 3000 olive trees that deliver delicious table olives.
Owned by Riaan Stassen, alumni from Paul Roos Gymnasium and Stellenbosch University, Hidden Valley is in the hands of an impressive local.
For fans of cold white wine, the Sauvignon Blanc Viognier is a must-taste. In this cool winter, perhaps Hidden Gems – a Cabernet Sauvignon is a great choice.
With your wine, celebrate an occasion at Ouverture Restaurant. Famous chef Bertus Basson runs the show, creating masterpieces from (amongst other culinary delights) Sirloin, Ox Tongue or a vanilla soufflé. The chocolate lovers can enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing.
If you’re more on a budget, definitely try The Deck. Situated on a floating deck, this self-service eatery is a wonderful weekend spot. A small but fresh menu, with burgers always on offer, guests love the laid-back experience. And don’t worry – the Hidden ValleyWines are also sold there. Do phone ahead to check if they’re open, especially when the weather isn’t playing along.
What is a wine farm experience without art? Hidden Valley is dotted with bronzes from famous sculptor Willie Botha. Look for the life-size Ramona or the massive bronze mask – that is also the icon of the farm.
Many romantics have used the spectacular setting for unforgettable proposals, and the Bush Lodge is the answer to any getaway – an amazing Stellenbosch secret!
Visit https://www.hiddenvalleywines.co.za/ for more information, and discover this gem for yourself.
Written by Crystelle Knoesen