21 June 2012

Kleine Zalze Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is well known as a student town (Stellenbosch University) and this is very evident during the varsity semesters. It makes for a lively atmosphere throughout town for most of the year The students are all around, seem so very mature and make us feel much older than we are with their youthful looks, slender bodies and confident ways. The town can become rather dreary and quiet during the varsity recess!!!

 However, Stellenbosch has much to recommend it and we recently visited the Kleine Zalze Estate (above), a short 3 km outside of Stellenbosch. Kleine Zalze is a family owned wine farm and set in truly beautiful surrounds with the mountains as a glorious back-drop. Apparently, the family are still very much hands-on with awards being won for their Chenin Blanc and Shiraz wines. Do visit the wine tasting and indulge in a bottle or two to take home.

The very up-market Housing Estate surrounds the Kleine Zalze Golf Course. We did a short walk around part of the Golf Course and the views are truly magnificent. Luxury living at it's best! It certainly is a great Golf Estate to reside in even if you are not a golfer.

After our stroll, it was time for lunch at Terroir, an award winning restaurant which opened in 2004. The outside dining area, perfect in summer, is set under old oak trees and overlooking the Kleine Zalze Estate. Chef Michael Broughton has achieved many awards over the years. The menu is on a Chalk Board and flavours are delicate and unusual. Portions are small so 3 courses would be better than 2 if you don't want to leave still feeling hungry! Prices a high so take a full wallet or credit card! Wine prices in the restaurant are very high. We enjoyed our meal - somewhat different from the standard fare and very tasty. Although the restaurant does advertise a fire in winter, this was not lit while we were there for lunch and the inside was pretty chilly although it was a sunny day.

We decided that we should carry on in the "idle rich" (we wish!!) day so headed off towards the Stellenbosch Flying Club to see the private planes taking off and landing. This airfield has the most stunning setting and faces the beautiful mountains so much part of the natural Stellenbosch beauty. There are benches on the grass next to the runway, a pub open in the clubhouse for drinks or light snacks and no pressure to leave.

 It was great fun watching these lovely little aircraft taking off to the skies and their pilots having  a ride in the skies..

All in all, a great day Sunday out, just visiting a tiny part of what Stellenbosch has to offer,

© Judelle Drake

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