Western Cape residents are really spoilt for choice when it comes to escapes form the city and the suburbs, and nowhere are the destinations quite as lovely – and bucket-list-worthy– as the winelands surrounding Stellenbosch. If you’re fond of peaceful afternoons overlooking breathtaking views, glass of wine in hand, we’ve found another magical place you can add to your adventure list the summer: Hidden Valley Wines.
Hidden valley nestled comfortably in the Stellenbosch hills, boasts not one, but two dining experiences, both of which offer up views of the surrounding mountains and rolling vineyards that will take your breath away.
In 2007, Overture restaurant opened its doors, and has since won a number of awards and accolades. It sits high above Hidden Valley farm, and from its chic interior diners have an excellent view of not only the vineyards, but the thousands of olive trees on the farm too. If this particular fine dining experience doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can take a short walk down to the pond, upon which The Deck eatery seems to float. This self-help eater offers a more casual experience, and has a small and simple menu.
While booking a Overture is recommended, The Deck does not take reservations, and it’s best to get there early if you want to grab the best table from which to admire the surroundings while you tuck in to your meal.
Even if you’re simply looking for somewhere to take a stroll, Hidden valley has something for you. There’s a nature trail from which visitors can enjoy the views and the fresh air. The gardens, too, are nothing to sneeze at – they have been carefully laid out, bursting with indigenous flora and fauna.
Of course, no matter the reason for your visit, you have to stop and try some of the Hidden Valley wines! The farm produces a range of wines, so there’s something for everyone – and it tastes that much better while you’re overlooking the surrounding landscape.
It’s a wonder that a place with so much to offer remains one of the Cape Town/Stellenbosch area’s best kept secrets. It encompasses everything you could possibly want from your wine tour, and if you haven’t visited already, add Hidden Valley to your list of places to visit next time you’re in the mood for a Sunday drive.
Whether you’re a local or just visiting, this spot is an essential one. It’s definitely a spot you’ll return to again and again, whether it’s with friends, family, or clients.