Friday, December 21, 2012

VERGELEGEN - a world class Wine Estate, the name means "situated far away".

Since 1700, the world class wine estate Vergelegen, nestled in the valley of Somerset West outside of Cape Town, South Africa, has been producing hand crafted wines to rival the best.   On my trip back home to South Africa a short while ago, I visited the recently renovated, and with some parts still being reconstructed and spectacularly upgraded Vergelegen, which offers walks amongst amazing perennial borders and herb gardens to explore, monster size camphor trees, exquisite cuisine in restaurants nestled amongst these spectacular grounds, a picnic area, wine tasting area and an amazing experience.  

Exquisite lavender, salvia and herbs planted with box borders in the potager garden

Salvia leucantha - Mexican bush sage

Herb gardens


Entrance to the original homestead and perennial pathway

Gorgeous perennial borders

Aesculus carnea - Red Horse Chestnut - a gorgeous little flowering tree

Another Red Horse Chestnut tree - peacocks stoll the lawns

Bougainvillea "Natalia", a dusty pink seen growing prolifically all over South Africa.

Typical Cape Dutch thatch roofed architecture, very typical of the Cape winelands.

Stunning pottager garden leading up to the Stables restaurant

Yours truly at the base of monstrous camphor trees - almost look like the feet of some extinct prehistoric creature. 

The chef pics a basket of fresh herbs to take back to the restaurant to add to the delectable cuisine.  

Salad and open face chicken sandwich with pesto - oh yum!

Gorgeous pea-hen

Foxgloves stand proud above all other perennials and herbs in the pottage garden

The wine tasting room with double doors opening out onto a wide veranda with more tables and chairs

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