Wine tastings are not solely reserved for the summer months. There is something really comforting about sitting by a roaring fire, enjoying a hot serving of soup while also sipping at your favourite wine. We have rounded up a few wine farms in the area that now offer wine and soup tastings for the winter season.
Le Pommier meaning ‘the apple tree’ in French was once an apple orchard; it was previously a part of the 300-year-old Zorgvliet farm. You will still find a couple of these apple trees today – scattered on Le Pommier’s farm. Nestled amongst the vineyards at the foot of the Simonsberg, the setting now also offers a Banhoek country cuisine restaurant with glorious mountain views, award-winning wines, country lodging, and an ideal and cosy location for outdoor weddings or conferences.
This winter, Le Pommier treats visitors to three delicious winter pairings: a pizza and wine pairing, a South African food and wine pairing, and a wine and soup pairing. As part of the wine and soup pairing, guests are treated to three carefully selected soups, paired with three of Le Pommier’s best wines.
The Le Pommier Sauvignon Blanc pairs magnificently with roasted butternut soup as it balances out the sweetness of the butternut. With a bit of bacon and a little kick of the curry at the end, makes this your perfect winter day pairing.
The tomato and basil soup is paired with their dry Rosé. The creaminess of the tomato soup pairs great with the dryness of the Rosé. Tomatoes are naturally high in acid and Rosé tend to be quite fruity, which enhances the tomato flavour of the soup.
Lastly, MAC Cabernet Franc/Malbec makes a great pairing with lentil soup. Cabernet Franc is a tart and acidic red wine that has a distinct black pepper and earth taste that beautifully complements the savoury flavours of the lentil soup.
- Cost: R75 per person
- Location: Helshoogte Rd, Banhoek, Stellenbosch, 7609
- Website: lepommier.co.za
As one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Lourensford offers a visual feast across 4 000 hectares of forest, fynbos, fruit orchards and vineyards, which rise up the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, caressed by breezes off the Atlantic Ocean.
Theirvflagship wines will be showcased with this special soup and wine pairing to give you the best palate-pleasing, belly-warming experience:
The pairing consists of the following:
- Chrysalis White Blend with creamy chicken soup.
- Limited Release Chardonnay paired with creamy mushroom soup.
- The Dome Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and biltong soup.
- The Noble Late Harvest with an orange and butternut soup.
Bookings are essential and must be made 24 hours in advance. A minimum of two guests are necessary, so bring a friend to share in the experience.
- Cost: R150 per person
- Location: Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130
- Website: lourensford.co.za
The farm derives its charming name from the legendary colony of tortoises that was found in the vlei in the 1800s. The beautiful piece of land was dubbed Skilpadvlei and has been in the hands of the Joubert family since 1917. Today, fourth generation Willie Joubert upholds the proud family tradition of harnessing the rich potential of the land with a dedicated commitment to quality. Skilpadvlei is a fully operational 78 ha farm.
Winter is made for wine and soup, and for only R100 per person, you can join Skilpadvlei this winter for their wine and soup pairing.
In this special, which lasts until the end of August, four of their best wines will be paired with biltong, pea, butternut, and mushroom soup.
- Cost: R100 per person
- Location: Skilpadvlei Farm M12 Polkadraai Road Stellenbosch, Cape Town, 7604
- Website: skilpadvlei.co.za
Situated near Stellenbosch, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded winemaking history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, they’ve got a vibrant and conscious energy, and are home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art.
Their wines are among the most awarded in the country. When visiting them, enjoy the award-winning wines paired with wholesome, tasty food made with ingredients grown either on the farm or by trusted, nearby farmers. If you feel like lingering, their hotel offers an inspiring Winelands getaway in the tranquillity of nature.
This winter, savour four deliciously comforting soups homemade and expertly paired with their best-selling, coastal grown Seaward wines.
Look forward to a lovely Seaward Sauvignon Blanc 2021 paired with a white bean velouté topped with a dash of cream and freshly sliced parsley. Then move on to a Seaward Chardonnay 2019, with a carrot and citrus soup served with Foxenburg goats chevin, Cape gooseberries and crunchy almonds. Next is a pairing of the Seaward Shiraz 2020 and spicy lentil soup garnished with cucumber, spring onion and Jersey feta. Finally, enjoy the Seaward Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 paired with an earthy mushroom broth with sautéed exotic mushrooms, coriander and peppered cream.
- Cost: R150 per person
- Location: R310, Baden Powell Dr, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch, 7600
- Website: spier.co.za
If any of these soup and wine pairings tickle your fancy, pencil it into your calendar, gather a few soup-loving friends, and make sure to reserve a spot. Happy tasting!