If you think you indulged in too much chocolate over Easter, we have one thing to say: you can never have too much chocolate.
Add a glass of wine, and you’re doing even better. For first prize though, get to one of these estates for a chocolate and wine pairing par excellence.
The tasting room’s decor is chic and inviting, with breathtaking vineyard and ocean views. Take a seat in the lounge area with its comfy, contemporary seating or outside in the Renosterveld garden, and indulge in a selection of five wines paired with five artisan chocolates.
Where Durbanville Hills Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road
Contact +27 21 558 1300, durbanvillehills.co.za
Renowned for its hand-crafted wines from the Swartland region, with exotic names such as Chakalaka and Malabar, the Spice Route Tasting Room offers a selection of wine-tasting journeys. Choose from a standard tasting, or live the YOLO life and pair DV Chocolate and Spice Route wine.
Where Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider, Paarl
Contact +27 21 863 5200, www.spiceroutewines.co.za
A little piece of paradise in the Walker Bay Wine Region, Creation is a go-to Overberg destination for lovers of fine wines. Fortunately for all chocoholics, they were inspired to bring you a Paradoxical Wine and Chocolate Pairing. Velvety smooth chocolates pair with the wines’ sensuous flavours for an unforgettable Hemel-en-Aarde experience.
Where Creation Wines, Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus
Contact +27 28 212 1107, www.creationwines.com
Newton Johnson Vineyards, based in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, is owned and managed by the Newton Johnson family. Taste five different DV Chocolates, perfectly paired with Newton Johnson wines. A unique experience, for sure.
Where R320, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus
Contact +27 28 312 3862, www.newtonjohnson.com
JC le Roux
The House of JC Le Roux, located in the picturesque Devon Valley near Stellenbosch, is famous for making fine Méthode Cap Classique and affordable sparkling wines. For something a little different (and equally indulgent), it offers a selection of nougat tastings to pair with five bubblies. If you’re not a nougat fan, try the tempting meringues and marshmallows pairings instead.
Where JC Le Roux, Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch
Contact +27 21 865 8200, www.jcleroux.co.za