20 July 2016


On Sunday we spontaneously lunched at Idiom, the Cape Winelands newest restaurant, tasting venue and a tribute to the Bottega family! It's so new that I’m confident in this case we are the grapevine you are hearing it from for the first time!

The Bottegas have taken South African wine destinations to new heights at the roots of their award­-winning vintages on the Helshoogte Mountain top. Alberto Bottega and his son Roberto have created a matchless masterpiece - floor to ceiling glass, fusing contemporary with vineyard manor style. And I love the way they’ve integrated imposing art works from some of South Africa’s best known artists - the likes of Lionel Smit and his father, Anton.

Part of the charm here is it’s off-the-beaten-track setting. Once you’ve journeyed through dirt roads (currently being rebuilt), farm gates and fulfilled your camel man fantasies, the 180 degree views of the Helderberg basin and the Cape Peninsula are unsurpassed! And we were lucky enough to experience it on a beautiful, crisp, clear winters day!

We chose their signature experience with culinary delights by chef, Irwin de Vries, and his talented team, paired with exclusive wines from the Idiom Collection. To start, we tucked into a carpaccio trio of springbok, gemsbok and kudu done three ways, followed by salmon on salad for the main course! For those who want the 'Full Monty' they also offer three or four other courses on the pairing menu.

And when the bill came, we thought they were mistaken – good value, expressive wines, good food and a venue to match. It definitely cuts the mustard!


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