Experience the charm of Oldenburg Vineyards

10 Oct 2016 Experience the charm of Oldenburg Vineyards

Sometimes I try to remember LBW. That’s Life Before Wine. Not Leg Before Wicket. I only really developed an appreciation for it when I moved to the Cape in the winter of 2006. The temperatures were the kind of freezing I hadn’t experienced living in subtropical of Durban, where I’d spent 20 years of my life – and people seemed well-focused on saving their energy for drinking red wine in front of roaring fires.

Winemaker Philip Costandius savours a glass of Grenache Noir 2014
Winemaker Philip Costandius savours a glass of Grenache Noir 2014

On an October day like today, when the onset of spring is a distant memory, and we’ve resigned ourselves to dressing for all four seasons as we wait for summer (which is really only in December, here in the Mother City), I crave a glass of Oldenburg Vineyards’ Grenache Noir 2014. It’s the ideal selection when the skies are blue, but the air is cool.

I would drive out towards Stellenbosch and collect some if I wasn’t at my desk working. Oldenburg is one of the Winelands’ best-kept secrets, a vineyard with a fascinating family heritage that produces ‘small quantities of hand-crafted red and white wines from both Bordeaux and Rhône varietals’ and offers luxurious accommodation at the Homestead, the original family home.

One of the best parts of a visit to Oldenburg Vineyards is the walk up to Rondekop
One of the best parts of a visit to Oldenburg Vineyards is the walk up to Rondekop

 

The views are spectacular, best enjoyed by walking to the top of the round hill, known as Rondekop.

*You’ll find Oldenburg Vineyards in the Banghoek Valley (pronounced ‘bun hook’ and meaning ‘scary corner’ – a name attributed to past encounters with roaming leopards in the area).
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Photography: Grant Baartzes, Debbie Hathway