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Wine tasting in the Blacksmith’s Cottage

and a meal in a forest glen

Perhaps it’s a throwback to the nursery rhymes of my childhood, but whenever I come to Chamonix I think of a woodcutter’s cottage in a forest glen. There are certainly lots of trees, a stream that becomes a river in winter, ivy covered walls and homely pine benches outside the entrance.

It’s all very charming, with the tasting room in what was originally The Blacksmith’s Cottage, a quaint space, with saddles, bellows and old farm implements on the thick white walls. In summer you can sit outside, relaxing beneath a giant moss covered oak tree. In winter it’s very cosy inside, with two fires burning. While the venue may be rustic, the wines are anything but. The Chamonix wines, especially the Reserve range, are sophisticated and elegant, regularly winning Platter five star and gold medals in competitions.

Beneath the tasting room is the restaurant, Racine, run by famous chef Reuben Riffel. Racine means roots, a reference to the fact that Reuben began his career here at Chamonix. The restaurant is a simple space with wooden floors and beams, and the windows look over the river and into the woods beyond. Curiously, an oak tree grows up the side of the restaurant and out of the window! In summertime you can eat outside on the restaurant terrace, shaded by the many trees and hear the sounds of the stream below. There is a small but varied menu with signature Reuben dishes such as Chilli Salted Squid and Miso Braised Beef Cheeks as well as daily specials. Simply delicious!

Insider tip: the second label from Chamonix- the Rouge, the unwooded Chardonnay and the Sauvignon blanc are among the best value wines you will find anywhere!


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Feldspar Pinot Noir 2015
Cabernet Franc 2015

Uitkyk Street , Franschhoek
+27 21 876 8400

Mon - Sun 9h30 - 17h00

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Chamonix Wine Farm, Uitkyk Street , Franschhoek, -33.903912, 19.118899000000056