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The name Remhoogte has its origin in the days of the Dutch settlers, who had to apply the brakes on their oxwagons as they came down the mountains into Stellenbosch. It seems a very appropriate analogy for this farm, where the whole feel and experience of the tasting room is ideal for putting a brake on our hurried lifestyles.
The tasting room is housed in an old white farm building, with green shuttered windows and wooden beams. Inside the rooms are decorated in an informal Out of Africa style with an eclectic mix of furniture, family portraits and wildlife photographs. Above the bar the head of a large Wildebeest is mounted on the wall. Outside a shady stoep and a big patio look down over lawns to paddocks where we saw Springbok and Zebras ambling among some Wildebeest.(I hope the head in the tasting room was one of the herd who had died of old age.) In the background the vineyards slope up towards the Simonsberg mountain.
You can order a picnic basket for two (cheeses are from Dalewood) and enjoy this with a bottle of wine on the lawns. There are some rustic tables and chairs and the farm supplies blankets. You need to book the picnic basket the day before.
Remhoogte is a family estate, with both sons active in the business. Chris is the winemaker and also brews a very good craft beer, Wild Beast. You can taste both their wine and their beers, so there is something for everyone. On the wine side the Merlot based blend, Sir Thomas Cullinan, is a standout.
This is an estate for dog lovers. Several friendly farm dogs came to join us at various times including a Boerbul, a Staffie, a Boston Terrier, a Ridgeback and a Labrador, who happily chewed away at the edge of the bench I was sitting on. It all added to the friendly atmosphere.
Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2015
Mon – Fri 9h00 – 16h30
Sat 10h00 - 15h30
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Remhoogte Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa, -33.88453820000001, 18.851053200000024