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If you are ever in the Breedekloof with a few hours to spare, take the Slanghoek Road through the Slanghoek Valley in the direction of Ceres. The road winds gently along, and fabulous views stretch out on either side of it. Immense granite mountains cast shadows on the valley below, vineyards stretch as far as you can see, and there is scarcely a person or a car in sight.
Lying close to the end of the valley, Bergsig has been owned and farmed by the Lategan family for 6 generations. There is an abundant and diverse bird life on the estate, with over 130 bird species identified. The Lategans have a passion for nature and conservation and have laid out a bird watching trail among the vineyards. The best sightings are early on summer mornings.
Inside the winery there is a spacious tasting room lined with bottles and stories of the nature around the farm, and of the family that have farmed it with such care for so long. The Bergsig wines represent great value, and their excellent flagship wine, Icarus, is an unusual red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga. Take home some local farm jam or pickles from the Vinoteque, or see if you can locate an old vintage for a special occasion.
Upstairs in a rather bland space is the Bergsig Bistro restaurant, with views of the vineyards and the Limiet Mountains. They are open for breakfast and lunch could be anything from a salad to a bobotie or oxtail stew.
The Lategans have set up an empowerment deal with the farm workers, the estate and Cape Nature, through which the workers own a 15% share in Bergsig Estate and a 140 hectare piece of land, which is a nature conservancy protecting the many endangered species that are found there. The striking proteas on display in the tasting room are testament to how important these conservation initiatives are.
Icarus White 2015
Mon - Fri 08h00 - 17h00
Sat 09h00 - 17h00
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Bergsig Wineries, Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa, -33.51811, 19.19398000000001