Tom and I popped out to Stellenbosch a little while ago for a night away in the countryside. I found a room at Remhoogte Wine Estate on Airbnb, which is about 5km outside Stellies, with a dam, mountain views, and a curious collection of animal residents – including zebra, wildebeest, springbok and a pack of energetic hounds. So it’s appropriate that the estate is home to the Wild Beast Brewery as well as verdant vineyards.
We unpacked and headed straight to the tasting room, where we shared a bottle of the estate’s acclaimed Aspect Merlot and tucked into two pizzas – one, coincidentally called Sir Thomas. The dogs lolloped lazily around us as sunbeams flickered across the lawn and various tourists drifted by to collapse on the grass whilst sampling the wines and beers on offer.
A bit later we drove to Stellenbosch for dinner and a walk around town. I had some carrot cake ice cream from a quaint patisserie and then we had burgers at the Basic Bistro, which was rather basic, but lovely all the same. Following dinner, we drove back to the estate, listened to the cacophony of frog calls and then watched Stranger Things, because our hosts had Netflix (hooray!). Speaking of our hosts – Jo and Chris were absolutely lovely and made us feel very welcome, with fresh flowers in every room and a basket of breakfast goodies including Woolworths chocolate muffins – win.
I’d love to go back to Remhoogte for more wine and delicious pizza.It’s quite a small estate, which makes it one of those prize gems hidden off the beaten track. Next time you’re in the winelands, make a point of popping in. And give Charlie the squint-eyed puppy a pat for me!