Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg

Grape harvest time is a joy anywhere in the world, especially, of course, where we live, in the Cape.
Here the air is full of the aroma of millions of grapes being crushed on their way to being made into some of the finest wines on the planet.

Nature’s perfection–Sauvignon Blanc at Steenberg

There is a new energy all around, and if you can get to one of the wine estates while the harvest is in progress you should do so. One of my favourite places to hang out, especially at this time of the year, is Steenberg, that haven of taste and sophisticated relaxation, on the slopes of the Constantia Valley

Hard at work

Here one can discover the joys of harvest time with taste experiences of the day’s pickings at the tasting room, restaurants and hotel this February. With the pressing of the new season’s grapes in full swing, visitors to the tasting room can sample the freshly harvested grapes and unfermented pressed juice straight from the tank from the morning’s pickings.

Harvest cocktail at Tryn

At Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg’s popular cellar door eatery, grapes take centre stage as the signature ingredient in a delicious crispy baked cheese dish, available for lunch and tapas. This harvest-inspired dish is served with a pickled grape and walnut salad, enlivened by Chef Kerry Kilpin’s hand-pressed verjuice syrup made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Steenberg’s cornerstone grape variety. Freshly picked grapes can also be tasted at lunch.

Crispy baked cheese at Bistro Sixteen82

 

Guests at their other restaurant Tryn can enjoy a harvest-inspired cocktail of freshly pressed grape juice, Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc and Bombay Sapphire Gin. Freshly picked grapes and traditional mosbolletjies can be enjoyed with lunch and dinner.

Traditional mosbolletjies and grapes at Tryn

“We are so grateful for the incredible quality fruit we are harvesting from the farm. It is early days, but the crop seems to be smaller than previous years, which means smaller, more flavour concentrated berries and better quality,” says Cellarmaster Elunda Basson who expects the 2023 vintage to yield wines of distinction she is proud to share.

 

You can be part of the harvest experience, available this February, by following @SteenbergFarm on Facebook and Instagram. For bookings at the Tasting Room, Bistro Sixteen82 or Tryn visit https://www.steenbergfarm.com/discover-steenbergs-harvest/

 

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