I am blessed to live close to one of South Africa's oldest and finest wine estates. Situated in Somerset West, Vergelegen Wine Estate is a great place to eat, go wine tasting, explore and relax. Vergelegen appropraitely means "situated far away". Everytime I go there I feel like I'm away from modern hustle and bustle, modern concerns and stepping back in time. The beautiful grounds host a number of different places all in one. There's the octagonal garden, prefectly manicured and full of trees and flowers, the magestic homestead which has been redone and made to look as it would have done in the 1700s, the bridge over the stream, picnic area with high trees, the yellow-wood walk, old mill, library and even a herb garden.
Willem Adriaan Van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, was granted the property in 1700. He was the one who planted the famous, regal Camphor Trees which frame the front of the homestead. In 1917 Sir Lionel purchased the property for his wife Florence Phillips. Charles 'Punch' Barlow and his wife Cynthia acquired the estate in June 1941. The Barlow's resumed farming operations on Vergelegen and began planting vines on a small scale. 'Punch' Barlow's son Tom took over the running of the farm in 1966 until Anglo American Farms limited purchased the property in October 1987 and started growing vines on a large scale again. There are often grand events held there from the Celine Dion concert to visits from the queen many years ago. If you want to go somewhere different, grab a book and go lie on the grass at this beautiful establishment and just enjoy the tranquility. http://www.vergelegen.co.za
My friend Lauren and I decided to go to the Rose Garden Cafe the other day to do some relaxing and frolicking. Happy days :)