Let love bloom at Nederburg on Valentines Day (Thursday, 14 February), with a fabulously sassy dinner feast at The Red Table restaurant, located in the romantic manor house - an elegant, H-shaped gabled country gentlemans home in the vernacular Cape Dutch style - with musical entertainment provided by the Bokamosho String Quartet, formed in 2017 by students of the South African College of Music at UCT.
Or spend a relaxing afternoon in the winerys beautiful gardens, under the old shady trees, indulging in a scrumptious basket brimming with delicious picnic fare.
Chef Lisa Cilliers sensuous dinner spread on the evening of Valentines Day, offered at R595 per person (excluding service charge), starts with a glass of Nederburgs refreshingly crisp bubbly, Première Cuvée Brut, and confit duck in phyllo parcel with apricot jus (amuse-bouche), to whet your appetite.
The next course is a choice of calamari and chorizo salad, chick peas, pickled fennel bulb, cucumber ribbons and heirloom tomato salsa; or spiced cauliflower panna cotta with green chutney. This is followed by red wine and raspberry sorbet to cleanse your palate.
For the main course, select between AAA-grade rib eye steak served with chateau potatoes roasted in duck fat, long-stem broccoli, tomato-on-the-vine and brandy mushroom sauce; or sesame-crusted salmon fillet with beetroot carpaccio, asparagus, crushed edamame beans and a teriyaki dressing.
Dessert comes in the seductive form of chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream, or hazelnut shortbread hearts with grilled nectarines and honey mascarpone.
Valentines Day dinner at The Red Table will be served from 18:00 until late. Seating is limited. The restaurant will offer its a la carte menu, as well as gourmet picnics, for lunch from 12:00 to 16:00 on 14 February and all other days of Valentines Week with the exception of Monday, 11 February and Saturday, 16 February.
Picnic baskets, offered at R550 per couple, include a freshly prepared selection of artisanal bread and hummus, delicious cheeses, fig preserve, thyme & lemon chicken kebabs, Springbok samoosas, roasted Cajun spiced nuts, brie and mushroom tartlet with caramelised onions, fresh seasonal salad, and a sweet treat. It comes complete with cutlery, crockery, glassware, wooden platter, blanket and ice bucket.
Nederburgs award-winning range of wines, as well as mineral water and soft drinks, are available to purchase to complement your meal or picnic. Please enquire with The Red Table or Nederburgs Visitors Centre, a short walk from the manor house, regarding pricing of individual items.
Whilst at Nederburg (during the afternoon), visit the Visitors Centre to experience a wine tasting or its popular wine and cheese, or dessert wine pairing with sweet delights. Or try the ice cream pairing introduced exclusively for summer.
Also on offer are guided tours of Nederburgs state-of-the art cellar and other points of interest, such as the manor house, a national monument, and Old Cellar Museum that tells the Nederburg story in wonderful artefacts and pictures. Tours cost R65 a head. Foreign language guides could be arranged by prior appointment.
All restaurant, Visitors Centre and tour bookings need to be confirmed and paid-for 24 hours in advance. To book for the Valentines Day dinner at The Red Table, visit www.webtickets.co.za. All other reservations could be made by contacting Nederburg or the restaurant directly.
Nederburg contact details:
Sonstraal Road, Dal Josafat, Paarl
Tel: +27 21 862 3104
The Red Table restaurant contact details:
Tel: +27 21 877 5155
Nederburg Visitors Centre and Old Cellar Museum trading hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 to 17:00 (May to September) (tastings until 16:30)
Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 to 18:00 (October to April) (tastings until 17:30)
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 to 16:00 (tastings until 15:30)
Public holidays: 09:00 to 17:00 (if over a weekend, weekend hours apply)
Scheduled cellar tour times:
Mondays to Fridays: 10:30 and 15:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 11:00
The Red Table restaurant trading hours:
Tuesdays to Saturdays: Lunch served from 11:00 to 16:00
Sundays: Lunch served from 12:00 to 16:00
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