Avontuur Estate in Stellenbosch is an amazing hidden gem which I had only driven past, until very recently.
Their grounds are absolutely beautiful, and when we were there for our #ZomatoMeetup we were treated to a tour of the estate as well as a beautiful meal. I didn’t realise this, but Avontuur is as well known for their horses as they are for their wine and food – I mean clearly it is just not enough to have a stunning wine farm, one must also have upwards of 90 horses prancing around at any given time.
We were there during foaling season (yes, that is a thing, apparently) and obviously, all the girls went gaga for the little baby horses. It was honestly just the most beautiful day, and when you spend any time looking at horses as beautiful as this you can see why.
We even met Oratorio, one of Avontuur’s prized studding stallions, who is absolutely stunning. I have always been a horsey person, but when this guy arrived, he brought such a presence with him.
After a walk through their gorgeous estate, we were really ready for the lunch they had planned for us. I am indecisive at the best of times so when presented with their menu the choice-making process was deep, to put it lightly. I started off with their tomato soup – and it was yummy and delicious and all the things you would want a tomato soup to be. I then went on to their salmon, which was creamy and with an utterly more-ish citrus sauce. Dessert was a creamy bowl of deliciousness in the form of their creme brulee. The entire meal was topped off with a gorgeous wine pairing, because when at a wine farm, one must have wine – right?
All in all I really couldn’t find fault with anything at Avontuur. What really stood out for me was their attention to detail and just how involved the Taberer family is when it comes to their estate. The owners both joined us at the table, and one of them was kind enough to play tour guide for the day as well. The restaurant at Avontuur has the loveliest head chef, (Chef Zunia) who prides herself on the quality of the food they produce and the ingredients they use to make that food.
They source organic produce wherever possible, and use ethically sourced meat, SASSI approved ‘green’ fish and animal produce. This is something that matters a lot to me and something that I really don’t think enough people pay attention to (but more on that in another post).
Their portions are generous and their flavours are delicious. Before we started eating Chef Zunia said that she hoped that even though we sat down as strangers, she hoped we would leave feeling like a part of the family. One of the reasons that I love food so much is that it has the ability to bring people together, and that is exactly what her food managed to do.
I can’t wait to go back to this little slice of foodie, horsey heaven in the Winelands. It was one of those places that made me realise how lucky we are to live where we do, and reminded me how beautiful life can be.
This next photo is here to remind us all that sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself. ALOT.