Hidden in the Breede River Valley is a place of beauty, peace, and tantalising cuisine.
Bosjes Wine Estate is nestled in the beautiful Breede River Valley, and, with its dramatic setting between two mountain ranges, it’s a location worthy of a day trip out of town. There’s lots to do at the estate, which is a working olive, grape, peach and flower farm, and visitors can enjoy walks through the fynbos or in the beautifully landscaped gardens.
The highlight for many though is a peek at the architectural masterpiece that is the chapel, or a taste of the sumptuous flavours served up at the newly opened restaurant, Bosjes Kombuis.
One of the estate’s most striking features is its beautiful chapel. Inspired by Psalm 36:7, the unique structure, with its dramatic curved roof, was designed by Steyn Studio of London and was created to look as though it rests lightly on the ponds of water that lie in front of it. From inside, there are views of the surrounding valley and the Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountains, providing a gorgeous backdrop through the glass walls.
Outside the chapel lies the peaceful garden, with a sculptural water feature at its centre. It also includes an elevated labyrinth, with a gorgeous view from the top, and an ideal spot to pause and take a moment to reflect and soak up the scenery.
If you’re feeling energetic, there are two gentle hiking trails on the estate. One is five kilometres, while the other is 12 kilometres long, and birdwatchers will enjoy the opportunity to see the farm’s population of guinea fowls or the occasional sunbird. It’s also possible to spot ostrich, zebra and bontebok on the trails.
Overnight guests are welcomed to the guesthouse, which is an old barn that has been converted into five luxury suites. The interiors are clean and contemporary, with wooden furniture and earthy, neutral shades. There’s a gorgeous pool to lounge around, and breakfast is served in a cosy communal space.
The highlight of a trip out to Bosjes, is a visit to Bosjes Kombuis, the restaurant on the estate. It’s an elegant space with high ceilings, glass walls and a spacious wooden terrace suitable for outdoor dining.
Designed by Coetzee Steyn, and styled by interior designer Liam Mooney, the restaurant is modern and comfortable – think custom-made wooden furniture, tasteful lighting and indoor plants.
On the terrace is a mural created by artists Michael Chandler and Lucie de Moyencourt, which is made from hundreds of blue and white tiles painted with different species of flora and fauna and inspired by actual pieces of porcelain that were dug up on the estate.
The menu was designed to feel rustic and home-cooked, but the dishes have a sophisticated touch without feeling fussy. Chef Kim Cox has worked on wine farms before and understands the importance of sourcing local ingredients.
Although the menu changes often, expect fresh, tantalising starters like rustic tomatoes, pickled cucumber, feta, and halloumi salad, or trout fish cakes with avocado salad and lemon mayo. Or, opt for a charcuterie board packed with a selection of cured meats, pâté’s, farm-baked breads and pickles.
The mains are wholesome and flavourful with options like a deep-dish mushroom quiche served with a soft poached egg and gruyere shavings, or a chorizo, squid and chicken pasta with coriander and chilli butter.
For something meaty, choose between dishes like a beef burger with an indulgent twist, served with camembert, caramelised onions, crispy bacon and hand cut fries, or the lamb cutlets with tabbouleh salad and cucumber raita.
Finish off with local cheeses and farm pickles, or, if you prefer something sweet, try a homemade ice cream, a comforting, classic malva pudding or a decadent almond panna cotta with poached pears and homemade shortbread.
If you don’t have time for a full-on lunch or dinner, there’s also an open-air tea garden near the chapel, which serves a selection of cakes and sandwiches and is the perfect spot for a post-stroll through the grounds.
Pay a visit
R43, close to Ceres
Lunch only, Wednesdays – Sundays
To make a reservation call 023 004 0496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org