Many people believe that for a truly old-world experience you have to head to Europe, or go to a Medieval carnival and re-enact the Knight’s crusades with foam swords and cardboard shields. But, there’s a third option that’s considerably more affordable and dignifying, Bilton Wine Farm. Head to the beautiful old-world setting and save 51% when you pay R69 for a cheese and cold meat platter, including a free wine tasting.
Wine has been enjoyed by people the world round since before William Wallace united the Scots. Unlike weaponry though, wine has not changed much since its inception and neither has Bilton Wine Farm. Much care and consideration has been put into the preservation of the original structures and were it not for the improvements in infrastructure and sanitation you’d think you had travelled back in time. The Farm is much more than just a pretty setting and produces award-winning fine boutique wines that will tantalise the taste buds of even the most discerning connoisseur. With a wide selection spanning from Chenin Blanc down to Pinot Noir, every part of your palate will be challenged and delighted by the abundance of flavour.
Wine without a food-pairing is like the beach without sunshine, it can be done but with only a fraction of the joy. That’s exactly why today’s Groupon gets you a delicious platter of assorted cheeses and cold meats along with a wine-tasting. Carefully chosen cheeses and meats are paired perfectly with a selection of wines to give you the ultimate wine-tasting experience, much like King Arthur was paired with his knights of the round table for the ultimate crusading experience.
Despite the age and heritage of the farm, their wine-making process is everything but out-dated and, like a sword that folds away to reveal a lightsaber, behind its old-world charm Bilton employs state-of-the-art technology to ensure only the finest produce. Satellite surveys allow them to carefully study the lay of the land and soil analysis provide intricate insights allowing them to match only the most suited grape varietals to the terroir. It’s little developments like these that give the team at Bilton the edge they need to reap in the rewards.
Even Caesar had to lay down his arms at times and take in his beautiful, conquered surroundings. After you’ve wrapped things up at the restaurant, take some time to stroll through the vineyards on a guided tour. Stretching up the majestic Helderberg mountains, take in beautiful landscape and its countless breath-taking views as you soak up the South African sun on the predominantly north-facing slopes.
Viti Fact: Although it is most common to use grapes in the production of wine, a few interesting alternatives have emerged through the years. None more so than the tree sap used in the production of Amber Gold Wines. Native to Equatorial Guinea, the wine takes years to distil and has a deep, woody flavour.