Babylonstoren South Africa
The beauty of red gravel soils, the outdoor lifestyle, the smell in the air of a smoking “braai” and the presence of endless vineyards makes The Western Cape to me a place where I could easily live. I have been there a couple of times already, but -since the last time was 11 years ago- some memories got lost along the way to age… However, straight after my feet were connected to the African ground in the beginning of April for a two-week holiday, I got touched again by that magical vibe that circulates here. Something you’ll probably recognise if you have been there too.
The Wine Tourist in me got extremely spoiled during our stay. With a childlike happiness I spent a lot of time circling between the vineyard capitals Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch; hunting for wine treasures. Which I’ve certainly found. One of those was Babylonstoren. Much has been written about this place yet. And rightly so, because dating back to 1692 Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved farm yards in the Cape. Completely renovated, it was opened to the public in 2010.
Nevertheless, it is not easy to capture this place into words. Walking through the luscious garden is a sensory experience; fruits, vegetables and herbs (used for the on-site restaurant Babel) grow abundantly; oh-so very pleasing to the eye and to the nose. The creative mind behind this natural perfection is Karen Roos, the former editor of Elle Decoration South Africa. Clearly Karen has a unique sense of style. Every single corner of the site is just as photogenic. It’s a place where you want to sit back, fall in love and take it all in over a glass of wine.
Speaking of that. Babel was fully booked that day (booking ahead is recommendable), but obviously my path rather lead into the wine tasting room anyway. And the fairy tale continues here. For (just!) 25 rand you’ll get to taste five wines of the Babylonstoren range. Not the finest-of-the-finest selection I personally think, but hey, does that even matter when both the food, the setting and the company were just perfect?! For a little extra the Flagship wines will make their appearance. (Try at least the sparkling!) Also, pamper yourself with the locally grown and produced nibbles platter, it’s divine…
Babylonstoren is definitely a treasure. A place that makes you want to wrap up your city life and move to a pieceful farm immediately. Highly recommended visit. Expect a spectacular treat for senses and soul. And that’s something we all need from time to time, don’t we?