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The fascination of wining & dining: The Wine Shed at Babylonstoren seduces wine connoisseurs from around the world

The fascination of wining & dining: The Wine Shed at Babylonstoren seduces wine connoisseurs from around the world ( Babylonstoren, located just 60 kilometres from Cape Town in the Groot Drakenstein Valley in South Africa is proud to announce the opening of The Wine Shed. It is the new wine tasting area of this wonderful working farm that incorporates twelve country guest suites, echoing Cape Dutch farm buildings. The Wine Shed is situated in one of the oldest buildings on the “werf”. Throughout history this area was used for many farm activities, including an animal stable. Although it’s now converted into a modern space with glass panels, the original thick stonewalls and animal feeding cribs were retained. Like the rest of Babylonstoren it’s a marriage of old and new, traditional wooden tops combined with contemporary stainless steel stools. Become a wine connoisseur and go on a guided cellar tour at Babylonstoren. Take a look at the entire winemaking process before ending at The Wine Shed for a wine tasting. The rates start at R 4.900 (approx. 360 Euros) for two persons sharing a one bedroom suite and include a Babylonstoren breakfast, full access to the garden at all times, a private garden guided visit and walks around the farm through the vineyards and orchards and up the Babylonstoren Koppie.

Babylonstoren offers six wines that bear the distinctive pipe, flower and bird logo that designate the trilogy of farm, garden and nature. Five of these are in clear glass bottles that reference the cellar architecture. They are a Chenin blanc, Viognier, Mourvédre Rosé and Babel, a fusion of black currant, rose petals, chocolate and liquorice. The sixth wine is the Babylonstoren Chardonnay, singled out as a flagship wine by its classic presentation, wide girth and big flavours – the result of a marriage of wood with fruit. While all the other wines are resolutely New World in style, this flagship wine represents an encounter with the Old World as well as French sensibilities of the region’s capital town of Franschhoek.

Babylonstoren dates back to 1692 and was named after the hill on the farm, which was named by the early Dutch settlers in honor of the Bible’s Hanging Gardens of Babylon – which truly describes today’s gardens. The 8-acre formal French kitchen garden at Babylonstoren is the central focus of this beautiful property. The cultivation of the freshest fruits, herbs and vegetables is paramount and the menu at the farm’s restaurant, Babel, is driven by the seasons and what nature dictates. Overlooking the vineyards and garden with the historic farm buildings forming a backdrop, Babylonstoren offers twelve wonderful country guest suites. Guests at Babylonstoren are encouraged to pick their own produce to be prepared for delicious meals. Babylonstoren truly offers an authentic farm experience where guests experience a way of life that has largely been forgotten. It is a lifestyle in tune with nature, a more natural way of living where the focus is on simple pleasures – an exceptional way to enjoy the art of wining and dining.


Babylonstoren | Franschhoek | South Africa | Tel:+ 27 (0) 21 863 3852 | Fax:+ 27 (0) 21 863 1727 | |

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