Wine is my thing and sleeping at a vineyard is my ultimate dream! This dream came true at Val du Charron in Wellington, South Africa. During my tour around the Western Cape where I was looking for the best wines, I came across this estate and I fell in love. I realised at that moment that I had to come back for a full experience. Fortunately they offer accommodation, so I came back to this smaller wine and olive estate and it surprised me in many ways!
Look at that view!
The five-star rooms offer views that take your breath away. As soon as I walked in I was excited about the jacuzzi in the bathroom, but when the doors opened to the terrace I found something even more exciting; a private pool with vineyards and the Groenberg Mountain as backdrops. This lady was smiling, big time! Val du Charron knows how to please its guests because in the fridge was an ice cold Val du Charron Chardonnay ready to be opened. Within no time, I was sitting in the pool with a glass of surprisingly divine Chardonnay in my hand, while taking in the breathtaking surrounds.
Steak or Pizza?
The good thing about Val du Charron is there is no need to leave! The estate offers two great restaurants. The last time I was there I tried the Pizza e Vino where I enjoyed the Melrose Arch pizza with chicken, avocado, feta, honey, cherry tomatoes and coriander. Now it was time for steak at The Local Grill.
There is a wide range of steak options. I love steak but I don’t know the different beef cuts. The Local Grill has a simple drawing of the cow, labelling the various parts. I went for the fillet rear and it was amazing! I know one would normally go for a red wine with steak but I loved the Chardonnay from the reserve collection so much I just couldn’t order anything else. This Chardonnay with underlying lemon and grapefruit flavours is crisp, full bodied and has a round aftertaste. This is one of the best Chardonnays I have ever had!
A proper wine tasting at Val du Charron
What I love about Val du Charron is that wherever you are, there is always this amazing view in front of you. After breakfast on the terrace it was time for a tour! The winemaker, Paul, showed us the wine cellars and explained the whole wine making process. He is a very passionate winemaker and after hearing his story, I was thirsty! As it is always five o’ clock somewhere in the world and I was curious to taste the other Val du Charron wines, off I went.
Luckily for me, Val du Charron’s professional actress, also known as The Black Countess, had just arrived. Her job is presenting the Theatre of Wine. The Theatre of Wine describes the history of the Estate’s three wines. The three wines, namely Four White Legs, Pieter Erasmus-den Deen and The Black Countess are the three favourite blendings of the estate. I found The Black Countess to be the outright winner for the reds. The rich but fine taste makes this wine very special.
Interested in a simple wine tasting? The small but lovely tasting room is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00, cheers!
Hotel & Spa paradise
Val du Charron offers five-star rooms, a presidential suite with an infinity pool and four-star luxury rooms. This place has romance written all over it. In between wine drinking and pool sessions you relax at the spa with a Swedish message. Val du Charron makes you feel like a king or queen. I can’t wait to go back to this hidden paradise in Wellington.