Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Faraway Place

Escaped from reality today - on a "biodiversity tour" of Vergelegen, the historic wine estate that belonged to the infamous Willem Adriaan van der Stel. After the tour and lunch, we lingered in the late afternoon sun in the Octagonal Garden that was apparently once a vege garden laid out by WA in about 1700. Years down the line, its shape inspired the new winery on the estate and landscape architect, the late Ian Ford, restored and developed the grounds around it so that lucky us, the public, can visit it for the princely sum of - wait for it - R10 per person! The art and antiques in the homestead are also amazing.


  1. I've bee to quite a few of the wine farms around the Cape, but Vergelegen isn't one of them.