March 2010

March 1st is officially the first day of autumn here in South Africa – but it’s somewhat difficult to imagine that when the temperature forecast for the next four days here in Cape Town is 33C, 33C, 29C and 28C respectively!

Autumn in Cape Town is a really special time of year – the crowds have all gone away, the weather is benign, the wind drops – and Beaumont House and Villa have some great “stay for 7 pay for 5” deals – see our specials on

Autumn here also signals the fact that most of the wine harvest is complete, with only the odd block of late ripening cabernet sauvignon and pinotage yet to be picked. The size of the harvest is reduced from the previous year due mainly to some very high winds early in the season which literally blew away the new fruit, but apparently quality looks good. Did you see recently that South African wines (as measured by volume) imported into the UK have overtaken France, although there is some way to go at the premium end I suspect?

I wasn’t going to mention the World Cup, mainly because you are either just not interested or it’s been overly exposed. Anyway, I just wanted to say that it is now less than 100 days until the kick off – and Cape Town is ready!!

So if you aren’t coming for the soccer, we really do look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon!


Concierge’s restaurant pick

Previously only fine dining establishments have been featured – so here is a restaurant which brings a new menu every day and has an excellent wine list with a good cross section of wines by the glass. Caveau @ the Mill is just the sort of place for really tasty food in an informal setting, five minutes from Beaumont House and three from Beaumont Villa


Forthcoming events

Cliff Richard and the Shadows
9 March

Cape Argus Cycle Tour
14 March

Elton John
28 March

11th Cape Town International Jazz festival
3-4 April

Tom Jones in concert
7 & 8 April

SA Cheese festival
24-27 April

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival
30 April- 2 May

Good Food & Wine Show
13-16 May

Beaumont House Cellar selection

Simonsig Chenin Avec Chene

Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s largest single wine variety as measured by hectares under vine. Simonsig’s Chenin avec chene is an outstanding exemplar of the cultivar. Picked from old bush vines and aged in wood for up to 11 months, it really is full and fruity, has a good length and an aftertaste of marmalade. Simonsig in Stellenbosch boasts a wide range of wines and a restaurant called Cuvee – but more about that in a future issue!

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