September 2010
Many of our guests coming to Cape Town for the first time have done their homework as to where they want to visit or things they want to do. Cape Town Tourism, on their web site (www.capetown.travel) lists the top attractions, which are Table Mountain, Cape Point, V&A Waterfront, Constantia vineyards, Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens and Robben Island. In order to see and experience all these places, and have some time to relax and unwind in between, guests normally allow a week. But on a return visit what might you do, in addition to perhaps revisiting Cape Point, Table Mountain and of course our excellent golf courses, beaches and restaurants? Here are three ideas which coincide with specific events over the next few months.
  • Hermanus is less than 90 minutes drive away and is world famous for its whale watching. The Southern Right whales have already arrived and will be around until the end on November. On the doorstep of Hermanus is the Hemel-en-Aarde valley which boasts some of the best chardonnay and pinot noir producers in the country (www.whalefestival.co.za)
  • Robertson is a two hour drive from Beaumont House through some rugged mountain passes and stunning landscapes. Because this is a wine region in its own right, competing with the likes of Stellenbosch, the wine farms work that much harder to provide a warm welcome (www.wineonriver.com)
  • Heldeberg is a mountain range some 40 minutes drive towards Somerset West. Walking and mountain bike riding is available for the fit, and the area boasts several top wine farms and restaurants for the rest of us. Renowned names such as Ernie Els, Ken Forrester, Morgenster, Uva Mira and Waterkloof are all within a short distance of each other (www.helderbergwinefestival.co.za)
As ever we are on hand to advise guests about some of the hidden gems Cape Town has to offer – and we have extended our stay for 7 nights pay for 5 offer until the end of November 2010. We look forward to welcoming you back at Beaumont House!





Concierge’s restaurant pick

Under the leadership of award-winning executive chef Edgar Osojnik, Buitenverwachting in Constantia has launched a sumptuous new menu which embraces what Edgar calls “cross-over food”. Located on the Buitenverwachting wine estate, the restaurant has stunning views across the vineyards towards Constantiaberg Mountain – excellent food, wines and views make for a romantic setting!

 

Forthcoming events


Hermanus Whale Festival

24-28 September

Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
2 October

Robertson River Wine Festival
15-17 October

Helderberg Wine Festival
21-24 October

FNB Whisky Live Festival
2-5 November


Beaumont House Cellar selection

Constantia Saddle 2007

Constantia Glen is a relatively new vineyard planted in 2001 following fires on Constantia Nek, just 10 minutes from Beaumont House.
The Saddle is a blend of 39 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 38 % Cabernet Franc and 23 % Merlot aged in 100 % new French Oak for 13.5 months.
The wine is approachable and affirms the inclusion of a large proportion of Cabernet (both Franc and Sauvignon). A fresh modern interpre-tation of a classic Medoc, it is a wine that impresses in its youth and offers the potential of greater  complexity as it ages over the next 5 -8 years
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