With no food in the house and a few matters to discuss, we thought pizza and wine would be the perfect solution!
Under Oaks is a lovely little wine farm just outside Paarl with a Pizzeria open until about 9pm in the evenings. It is the most beautiful farm, when it is not too cold you can sit at the tables outside under the huge oak trees and enjoy the view of the dam, mountains and cows nearby.
It’s your typical homestyle / family Italian restaurant with a simple menu, red & white checked table clothes and of course their own Under Oaks wines.
The walls are lined with artwork from the well known Frans Groenewald – Love his stuff, it’s definitely going to feature on my wine cellar walls one day, when I’m big! They are such fun, quirky pieces with a play on wine & food words and characters.
Check out more of his work on his website – www.vespaghetti.co.za
The cows were right up at the entrance to greet us when we walked in. We started with a Garlic Foccacia and a bottle of the Shiraz Reserve 2010. The pizzas are always fantastic and we usually have a Sav B or Chenin, but given the chill in the winter air we opted for a red.
What a great wine, so smooth, quite dark in colour (although that could have been the lighting). Like the tasting notes say, a rich berry flavour with a long smooth finish – spot on! A great wine, even better with our pizzas.
Their other wines are also very enjoyable, reasonably priced and definitely above your average easy drinking wines.
The three leaves on the label represent the Oak trees under which the vineyards lie, the vine for the grapes and the cork which brings the hand picked, carefully crafted boutique wines altogether.
Of course you can’t go home without dessert and you have to have Italian kisses at a restaurant like this – nougat ice-cream with a chocolate shell was our choice – yum yum yum!
Through Paarl Main Road and out the other side for about 4kms, it will be on the right
S33°’ 40′ 40″ E018°’ 56′ 24″
TEL: +27 21 869 8045