We had a quick little drive up to Plett over the weekend (about 6 hours long, not ideal) for a wedding. It was well worth it though, awesome to see so many old university friends and what a beautiful wedding at Emily Moon overlooking the Bitou River.
We stayed the night in Stilbaai on the Friday and therefore arrived with enough time to meander a little before the wedding. Being May and not exactly peak beach weather, we thought we would try something different. A few people had told me about Bramon Wine Estate and said, “You have to stop there next time you are near Plett”, and so we headed in that direction. Although, don’t be fooled by Google maps because they have the completely wrong address and the farm is infact another +/-15km outside Plett towards the Eastern Cape (not off Piesang Valley Road as Google suggests).
Once you are there though, it really is beautiful. The tasting room is situated at the entrance, but a little meander down the dirt road and through the vineyards and you will find the restaurant. Just as the reviews suggest there are literally tables in between the vineyards, in fact each table becomes quite private, separated by the rows of vineyards. A perfect setting for a leisurely lunch or even a loaf of fresh bread with a cheese platter to compliment theBramon wines. While there is a full restaurant inside and outside, I would opt for a vineyard table or even the picnics on the grass.
Because we had the wedding this time, we couldn’t stay too long, but tasted their delicious The Crags Sauvignon Blanc, with it’s crisp and tropical flavours of granadilla. The farm actually began with MCCs, given their terrior, ocean proximity and love of bubbles. Having a few extra grapes they have since made a few vintages of Sauvignon Blanc too. Unfortunately the MCC was sold out when we visited, much to our disappointment, so we will have to taste it another time. The red wines at the farm are actually grown, produced and bottled in the Boland and then trasported up to Bramon, to increase their wine selection on the restaurant menu. However, still the same winemaker and quality, but obviously reflecting more of the Boland characteristics.
Definitely booking a table for lunch, next time we are up in the Garden Route and going to keep my eye out for some of that award winning MCC!
BRAMON WINE ESTATE
N2 The Crags Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay – stay on the N2, out of Plett towards PE and you won’t miss it
Tel: 073 833 8183
Open 11am-5pm Daily