Monday, May 04, 2015

Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival. 3 Lothian

The day had started cool drizzly and misty in Cape Town on Saturday but, by lunch time in Elgin, the sun was out and we had a lovely festive day. We met some lovely people and tasted some very good wines. We began at Hannay Wines with Catherine Marshall doing a tasting of both producers' wines, followed by huge hamburgers. Then it was off down the road to see the Wallaces at Wallovale farm to taste their wines and some chocolate from Rococoa. 
Finally, we finished the day at Lothian in the most amazing house we have seen for some time, tasting their wines and watching the sun disappear over the mountains. It was a fine day
The house sits between a lake and a dam and, on the approach to the house, there is a lotus pond. You can hire the whole house for weddings and other large family functions
Blue waterlilies and lotus pads
Blue mountains, an orchard and Eskom’s hydro electric tower
The front deck where all the festival gatherers sat
Live music all day from the daughter of Lebanese caterer Ghenwa Steingastner and her husband, Geza
Explaining what there is to taste. We wanted to taste the Chardonnay but it had run out
The selection of wines for tasting
Sushi Box were providing the food, R150 for three rolls, but it had sold out by the time we got there
R50 a roll please
Lots of wine was being tasted
The dining room, with quirky coloured chairs, has a super view out to the deck
Relaxing by the pool with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc
Lots of places to sit
Late afternoon by the rim pool
A view of the dam from the back garden
Autumn colours over the vines early evening, time to wend our way home
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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