Contemporary Dining at its Finest at Idiom Wines in Stellenbosch
Offering magnificent 180-degree panoramic vistas of the surrounding Helderberg Basin mountains, Idiom Wines is fast becoming one of the most picturesque locations from which to sample delicious wines and contemporary fare.
Offering magnificent 180-degree panoramic vistas of the surrounding Helderberg Basin mountains, verdant vineyards, the city centre and, on a clear day, the expansive Cape Peninsula beyond, Idiom Wines is fast becoming one of the most picturesque locations from which to sample delicious wines and contemporary dining in a modern, nature-centric setting.
Run by the Bottega family, the sprawling 150ha Da Capo Vineyards estate in Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West was originally bought by family patriarch Alberto, who was born in Italy and immigrated to the Cape in the ‘50s. After a career in computer programming, banking and finance, he returned to Cape Town to enjoy his retirement in the Winelands. In 1999, the very first vines were planted from scratch and the first commercial vintage under the label Idiom was produced in 2004.
Fast-forward to June 2016 – when Idiom officially opened its doors – and the brand has since cemented itself as all-encompassing estate, expanding its offering to include a restaurant, Vinotria Italian wine library, varietal and fynbos sensory gardens, and a function venue. Thomas Leach Architects – the driving force behind the latest Harbour House restaurant – created an interior that embraces Scandinavian simplicity, with wooden beams and chairs adding warmth, stone bringing an artisanal feel and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the area’s breathtaking views.
Idiom has just launched its new seasonal menu, under the leadership of chef Calum Anderson, who aims to perfectly match the unique character flavour profiles of the estate’s wines to his culinary offering. A fusion of Italian and South African cuisine, you can choose from a two or three-course menu: take your pick of gastronomic delights including cured trout tartare, dolce verde, crème fraiche – perfectly paired with the Idiom 2015 Viognier, which has subsequently garnered its own fan base – and dried olives and pork belly with broccoli puree, sunflower-seed crumble and kale gnudi. For those with an even more adventurous palate, a five-course degustation menu is on offer, as are a selection of Italian regional pizzas and antipasto platters (think a smorgasbord of Italian cold meats, cheeses, artichokes, grilled peppers, pickled onions, olives, basil pesto and fresh breads complemented by crisp white wine).
‘Our focus is on contemporary cuisine, bringing to life a fusion of our family’s Italian heritage as well as modern flavours and textures of the¬ Cape. We have 17 different grape varieties from around the world planted at Idiom, giving us plenty of scope for inspiration’, says Roberto Bottega, son of Alberto, who has headed up the development of the tasting centre at Idiom.
The summer season presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely family lunch on the wraparound deck or formal soiree inside.