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Top spots in Helderberg to beat the winter chill

Morgenster channels the Italian sunshine.

Morgenster channels the Italian sunshine.

Published Jun 29, 2022


The Western Cape is a beautiful province, filled with places to explore and admire. The Helderberg is one of those places, with beautiful scenery and spots to enjoy during any season.

The cooler season specials are the latest initiative by the Heart of the Helderberg collective. Leading Somerset West hospitality establishments are working together to support local enterprises and make more people aware of the quality and variety of offerings available in this beautiful area, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

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The delicious, value-for-money pairings are ideal for a relaxed date or for gathering friends and family together in convivial surroundings. The pairings will be available from July 1 to August 31.

Erinvale Hotel and Spa

Three classic soups, each served with a glass of Lourensford Classique Merlot, are on offer at the Oak Terrace bistro and the Magnolia social dining lounge. Choose from creamy tomato soup with whipped feta and herbs, served with toasted cheese rolls, for R95; butternut and celeriac soup with freshly baked bread, R85; and coconut chicken broth with shiitake mushrooms, noodles, lemon grass and tofu for R105. No reservations are required.

Erinvale classic soups in elegant surroundings.

Contact: Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa | Tel 021 8471160 | [email protected] |

Erinvale Golf Clubhouse

Choose from three tasty soups, inspired by Indian, Portuguese and British cuisine.

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1. Mulligatawny curry soup with lentils, sweet potato, chickpeas and naan bread paired with a glass of Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc, R110.

2) Caldo verde, a traditional Portuguese green soup with chorizo, potato and kale, topped with a cheese croûte, served with a glass of Morgenster Cabernet Franc, R110.

3) Hearty beef soup with cannellini beans, served with sourdough bread and accompanied by Lourensford The Dome Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, at R125.

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Booking is essential to allow access into the golf estate.

Contact: [email protected] | Tel 021 847 1144 |

Lourensford Wine Estate

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The Tasting Room pairs the estate’s flagship wines with palate-pleasing, belly-warming soups. Chrysalis white blend accompanies creamy chicken soup; Limited Release Chardonnay is perfect with creamy mushroom soup; The Limited Release SMV matches biltong soup; and Noble Late Harvest is a fine choice with orange and butternut soup. The cost is R150 per soup and wine.

Flagship wines paired with delicious soups at Lourensford.

This offer is for a minimum of two guests, with 24 hour advance booking essential.

Contact: [email protected] | Tel 021 847 2300 |

The Coffee Roasting Company coffee shop at Lourensford is offering a soup of the day, with a pretzel stick, for R55. Millhouse Kitchen is also offering a soup of the day with a glass of Lourensford Flower Collection white or red wine, R65.

Morgenster Estate

Channel the Italian sunshine this winter with a delectable Italian platter for two. This features a seasonal soup, a selection of Italian cheese and charcuterie, pomodoro and mozzarella, olives, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and baguette.

The price for two, including two glasses of Tosca, the estate’s Super-Tuscan style blend, is R325. Available at the tasting room from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm.

Morgenster channels the Italian sunshine.

Contact: | Tel 021 852 1738 | [email protected]

Vergelegen Wine Estate

The relaxed ambience of the tasting room at Vergelegen is the perfect location to enjoy a whole baked creamy Camembert cheese with honey and nuts, served with delicious home-baked bread and two glasses of Vergelegen Premium Shiraz or Chardonnay. The cost for two people is R170. The tasting room was recently upgraded with working log fireplaces, ensuring a cosy atmosphere.

Vergelegen cheese, bread and wine, enjoyed in a cosy atmosphere.

Contact: | Tel 021 847 2111 | [email protected]

Whether you’re in or around the Helderberg area, make sure to visit at least one of these spots to enjoy the heart-warming specials they have to offer.