The magnificent Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, nestled below the beautiful Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains, is an outstanding wine estate to visit with the family with plenty of entertainment on offer. The Estate is welcoming to families ensuring our little ones are cared for by including them in all entertainment.
My family and I had a fun-filled day at the Estate starting at the lively Sunday Lourensford Harvest Market followed by a wine tasting for mom and dad and grape juice tasting for kids, and ending our day with a delicious lunch at the charming, child-friendly Millhouse Kitchen.
The market is a family friendly affair and a great place to hang out and soak up the scenic surrounds of the estate and relax and enjoy some downtime with family and friends. It is housed in a beautifully custom-built space with a trendy vibe, well-designed layout and plenty of seating for relaxing. There are over 70 stalls and the market prides itself in offering a vast selection of quality handmade crafts, art and plenty of scrumptious food from savoury to sweet and foods from around the world. Estate wines are available to order by the glass and craft beer brewed by their very own micro-brewery ABRU. Children are catered for with plenty of yummy treats and fun fair rides for them to enjoy, and a train ride through the estate. Furry friends are welcome too 🙂 Please note the market closes for winter and re-opens in Spring. Last market date is 5 June, re-opens 4 September 2016.
Next we stopped by the Tasting Room for a grape juice tasting for the kids while mom tasted the chocolate and wine pairing and dad the Turkish delight and wine pairing. This was quite an extravaganza. The kids tasting is done extremely well and its super cute with special thought put in for our little people. They have two savoury snacks to taste with their white ‘wine’ (grape juice) and two sweet snacks for the red ‘wine’. My kids absolutely loved this and being included in mom and dad’s fun making them feel ever so important, plus it buys that time you need to be able to enjoy your own tasting or pairing.
The Chocolate and Wine pairing consists of four wines. Viognier paired with White Stone Fruit and Jasmine Chocolate, Merlot paired with Dark Kirsch Cherry, Limited Release SMV paired with Dark Cape Malay Spice and the famous Lourensford Estate Honey Liqueur paired with Dark Mint Chocolate. The two red wines were exceptional and the chocolates selected for the pairing enhanced the wine, delicious!
The Turkish Delight and Wine pairing consists of MCC Brut paired with Almond Turkish Delight, MCC Rose paired with Rose Turkish Delight, Chardonnay paired with Orange Turkish Delight and Lourensford Estate Honey Liqueur paired with Ginger Turkish Delight. My husband and I shared the pairings to experience both. I loved the bubbly (but not the Turkish Delight as I am not a fan) but my favourite was definitely the chocolate pairing, naturally being a chocolate lover. A standard tasting is available if you prefer not to do a wine pairing.
Ending our day at this superb estate was a delicious lunch at the Millhouse Kitchen. This charming, child-friendly restaurant is very welcoming and accommodating to families, and is ideal for small children with plenty of space to roam and play. It has a large, secure garden for the kids to run wild and three natural wood jungle gyms for them to play on and burn off any energy they might have left. There are high chairs if required and they provide colouring in pages and crayons if you little ones prefers to sit with you.
The menu is inspired by French and Italian rustic dishes and there is an extensive selection of pastas, risotto, meat, veal, fish dishes and delicious, creative gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Kids can choose from toasties, pizza, pasta, lamb burger, pork bangers and crumbed chicken. My kids love pizza so that was an easy choice for them. For starters we shared the spiced grilled squid which was tender and delicious. My husband ate the lamb chops for main, and I had the sole and prawns. The food was exceptional and excellent quality.
We even squeezed in some dessert, delicious chocolate brownie and frozen berries with hot white chocolate sauce yum!
It is great to find a restaurant where you can relax with kids while having a meal and mom and dad can enjoy themselves while the kids are having fun.
Lourensford was established in 1700 and was once part of Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s Vergelegen. Rich in history and heritage, this premier estate boasts an ultra-modern winery utilising technology unique in the Southern Hemisphere. The magnificent soils and diverse micro-climates create the ideal terroir for world-class wines.
Lourensford is an Estate of sophistication and quality, rich in heritage and a remarkable estate to visit with the family, you can certainly linger her all day.
Millhouse Kitchen Hours:
Breakfast: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30am – 10:30am
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6:30pm – 10pm
Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)