We found ourselves in the winelands without a plan or destination in mind. This almost never happens- I am such a control freak that normally all our weekends are planned to the T. Instead of getting on our phones and googl’ing, making lists and getting recommendations on twitter, I left it up to chance.
And we really lucked out! I have always been a fan of the Maision Estate for their beautiful food and wonderful bubbles but had never visited for a wine tasting.
Maison Estate is beyond beautiful and I ran around taking photos of everything. It was a little embarrassing for all parties involved. Maison is owned by Weylandts which explains why they have the most gorgeous furniture and interior design. I would take everything home from their gorgeous wooden chairs to the minimalistic side plates and hanging bird nest in the garden.
They weren’t open for lunch yet so we wandered through to their beautiful restaurant. I was reminded how much I enjoyed my previous visit and have promised myself I will return again soon. The Kitchen at Maison is quite a splurge so if you would like to get a taste of what they have to offer without the steep bill it may be a good idea to try their wine and food pairing like we did.
They have a few tasting options and we decided to share their food and wine pairing. We enjoyed six of their wines paired with six little flavour bites for R120.
Three of the bites were brightly flavoured little fruit pectin jellies. The friendly tasting room staff walk you through the tasting flight and pairings with guidance and recommendations. However, we mixed and matched the pairings and had fun seeing which flavours of the wine each pairing complemented.
Favourites included the Reserve Chenin paired with the creamy rich duck rillette on a sesame cracker. I also loved the spicy Shiraz with their homemade biltong. And their straw wine was paired with a creamy blue cheese which was a surprisingly fantastic pairing. I am definitely going to recreate the blue cheese and dessert wine pairing for a dinner party in the near future.
- Location: Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek
- Opening times: Tasting room open from Wednesdays to Mondays,10am to 5pm
- Contact details: 021 876 2116