Equestrian and Wine Estate

The hundred hectare wine and equestrian estate.

Cavalli is the Italian word for horses, a theme that is carried through the estate from their reputation as a world class equestrian estate, to the sophisticated branding of the estate wines, and even some of the pieces found in the enthralling gallery.

Situated almost equidistant from Stellenbosch and Somerset West, their magnificent views and chic décor create the perfect setting for a dazzling culinary experience.

As we made our way along the drive, passing the magazine-cover-worthy equestrian facilities against the backdrop of the Helderberg Mountains, our anticipation grew. We had come to experience the new Winter Menu by highly acclaimed chef, Michael Deg.

New Winter Menu

It is rare to find a full Winter vegetarian menu that really grabs your attention, but Head Chef Michael Deg has created just such a work of art. Despite this, we still chose the standard Winter Set Menu for 2019 (which is priced at R350 per person, or R425 if you chose to pair the courses with Cavalli wines. We highly recommend the latter.)

The four courses, framed by the delicate trout amuse bouche and cheeky petit fours, were each immaculately designed, balanced and created. Individual masterpieces, with intricate and thoughtfully chosen flavours that counterpoised one another, were cleverly paired with charming wines. Perhaps my favourites were the slow-cooked local octopus with fynbos dressing, and the confit duck with mustard pommes mousseline. In terms of the wines, I simply loved the ‘Vendetta 2016’ (a Viognier and Verdelho blend).

Unforgettable Experience

Our escape to the estate lasted over four hours, but we left in a daze feeling as though the whole experience had only been one glorious moment. The setting is idyllic and the fare superlative. We can’t stop recommending Cavalli’s perfect Winter Menu experience to all our friends and family!

Cavalli Estate is situated at R44 Highway (Strand Road), Somerset West.

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