One is reminded to respect history yet think modern to succeed in this day and age, yet I do believe one is allowed to indulge in nostalgia too, when the moment is right. Such was my recent experience along the Stellenbosch Kloof Road, on the hillsides to the west of the town of Stellenbosch, my birthplace. Here you will find ‘Overgaauw’, more than a century old, this fourth generation wine estate owned and developed by the Van Velden family whose ancestors were friends of my late parents. Today, David Van Velden’s youthful energy and passion along with help along the way from distinguished winemaker Chris Joubert and others, combines with the terroir to produce some fine Merlot, Cape-Bordeaux-style blends, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sylvaner and Sauvignon Blanc. The farm has been retained as it was, and not been commercialised.
With the innovation in the wine making, has come a charming addition too, in the form of talented chef Camilla Comins who has established a rustic small restaurant for Saturday and Sunday lunches, with just a few tables, well spaced, and lovely views across the vineyards and Stellenbosch Mountains. Here she serves delicious set menus, using the freshest ingredients, vegetables, free range meat, fruit and herbs and products which remind one what ‘good Sunday lunches’ should be about. Reservations are limited to a set number of diners so service is informed and personal, with a relaxed peaceful atmosphere.
One needs to book in advance, and can easily pass the sign to the restaurant as one heads along this now ‘celebrated’ road to ‘De Morgenzon’ with its beautiful gardens and fine range of wines so artfully labelled, before reaching ‘Jordan’ long time producer of quality wines and their fine dining restaurant.