‘Olive Oil Estate A Must Visit – Cape town’
Morgenster produces the worlds best wine established in 1711.According to olive oil industries in Italy it is a known fact that Morgenster is meant for good fine quality of wine. It is famous producing internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil of astounding quality.
Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate in Somerset West,it takes 35 min journey from cape town by taking a car.It is a 300 year old estate located at the gateway to the western cape-wine growing region.Morgenster is tucked away near Somerset-West and not on the wine route everyone knows about. But it is all worth it to take the small detour and visit the 3 wine farms in that area. The mountain views are spectacular, wine tasting room and outside area stunning and the wine Excellent. The also offer an olive oil tasting, its good too. You do not want to leave, so peaceful and tranquil and the girls are excellent in their knowledge and the way the wine are being presented. You can almost pretend you live there.
A fantastic 300 year old farm owned by the Cape Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel at that time. Van der Stel was recalled in 1708 and the large farm was divided into 4 parts. One of these parts was bought by a French Huguenot who had fled religious persecution in France and was to found his dynasty in the Cape, Jacques Malan.After fourteen years has passed he hand overed it to his son ,Daniel.Daniel had a very big family of about 13 members.Daniel during his time left a very large and well furnished h shaped houseIn 1992 the farm was bought by Giulio Bertrand, who under the guidance of architect Revel Fox, restored Morgenster to its former glory.Present days the capacity of the estate has been increased a lot about 300 tons of grapes,and depending on the demand they also developed a red wine fermentation tank.A barrel maturation cellar is present so that the barrels are filled with fresh wine,the capacity is increased to 600 barrels and they are maintained at a tempurature of 16 degrees Celcius.
Morgenster produces a few thousand cases of only two Bordeaux blended wines.Lourens river valley and the Flagship wineare produced only from the selected and finest quality grapes. Giulio Bertrand (the owner) is Italian he imported clones of Italian cultivars.Here the production is limited because of the high standard production.In 1992 when Mr Bertrand bought the property, the market signals were clear that South Africa was ready to begin the process of of adopting an olive oil culture. Although the industry was 75 years old at that stage, Olive oil production was predominantly from a single cultivar, the Mission olive, which produces better table olives than it does olive oil.The production has increased by extending the land and property for farming and wine storage purposes.By taking a long-term partnership with Professor Guiseppe Fontanazza (previously head of the Olive Oil Institute of Italy) and importing, from Italy, the world’s leading cultivars; more than 3000 trees where shipped to Morgenster from an area stretching from Tuscany to Sicily. Morgenster wine labels have not only established themselves in South Africa but also on the international market, being exported to the UK, Europe, North America, Canada, Sweden and Singapore.
Wonderful tasting wine & lunch:
We can get started off with a wine and olive tasting, which includes sampling of different olive oils, tapenade (with bread and crackers) and olives.Many of them like to taste those all delicious food ,One can take bottles of wine there itself and also those tasty Olives and tapenade with them. Sofia’s at Morgenster was named after Sofia Loren by its owner Giulio Bertrand, and is a 40 seater restaurant which is situated on the edge of a meadow, with a vine-covered stoep and views of Morgenster’s vineyards, olive groves and cellar
After that on their way we can find a lovely restaurant, where we sit outside on the veranda and had a delicious meal, with excellent service and presentation. The setting at both locations at Morgenster, was so picturesque and relaxing, with beautiful views over the estate.Most of the visitors who visit these farms will definitely return to this one, it will be one of the most enjoyable visits who wish to have a great time.
The timings for Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate on the following days is as follows:
From Monday to Friday: 10:00 to 17:00,
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 to 16:00,
And on Public Holidays: 10:00 to 16:00
This Morgenster estate is a best place to visit for wine lovers. They enjoy each hook of their time with mouth watering wine and the lunch. People can stay there in the estates and can enjoy the nature and excellent climatic conditions with a glass of wine in their hand. The interior of the estate looks Royal with good and flourished finishing. To improve one’s wine tasting experience in the western cape. Visitors can also enjoy Giulio Bertrand’s three Italian Collection wines from his small sangiovese and nebbiolo vineyards and be guided through an olive oil tasting of intriguing complexity.