Tokara – The Art of Wine
During your holiday to the Mother City, you can indulge in non-stop activity in the form of luxury Cape Town restaurants, pastimes and sights, and you may find yourself craving a breather from all the action once in a while.
The Cape winelands offer you the chance to do just that, without leaving the opulence behind; and Tokara, near Stellenbosch, is one of the town’s finest places for a pampering day out close to the city.
Sprawled around the picturesque Helshoogte Pass, this up and coming wine estate offers a range of indulgences to be enjoyed whilst admiring the views over False Bay all the way to Table Mountain.
Dining with a view
Start off your day at the Deli which provides a comforting nod to family-friendly country living in a comfortable and spacious industrial-styled venue. Here you can tuck into the breakfast of your choice or relax over a light lunch overlooking the olive groves, vineyards and the Simonsberg Mountain. These vistas are enhanced by the simple, clean lines and architecture of the dining area.
Pick up some treats
The Deli Shop offers a delicious take-home variety of freshly baked pies and bread, home-grown wines, Kalamata olives, olive paste and extra virgin cold-pressed olive oils, decadent imported hand-made Belgian chocolate truffles and charcuterie. You will also find the very best of South African cheeses, fragrant coffee, Karoo venison and free-range duck, Nico Nel’s Suiderland boerewors and a range of delectable wines, of course.
Exploring all the options
While the owner, G T Ferreira, originally purchased the Stellenbosch farm as a picturesque residence, it wasn’t long before he yielded to the allure of making wine here, and now owns two other vineyards in the prime wine-producing areas of Elgin and Hermanus. As a result, some versatile vintages, which are representative of these three different zones, are carefully crafted onsite at Tokara.
Although the combination of great food and wine was a no-brainer after planting his vineyards, Ferreira still felt that he needed something more to put his estate on the map.
Art meets art
Progressing naturally from the art of winemaking, the Wine Made Art concept was started in 2006. This process involves using fine red wines (made at Tokara, of course) to craft striking one-of-a-kind paintings. These artworks are created by skilled commissioned artists according to a different theme every year, and are on display at the winery from September to December annually.
Next time you feel the need to escape the city for a few hours, experience the sumptuous Cape Town luxury of fine food, wine and art at Tokara, Stellenbosch,