Babylonstoren Farm & Gardens was definitely one of the highlights of our South African wine country trip. The farm was established in 1692, and many buildings still stand. Gravity feeds stream water into the garden by waterways, just like farming was done centuries ago. Ducks and chickens wander the properties and there are hives of bees nestled among the gardens.
Fun fact – all of the more than 300 plants in the gardens of Babylonstoren are edible. We talked to one of the gardeners and he told us that our entrance fee gave us free reign to try anything we wanted in the gardens. Knowing this, we let our bellies guide our exploration, nibbling on figs, berries and even some snap peas.
Even though grapes have been growing on the Babylonstoren farm for hundreds of years, the first wines were made under the Babylonstoren label in 2011. We did a tasting, which started with their Sprankel sparkling wine. It was so lovely and fruity we couldn’t help but buy a bottle to enjoy back here in California.
Babylonstoren also has two (apparently) incredible restaurants that I was dying to check out. Even calling a few weeks in advance, we weren’t able to get a reservation. I hope you have better luck than we did and that you’ll tell me all about it!
45, Simondium Road
7670, South Africa
Also, can we talk about my white dress? There’s just something about white dresses that make me want to have an adventure. This one is an oldie, but here are some other ones I’m loving right now.
The sunhat is by Satya Twena and is a true summer essential. You know I’m all about taking care of my skin. This hat has huge brim, plus UV blocking material, and it doesn’t crease so you can stuff it into your bag without ruining it.
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P.S. – Here are a few more posts from our Cape Town adventure!
The Colorful Bo-Kaap Neighborhood
The Tintswalo Atlantic
Robben Island + Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell
The Twelve Apostles + Bea’s Chopped Salad
Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope
Cape Town Township Tour
Dash Restaurant + Healthy Seed Bread Muffins
Teniqua Treetops Treehouse Hotel
Table Mountain Cape Town