Surrounded by the Franschhoek mountains and in the heart of the Drakenstein Valley, Babylonstoren is renowned for its pictaresque vistas and excellent wine. It doesn’t end there, now that spring has finally sprung, Babylonstoren invites us to experience their magnificent greenery.
Walking into Babylonstoren is an experience. Immediately you fall into unwind (and wine) mode. Aside from their award winning vino, Babylonstoren is like an amusement park for the sophisticated adult. R10 gets you into the estate and takes you on a historic journey to the manor house, a Cape Dutch landmark, onto the Cellar for a divine wine tasting experience, the famous Babel restaurant for a divine nibble, and, if your day isn’t done yet, a long stroll along the abundant fruit and vegetable garden, the produce of which is harvested all your around and used in the restaurant. These trips can be guided if you feel like learning along the way.
THE DAILY GARDEN TOUR
The garden is divided into fifteen verdant clusters of vegetables, fruit, berries, bees, plants, ducks and chickens. Spring is a vibrant time for the garden, which inspired Babylonstoren to offer workshops from October all through November. Explore the secret life of bees with local bee expert, Mike Allsopp and take a walk through the kitchen garden to have a look at the plants that attract bees.
After a beautiful lunch, visitors don their beekeeping suits to inspect the swarms and harvest fresh honey straight from the hives. Learn how to forage and collect herbs for use at home or on the body. Dust off those gardening gloves, because after these workshops you’ll be creating a greenhouse of your own.
Open Wednesday to Sunday for day-visitors from 09h00 – 17h00. The Daily Garden Tour, starting at 10h00. These workshops tend to fill up quick, so bookings are essential. All entrance fees are donated to the Babylonstoren Trust.
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