• Secluded Swimming Pool:

    Secluded Swimming Pool:

    it's fenced in, very private with lots of bird life, loungers, swimming toys, umbrella & a sauna. All fenced in, so safe for our junior guests.
  • Down by the swimming pool:

    Down by the swimming pool:

    surrounded by trees, lovely and private - and a sauna too.
  • Inside-outside verandah:

    Inside-outside verandah:

    a place to BBQ and chat on sunny days and balmy evenings and even in stormy weather.
  • Al fresco dining:

    Al fresco dining:

    after the cooking is done, the long table, fit for all occasions.
  • Open plan living area

    Open plan living area

    Freeflow from kitchen to dining to lounge .
  • well equipped kitchen:

    well equipped kitchen:

    gas stove, fridge, pots 'n pans ... all the essentials for a fine holiday.
  • dining area:

    dining area:

    in-between the kitchen and lounge - so you won't miss a thing!
  • comfy lounge:

    comfy lounge:

    Dstv, Dvd's, music, games and a good selection of holiday reading.
  • freeflow living area:

    freeflow living area:

    open plan view from lounge to kitchen leading out onto the wooden deck.
  • master bedroom:

    master bedroom:

    sunny and light, with en-suite bathroom and views out onto the elephant sanctuary.
  • children's bedroom:

    children's bedroom:

    teddies, toys, games, lots of books and even a dress up box.
  • downstairs :

    downstairs :

    the downstairs, outside bedroom - a quiet haven, a private deck and private views.
  • From the balcony:

    From the balcony:

    And here are the elephants - just across the valley.
  • That Wine Demesne:

    That Wine Demesne:

    According to the Ancient Greeks, the perfect daily intake of wine was 3 cups - approximately 750ml in today's terms.
  • Just planted:

    Just planted:

    Pinot Noir grapes ripening in the sun
  • First Autumn:

    First Autumn:

    a colourful showing
  • Summer ripening ~

    Summer ripening ~

    Dressed in white
  • Bramon Wine Estate:

    Bramon Wine Estate:

    for Tappas lunches and superb wines & bubbly - right next door, literally.
  • Hog Hollow Horse Trails:

    Hog Hollow Horse Trails:

    a splendid way to see all the activities and lunch at the wine estates too.
  • The Elephant Sanctuary:

    The Elephant Sanctuary:

    you can see them from the deck!
  • Monkeyland:

    Monkeyland:

    Not the quietest of animals in the morning, a delightful way to start the day.
  • Birds of Eden:

    Birds of Eden:

    Your dawn chorus ... yes they get up very early.
  • The Cats ...

    The Cats ...

    African cats, Exotic Cats, Hyenas, Zebra - animals abound here at the various sanctuaries.
  • Nature's Valley:

    Nature's Valley:

    the tranquility of the lagoon and river with long sandy beaches.
  • Plettenberg Bay:

    Plettenberg Bay:

    Whales (in season) dolphins (year round), seals, sea, sand and sun ...
  • Robberg Peninsula:

    Robberg Peninsula:

    a magnificent place to walk and wonder.

That Wine Demesne
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About That Vineyard

 

THAT WINE LOGO GREEN

Demesne:   (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n –  The Lord’s waste.  A piece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use.  (And in our case an experiment in growing grapes to make wine!)

 About Us:

David has always had a penchant for gardening, he loves trees, and things grow for him. We also both like wine – especially that one after work! So one day while we were wandering around our little Demesne, with a glass of wine and the dogs, he looked across at Bramon and said “what about we do a small field?”  So we nipped across to Pete and Caroline (the Thorpes from Bramon) had dinner and planned our wine future on a paper table mat and that pretty much sealed it. So easy, that small white piece of paper …

That Field now boasts 1400 Pinot Noir vines – there was a lot of growth in the first season, both for us and the vines. The vines came through it a lot easier than we did. It is addictive, this growing of vines for the making of wines.  So addictive, we decided to create another area : That Field Too is growing a storm at the moment – 1500 bustling Pinot Noir vines.

A total of 577 bottles were produced on the first harvest.  The verdict from expert opinions (many opinions) that it is excellent.  It has all the right notes, good legs, exceptional colour, definite structure, gentle tannins, light wood, good acids and is very smooth.  What more could you wish for…

We are delighted that 400 of these have been bought by the FRIENDS OF KURLAND FOUNDATION a Dutch foundation run by Marc Schoon at Madiba Travel and Pieter van Rensburg, a local Plett resident.  Through this foundation, funds are raised to run various projects in Kurland Village.  Its aims are ambitious, but simple: uplifting the community, in particular the youth, by developing and improving the welfare of the community.

If you are interested in the activities of the foundation and would you like to contribute in uplifting Kurland Village, you can contact Marc: marc@madibatravel.nl and have a look at the website: www.madibatravel.nl and read the many testimonials.

Why That Wine for the Foundation? Marc saw the value in how a small venture such as ours; using local residents, teaching them varied skills and creating full-time employment is an asset to a poor area.  But, more importantly. it teaches us to pay it forward.  As residents of the village, their efforts are paid forward towards their community, assisting their lives.

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