We’re on the hunt for a number of the finest farm stalls alongside the N7, beginning off at Desert Rose close to Koringberg. Our second cease took us to Kardoesie, the place we met the stunning Hanri and Annette Theron.
Third in line and down the highway is one other worthwhile cease, arguably the N7’s oldest farm stall, De Tol, now owned by Bergendal.
Written by Thys de Beer
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Based in 1864, De Tol served because the native ‘toll gate’ on the Piekenierskloof Cross the place the Pikemen would acquire tolls from travellers. It additionally served as a watering gap for his or her donkeys and horses and provide station for weary travellers.
De Tol affords a one-stop expertise with a deli, a Piekenierskloof wine tasting room and Carmien tea tasting and a restaurant.
How did you survive doing lock-down?
De Tol was revamped simply earlier than lock-down which gave them time to assume and plan. In line with De Tol proprietor Potgieter van Zyl throughout lockdown they had been nonetheless allowed to farm might commerce and targeted on take-aways. Aside from grapes in addition they produce apricots, citrus, peaches, tea, lamb and beef.
Fortunately as a result of they weren’t correctly up and operating once more, that they had only a few staff however some had been moved to their farming operations.
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Publish lockdown, largely South African vacationers have began to go to. Extra are prone to return as they’re additionally concerned within the Rooibos2Muisbos Cycle Tour, a 100 km biking occasion from the Carmién Manufacturing unit at Bergendal farm, on the Paleisheuwel Highway, Piekenierskloof, Citrusdal, to Muisbosskerm in Lambert’s Bay. They’re additionally contemplating farm excursions and extra campsites.
Potgieter additionally mentions the impact of the distinctive 2021 flower season on their enterprise.
What’s on the menu?
De Tol focuses on native and artisanal merchandise so far as doable and now affords a deli that serves a wide range of their signature roosterkoek.
Tastings of the Piekenierskloof Wine Firm are on provide, their fan-favourites being Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir, Stone Dance and Six Hats ranges, to scrumptious Carmien tea and even their two award-winning rooibos distilled gins.
For these with a candy tooth, why not attempt their gin and nougat pairing?
Go to De Tol’s web site.
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Farm stalls between Cape City and Clanwilliam: Desert Rose, Koringberg