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Step Back in Time with the Plaisir de Merle Lot

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Nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg, overlooking the Drakenstein Valley, Plaisir de Merle has been making award-winning, French-inspired wines for more than 300 years. Set amongst manicured lawns and ancient oak trees, this historic estate offers exquisite vistas and magic aplenty.

Two couples will spend a weekend discovering its charms, punctuated with fine food and wines. The historic landmarks of Plaisir de Merle act as markers through time and as a tribute to the generations that came before. A walk around the estate reveals this long history in forms of gables, symbols and more. Jacob Marais (grandson of founder Charles Marais) built the manor house in 1764, where it remains today as one of the earliest and finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

Guests will be enchanted by the rich tapestry of stories on a guided horse and cart tour through the esate, stopping at the iconography where tales unfold.

Dining experiences will range from a food and wine pairing with cellarmaster, Niel Bester to a gourmet picnic in the heart of the vineyards, set-up on the slopes of the Simonsberg to take in those spectacular views.

Guests will spend the weekend in the historic Manor House, which opens up to a magnificent vista of the Simonsberg Mountains and the cascading vineyards. The interior features an elegant and eclectic rendition of old and new—a design aesthetic that pays homage to the estate’s long legacy and its forward thinking, progressive ethos.

There will be various spoils on offer, from on-site massages to vertical tastings and wine to take home, all you need to do is step back in time and enjoy it all.

  • Two nights’ accommodation in the Manor House, built in 1764, (restored by the Grays in 1950s, who exported fruit from the farm to Buckingham Palace).
  • Continental breakfast served in the morning.
  • Friday night: food and wine pairing with Niel Bester, Cellarmaster.
  • Saturday morning:  Guided horse and cart tour telling the wine farm’s stories through the iconography.
  • Tour of the winery as well as a vertical Cabernet Sauvignon tasting in the cellar.
  • Saturday lunch:  a picnic lunch in the vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg.
  • Cyclists are afforded the opportunity to cycle on trails on the winery. Bicycles provided.
  • Saturday dinner:  Dinner in Franschhoek at La Petit Manoir.
  • Sunday:  late start, relaxing at Manor House.  On-site massage.  Relax and depart at leisure. (for late departures we will ensure that there is food).
  • Guests will take home a vertical case of Cabernet Sauvignon (6 bottles).
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