For me what captures the essence of the Mediterranean are pines and vines and olive trees.
So aren’t we in the Cape fortunate to have this trilogy on our doorstep?
Why don’t you drive to the Helderberg hills near Somerset West and visit Morgenster estate, for an olive oil tasting that ranges from extra-virgin, to lemon and truffle-infused oils, tapenades, balsamic vinegar, as well as a new, late harvest addition called Monte Marcello, with its rootstock imported from Liguria.
Then stroll around the splendid estate of neighbouring Vergelegen, with its 300-year old camphor trees, octagonal walled garden, treasure-filled manor house and library, and make a point of visiting the hilltop winery, as much for its 360 degree scenery as its award-winning wines. Intended as an ”model estate” by its original owner, this premier spot is still earning multiple international accolades.
If you travel up the valley to Lourensford estate, you’ll be met by the aroma of roasting coffee beans. Follow your nose into The Coffee Roasting Company for a reviving cup, and fill your boot with their enticing, unusual blends ground to your preference, that will perfume your car all the way home.
As for fruits of the pine (it’s not a typo, truly) why don’t you order some pesto with your pasta at any of the top class restaurants near by – to say nothing of finishing your meal with a shot of grappa in your espresso – ”caffe corretto” indeed? In between giving thanks for Mediterranean climates and their gifts to the world. What a legacy!