Toasting ten vintages of award-winning Idiom wines, the Bottega family is embarking on a new sensory adventure with the unveiling of an inspiring venue located at the top of their mountain vineyards on the outskirts of Somerset West near Sir Lowry’s Pass.
The new Idiom Restaurant & Wine Tasting Centre flaunts unique, panoramic views of the majestic Helderberg basin and the full expanse of the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point, with False Bay glistening in the foreground.
Cementing the family’s decade of Idiom wine excellence, this new attraction invites the visitor to experience the true home of Idiom wines, where majestic granite mountains, rolling hills covered in fynbos, the proximity of the cool Atlantic Ocean and windswept, low-yielding vineyards all combine to define the terroir. All the grapes used in the Idiom range are grown on this unique property.
Roberto expresses his vision: “The concept at Idiom was to achieve a dialogue between the modern and traditional, bringing together our family’s South African and Italian heritage. The arched porticos and stone viewing tower offer subtle reminders of our Italian heritage while
the concrete, glass and timber structure reflect our South African roots. The fusion of styles means that the building constantly surprises and looks different from every angle.”
The venue, which opens its doors in June 2016, will offer fusion dishes of South African and Italian cuisine with a modern twist, all tuned to pair with the extensive Idiom wine offering.
The restaurant will offer a seasonal a la carte menu and one of the features will be the multi-course degustation menus which will available only by prior booking. Walk-in wine tasters will be able to choose from the lighter canapé and wine pairing selections. For larger tasting groups, a booking is also recommended.
In the warmer summer months, guests will be able to order a picnic basket from the Deli to enjoy under the thatch-covered ‘lapas’ on the pine-covered ‘koppie’ adjoining the venue, where an unspoilt backdrop of indigenous fynbos, rolling vineyards and ocean vistas will have an immediate calming effect for those needing to escape the rigours of city life.
The Deli section is expected to open this spring along with an Italian Wine Experience area that will showcase the family’s Vinotria.co.za imported Italian wine project in addition to their locally produced Idiom Collection of wines and will be aimed at increasing the local public’s awareness of Italian varieties and wines.
- Press Release