Little morsels and bite-sized treats. That is my favourite way of eating. Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate has embraced and renewed the deli-concept wholeheartedly with the recent opening of PROE, an indulgent smorgasbord of local produce.
I tire easily from eating a lot of the same thing. I crave texture, variety, different flavours and layers. I love grazing with my eyes as well as with my soul. My favourite eating style is to “proe” my way through a variety of dainty morsels and bites, savouring the luxury of a little bit of everything.
I was recently gifted a very generous deli and wine box from Diemersfontein, to whet my appetite for PROE. If this box was anything to go by, PROE will be a feast for all the senses, coupled with the sterling wines of Diemersfontein. Simply take a basket, load it up with locally sourced foods (mostly from the Wellington area!), have it plated by the PROE deli team, grab a picnic blanket and choose your spot, inside or out. Sounds pretty awesome to me!
The produce available at PROE have been sourced locally and showcases many of the quality food brands people know, but perhaps never associated with Wellington and its immediate surrounds. Supporting local also means Diemersfontein can keep its carbon footprint low, and in line with goals for environmental sustainability.
A new family and pet-friendly dining experience has opened at Diemersfontein, the celebrated wine and country estate in Wellington just 40kms from Cape Town’s northern suburbs.
Called PROE, the deli-style offering provides visitors with the broadest choice of top-quality charcuterie, goat and cow’s milk cheeses, fresh bread, preserves and more to be enjoyed in a laid-back setting – as a picnic on the shaded lawns or at a table in PROE’s air-conditioned venue. As can be expected, Diemersfontein’s award-winning wines remain very much part of the mix and in fact, are even more so at PROE.
“PROE means ‘taste’ in Afrikaans and as such, reflects not only local cultural flair, but also the all-round epicurean offering that awaits visitors,” says Diemersfontein sales and marketing manager Hannelize Louw. “This is a wine and food experience that lets visitors select what they’d prefer to enjoy with their wine. You get exactly what you want, and in the amount that you decide.” (press release)
What’s in the box?
Doubling as Diemersfontein’s wine tasting room, PROE is where all the magic happens. A happy come-together between food and wine, it only seemed obvious that they included a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 in my deli box.
Needless to say, I left my food pairing to the experts and enjoyed my Cab Sauv with the deli box, just like it was intended. I must admit, although I am eager to visit PROE in person, it was lovely to get a taste of what’s on offer in the comfort of my own home during these very strange COVID times.
The deli box was loaded with deliciousness – a soft, fresh loaf of bread being the epicentre of any good meal. A variety of cheeses and cured meats, artisinal preserves made from wine grape varieties, chocolate truffles and soft toffees. Olives, olive oil, herbs, spices and preserves. The deli also offers cold-smoked trout, biscuits, snacks and fruit juices to name only a few.
The only thing I added to our luscious picnic-style lunch, was a garden salad with fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes. For the rest, Diemersfontein had us covered.
Diemersfontein Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Tasting notes: Exceptional cassis and cloves, with a touch of dried herb and vanilla aromas. The palate delights with elegant flavours of blueberries and cherries followed by wellstructured and firm tannins.
In the vineyard: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
In the cellar: Grapes were harvested in different batches and fermented separately using different yeast cultures. Fermentation lasted between 5 and 7 days at approximately 25°Celsius.
Cellar door price: approx. R130 a bottle
Food pairing: This wine’s ripe fruit, tannic structure and herbaceous notes tend to brighten up already hearty and rich dishes. It adds an extra sparkle to herb crusted rack of lamb, grilled steak and even Grandma’s simple meatballs.
A versatile, delightfully complex Cabernet Sauvignon which went down a treat with the rich cheeses and slight smokiness of the meats. Earthy, with a smooth finish, it’s a great wine to showcase this festive season, with or without the food.
I hope that, amidst the few outings I allow myself during this pandemic, my feet will lead me to Diemersfontein to experience PROE and the estate in its full glory. It seems like the perfect place to proe, to experience and to connect this festive season.
Thank you, Diemersfontein and PROE, for the little taster of what you have to offer. I hope we will meet soon!
The fine print
Diemersfontein wine and country estate is situated off Jan van Riebeeck Drive (R301). For more information call 021 864 5050, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.diemersfontein.co.za or make contact via @diemersfontein on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The deli is the latest addition to the world-class destination that has built its reputation on exceptional wines and country hospitality, music, upliftment and empowerment. Diemersfontein hosts weddings and functions and has comfortable country-style accommodation with en-suite guest rooms. Its online wine shop at www.diemersfontein.co.za provides easy, efficient and safe shopping, with delivery to your door. PROE is open daily, from 10:00 to 17:00.
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