Solms-Delta is much more than a wine estate. Located 15km outside the village of Franschhoek in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the magnificent wine estate produces classical wines with a difference… In fact everything about Solms-Delta is different.
In addition to its highly acclaimed wines, Solms-Delta offers a variety of highlights throughout the seasons. Experience picnics all year round in its magical forest, modern Cape cuisine at its renowned Fyndraai restaurant, and an annual harvest festival that draws visitors from near and far.
The beautiful Franschhoek wine farm estate also features a museum that explores the slave heritage of the area, and six special interest guided wine farm tours that exceed the conventional wine tasting experience.
Sample innovative wines and the finest in local cuisine at Solms-Delta Wine Estate, a leading Franschhoek wine farm in the Cape Winelands. We invite you to enjoy a guided tasting of the Solms-Delta wines with us, or experience an authentic Franschhoek wine farm or museum tour. Also be sure to book a picnic in the estate’s enchanting riverside forest, or to explore hearty Cape cuisine at our Fyndraai restaurant.
No French cuisine, no wannabe anything, but a flavourful blend of the diverse and traditional Cape Cuisine: European, Asian and African. Not as revolutionary as it sounds: boerekos is strongly influenced by the food of the Malay slaves who accompanied their masters to South Africa. Seasonal menus, with daily specials, break away from the Franschhoek norm. Living up to Solms-Delta’s celebration of everything Hiervandaan (from this place) they are “anything but French”. Instead, Fyndraai Restaurant explores genuine Cape culinary traditions. This truly is ‘food of origin’.
Afrikaner boerekos, which has strong European and “Cape Malay” (slave) influences, mixes with ingredients first used by the indigenous Khoi nomads who lived in the Franschhoek valley thousands of years ago – but the emphasis falls on what is most palatable today. At experimental tastings, masterminded by acclaimed food scientist Renata Coetzee, most “everyday” Khoi ingredients proved too bitter for 21st century palates.
Sauces and syrups therefore liven traditional favourites on the Fyndraai Restaurant menu: calf’s liver and pickled tongue comes with aartappelvla and balsamic and cherry sauce; malva pudding takes on a new flavour with sour fig custard; rooibos and coconut cheesecake comes with a rooibos syrup with lemon sorbet. Expect kraakbrood, kaaings – and possibly koekemakranka. Right now, chef Shaun is “playing happily”. And yes, there is a glossary translating the unfamiliar local terms of traditional Cape Food for foreign visitors.
Only Solms-Delta and Solms-Astor wines are served at Fyndraai. As these wines range from the serious and highly rated through unusual to light-hearted quaffers, there’s something for all palates and pockets – by the bottle and the glass. To simplify wine choices, the winemaker Hagen Viljoen, chef Shaun Schoeman – and very willing helpers – have compiled helpful suggestions as to their preferred food and wine pairings of the Fyndraai Restaurant menu and wine list.
From Cape Town via the N1:
On the N1 freeway, turn off at the Paarl/Franschhoek Exit 55, turn right and follow the R45 signs towards Franschhoek. Pass the R310 turn-off to Stellenbosch on the right. About 1km further, turn left into Delta Road, you will see the Solms-Delta logo on white walls. The drive is about 12km from the N1 freeway. Allow at least 45minutes from Cape Town.
From Cape Town via the N2 (and Stellenbosch):
On the N2 freeway, turn off at the Baden Powell Drive exit and follow the Stellenbosch signs all the way into town. Continue on the same road through Stellenbosch and look out for the turn-off (to the right) to Franschhoek via the Helshoogte Pass (R310). Continue over the pass and through Pniel to the T Junction with the R45. Turn right towards Franschhoek and 1km along that road, turn left info Delta Road, you will see the Solms-Delta logo on white walls. Allow about 30 minutes from Stellenbosch.
The entrance to Museum/Restaurant complex is approx 800m down Delta road on the left (pass the Delta Crest entrance on your right).
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Solms-Delta Delta Road, Off the R45 Groot Drakenstein