With two years trading under its belt, the Idiom Restaurant & Tasting Centre has fast become a must-visit destination for those seeking a vineyard setting with 180 degree panoramic views of both sea and mountain with spectacular cuisine and a wide range of top wines to match. Situated near Sir Lowry’s Pass, Idiom is one of the southern-most vineyards in the Stellenbosch appellation with a positioning on the upper slopes of the Helderberg Basin. The elevated vantage point offers a unique coastal perspective of the full profile of the Cape Peninsula across False Bay whilst having the green, windswept vineyards and rugged, fynbos-covered mountainside as a backdrop to this unique Cape Winelands’ destination.
The restaurant space acts as a theatre from where the beautiful landscape can be observed in its different moods. The interior design is reserved in its almost Scandinavian simplicity, offering a calming, sheltered place to taste Idiom’s superb range of wines and enjoy a leisurely afternoon with friends and family. The dining experience continues to ensure that clients get a wonderful balance of flavours, with visual presentation showcasing the impeccable technique and the young talent being developed in the kitchen.
“Our focus is on contemporary cuisine bringing to life a fusion of our family’s Italian heritage as well as modern flavours and textures of the¬ Cape. We have seventeen different grapes varieties from all over the world planted at Idiom, giving us plenty of scope for inspiration”, notes Roberto Bottega, who has headed up the project of developing the signature Idiom Tasting Centre. “Over the last two years, we have been working to establish the identity and desired direction of our Restaurant and Tasting Centre. Our main trading window is lunch, to take advantage of the views. Our primary goal is to create a top class food offering to match the scenery and complement and showcase our Idiom wines. We offer a ‘Contemporary Dining’ experience, which is a 2- and 3-course seasonal menu, with a recommended wine pairing for each dish. We want customers to have a memorable visit to Idiom.”
“Each Idiom wine has its own unique character and flavour profile and we actively try and express those characters in the culinary offering, often using the colour spectrum as a guide,” adds Bottega. “Our current team in the kitchen, under the leadership of Calum Anderson, has a good understanding of this concept. The cured trout starter paired with Idiom Viognier and the lamb ragu paccheri paired with Idiom Zinfandel are two of my current favourites on our chef’s new menu.”
Guests can also request older vintages from Idiom’s library, and enjoy wines at close to cellar door prices, and which is an added benefit compared to eating in other top end establishments.
This season’s 2-course menu is priced at R315 per person and the 3-course is R390.
Wine pairings range from R30 – R90 per course depending on the wine.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 021 858 1088
UPCOMING EVENTS AT IDIOM
24TH – 25TH NOVEMBER 2018
The first Prosecco Weekend at Idiom will take place on the 24th and 25th November 2018.
Prosecco brunch will be served both days from 10-12 in the restaurant, followed by a tutored tasting of different Proseccos presented by producers from the Veneto and Friuli regions, who will explain how prosecco is made and share stories about the amazing success it is enjoying worldwide. Try top expressions from the cru towns of Valdobbiadene and Asolo.
The 2-6 pm afternoon aperitivo session will feature a walk around tasting of all the proseccos on offer which will be served with a variety of specially made canapes. Producers include Bellenda, Giusti, Pasqua’s Romeo & Juliet range, Astoria, La Delizia and others.
Tickets for the different sessions are available directly from Idiom or via Webtickets. Tickets go on sale 26 September 2018.
8TH – 9TH DECEMBER 2018
STELLENBOSCH SCULPTURE WEEKEND AT IDIOM
The inaugural Stellenbosch Sculpture Weekend at Idiom will be hosted on the 8th and 9th December and will feature leading sculptors such as Anton Smit, Stanislaw Trzebinski and Adriaan Diedericks.
2ND – 3RD MARCH 2019
ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT IDIOM
The annual Italian Festival at Idiom, which attracted 3000 people in 2018, will take place on the 2nd and 3rd March 2019. Tickets will be made available through Webtickets from 1 Nov 2018.
Visit www.idiom.co.za for more information.