Abingdon Wine Estate

4 July 2013 in Review, Sous Chef South Africa

I was very fortunate recently to win a competition through Wedgewood who produce mouth-wateringly good nougat in the Natal Midlands…yes Belinda,  wateringly  really is a word! :)

Gilly Walters started this flourishing family business from her home kitchen, you can read their interesting story here.

You can also click here  to browse her lovely recipes using nougat.

I love the sepia images on their packaging.

I received a fabulous hamper of their hand made products which we flattened in record time and the other part of the prize was a wine tasting and lunch for two at Abingdon Wine Estate.

It was a perfect sunny winters day as we headed off to the Midlands, the Midlands Meander offers the day tripper a marvelous assortment of things to do, products to see and places to eat.

 Arrival at Abingdon is along a tree-lined driveway which is beautiful whatever the season.

We were greeted by the owners Ian and Jane Smorthwaite in the cosy bar/wine tasting area.

I loved the quirky old cash register which they actually use.

Abingdon is the only wine estate in Kwa Zulu Natal, Ian admits that many people were skeptical of  his endeavor to establish his vines here,  don’t you love it when people succeed in the face of adversity?! He took us through their excellent range of wines, one of which is a very palatable  Chardonnay, yes, this ABC girl (anything but Chardonnay) actually liked it!

You can eat in the dining area adjacent to the bar or outside under the trees, we opted for the latter, ordering a mezze platter for two and a bottle of their delicious Blanc de Noir.

There was a nice assortment of desserts, all at R35. Himself ordered a boozy Van der Hum Creme Brulee and I had an assortment of Nougat (Wedgewood of course!) Italian Kisses and Chocolate Brownies.

I can think of nothing better than spending a relaxing lunch with delicious food and wine under the African skies! Thank you Wedgewood and Abingdon, we really enjoyed the prizes.

You can contact Abingdon on 033 2344335 or jane@abingdonestate.co.za

*Cheese image on 1st collage was imported from the internet.

14 responses to Abingdon Wine Estate

  1. What an awesome prize and fab day out.
    :-) Mandy xo

  2. If I didn’t know you were English, Sue, I’d say you have the luck of the Irish. :) What a fabulous prize and a lovely day out too. I rather like “mouth wateringly good,” which is exactly how those desserts sound. :)

  3. It sounds wonderful, you lucky fish!! xxxx

  4. inge said on 7 July 2013

    Lovely post. Think I need to take my “himself” and myself up to the Midlands one sunny day :)

  5. How awesome! I love finding perfect Sunday lunch spots like this! Promise you will take us there if we happen to find ourselves in the Hollow? I call them Angel biscuits Satan’s Spawn!! They are SO addictive :)

    • I promise to take you here should you come to Natal, those biscuits really are Satan;s Spawn hahaha!

  6. What a great prize, lovely photographs.

  7. We loved welcoming you and “himself” back to our little spot,Sue! Look forward to your next visit with all the above friends! :)

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