Talking of truffles, Anthonij Rupert has also just had their maiden truffle harvest! The first wine estate in South Africa to both cultivate and produce black Perigord truffles, these delicacies are grown at their Altima Estate near Villiersdorp, where the cool-climate conditions are ideal. Oak tree roots were inoculated with truffle spores and planted way back in September 2010 and this winter, at long last, their truffle hunter (aka Trufelau – honestly, there is such a thing!) Hanene van Dyk finally got to put her specially trained Lagotto Romagnolo dogs to work hunting for the truffles. Truffle season is short, but the canine darlings are kept sharp year-round by playing hide-the-truffle-find-the-truffle every single day.
And now, thanks to their efforts, the kitchen at Anthonij Rupert also offers a limited-period Truffle Lunch menu in which four courses – naturally all showcasing truffle – are paired with their Cape of Good Hope Wines, produced from the vineyards which frame those oak forests at Altima. (If you want to go one step further, the estate can be contacted directly to arrange an exclusive tour and truffle hunting experience at Altima.)
When all is said and done, you may just have the energy for that something else they offer. If so, head on over to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, which is just a short tram ride away on the estate. With an astonishing collection of luxury and vintage cars on display, it’s a fascinating and fun thing to do – even if you’re not a petrol head!
The Terra del Capo Tasting Room and Antipasto Bar are open from Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 4:30pm), but pre-booking is essential as this is a relatively intimate dining experience. The antipasti menu is seasonal of course, so come spring there will be new delights.
The four-course, truffle-inspired lunches will be available every Friday and Saturday only, and only until 20 July 2019. To ensure an exclusive dining experience, each luncheon will be kept to a maximum of 10 people.
For more information and reservations contact email@example.com or phone 021 874 9041. (Images kindly supplied by Anthonij Rupert.)