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South African Boutique Vineyards Trip

Tony Timmer travelled to South Africa late February, early March 2011 to visit the wineries and vineyards to source and taste wines from boutique producers that are usually not represented by large distributors and importers. The aim is to bring in various bins of new world wine to add to the already eclectic cellar selection (currently over 220 bins) at the restaurant.

Wine are sourced from all over the world, for enjoyment at the Restaurant or to indulge in at home.

Read Tony's blog of his journey below:

16 - 18 March:  Constantia Braai!

The Hadeda’s announce the breaking of dawn. The sunrise over the mountains is quickly warming the cool air.  It is to be our last breakfast in Franschoek as we make our way back to Cape Town to visit the oldest wine-growing area in Southern Africa.  En-route from Franschoek we manage to visit a few more vineyards.[Read more ...]


9 - 15 March: The Bread Basket of Cape Town

The wide fertile plains, never ending on the horizon, greet us as we enter the rather desolate landscape on our way to the heart of Swartland. Our journey takes us further North. The fields are harsh this time of the year and there is evidence of cut crops, reminiscent of a three-day unshaven stubble. [Read more ...]


4 - 8 March: Oliphantshoek

Late afternoon finds us on the road, gladly leaving the orgy of Goggas behind! We had to re-locate to another B&B, for some peace and serenity! Gorgeous gardens, scents of lavender and roses filling the air, meticulous vineyards and beautifully renovated houses await us in the heart of Franschoek. This is to be our central base for the next few days. [Read more ...]


1 - 3 March 2011: The Cape Doctor

The early morning calls from the Hadeda’s signal the start to a new day. Their rather loud iconic calls Aah-ah, Aah-ah make me feel instantly at home. Many happy memories spent under the African Sun with my family instantly come to mind at the calling of the Hadeda. [Read more ...]


26 - 28 February 2011: “Proe die Klein Karoo!” (Taste the Little Karoo.)

The serenading of two love struck crickets in my bathroom kept me awake all night. These ”Goggas” eluded my every attempt to catch them! The lack of air conditioning played its part to and by 7.45 AM the temperature already reached 28°C Degrees. [Read more ...]

25 February 2011: Arrival

No matter how many times one flies into Cape Town, the sight of Table Mountain is always a welcoming one. Greeted by a balmy 26ºC degrees, I collected my car from the rental agency and commenced my long journey to discover some lesser-known vineyards. [Read more ...]


The Wines of the Cape

"Tony Timmer is the owner of The Feathered Nest, a country pub, restaurant and inn set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote and nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds. He regularly travels to South Africa to visit the wineries and vineyards to source and taste wines from boutique estates that are usually not represented by large distributors and importers. The aim is to bring in various bins of New World wine to add to the fantastic cellar selection (currently over 180 bins) at the restaurant." [Read more ...]

Broughtons Magazine (Luxury Lifestyle Magazine from the Exclusive Retailer of Bentley, Aston Martin, Spyker and Koenigsegg Motor Cars) has published an article written by Tony, on his love of wines and his trip to South Africa, in their Spring edition. View the magazine article below in PDF. (Reproduced by kind permission of Hine Marketing/Broughtons)


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