February is the best time for grapes. On the farm, they are harvesting wine grapes, and in the garden, a favourite summer stop is in the shade of the pergola, which is covered in table grape varietals. From one end of the pergola to the other, we have 19 varieties growing, carefully selected so that they ripen one after the other.
Read more about harvest and other activities and offerings during February at Babylonstoren.
New Milk Room at Babylonstoren
The newest addition to our farm portfolio – our new Milk Room just opened its barn doors. This quaint space sits adjacent to the existing Farm Shop, and showcases our rich offering of uniquely crafted cheeses, butters and other dairy indulgences. Known in Afrikaans as the Melkkamer, it is the latest addition to our cherished farm-to-table retail portfolio, also including the Lekker Room, Pantry and Meat Room, where the best of the Boland and Babylonstoren is on display for browsing and shopping.
If you’ve decided to pare back on the alcoholic indulgences this month, Babylonstoren has got you. Enjoy bitterlekker over crushed ice as a pre-dinner drink sans the alcohol – or headache! Made with blood orange and their secret blend of Winelands botanicals, this uniquely South African Babylonstoren drink is the best way to kick-start 2022.
Get a free 6-pack of bitterlekker with every 3 you buy online, PLUS a limited edition carrier bag. Shop online: https://shop.babylonstoren.com/
Nuts about Almonds
Our beautiful almond orchards with their generous yield are an annual highlight at Babylonstoren. Towards the end of January, the almond harvest kicked-off. Nonpareil is the main cultivar grown on the farm, giving the largest yield and best quality almonds. This year, we’ve expanded our almond offering to include our very first nut-based vegetarian and vegan milk.
Awards and Accolades
• Babylonstoren’s inclusion in Tatler Travel Guide 2022, spotlighted within the category, “Good-time Palaces”. Of the 101 hotels selected, those featured in the print guide are the very best of the best.
• After claiming top laurels as the Best Hotel in Southern Africa in 2021, Babylonstoren – and particularly our retail offering – is featured in Condé Nast Travelers The Gold List 2022 issue for exceptional hotel shop with its clear identity and great offering.
The 2022 grape harvest is underway and our cellar is bustling with winemaking activities.
On one of our daily Cellar Tours, guests will find themselves in the heart of the winemaking process while tasting all ten wines in our portfolio. Come and get a glimpse!