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Set between Montagu and Barrydale on the R62, the Op-de-Tradouw region, named after a pass through the mountains, is best known for its excellent wines. Joubert-Tradauw is a great place to stop for a wine tasting or for lunch or tea. Owner Meyer Joubert makes wine in the age-old French tradition—unfiltered and unrefined. His chardonnay is sublime, and he has publicly stated that it is his ambition to make the best Syrah in the world. (Try it; he's definitely on the right track.) While he works his magic in the winery, his wife Beate waves her star-spangled wand over the small deli-coffee shop, where you can sit under the pergola and spend ages over a superb cheese platter or Gruyère salad, or just have a quick coffee and cheesecake. It's tapas alfresco with a traditional Afrikaner touch.
For a more adventurous dining experience, you can combine lunch or tea with a quad-bike (all-terrain-vehicle) tour. Tradouw Quads has great tours ranging from gentle rides to a hectic mountain adventure All tours can be combined with a picnic if arranged in advance. R62, 6750. 082/055-4096. www.tquads.co.za.
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