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Framed by the mountains of the Simonsberg, this lovely estate is run by the Back family, well known for producing great wines of good value. Backsberg has a comprehensive range of red and white wines and a very fine brandy made from chenin blanc. Among the wines to look out for are the 2003 Babylons Toren Chardonnay, the 2003 Babylons Toren red blend, and the 2007 Special Late Harvest. It also produces three kosher wines that are palatable: an unwooded chardonnay, a merlot, and a Pinotage. The restaurant does a lamb spit every lunch, so you can taste some excellent wines before digging in to a typical South African meal. Breakfasts are now available from 9:30 onwards, and the estate has self-guided cellar tours. Concerned about climate change and the environment, the Back family has put measures in place to reduce the farm's carbon footprint. They've done a good job, and Backsberg is the first carbon-neutral wine estate in South Africa. Here's hoping others will soon follow suit. On the odd occasion—and depending how busy everybody is—a tractor ride can be arranged ahead of time for children.
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