This year the town of Tulbagh marks the 50th year since it experienced the most destructive earthquake in South Africa’s history.
The town was rebuilt and restored and feels like a meeting place of the old and the new. On Church Street you’ll find traditional Cape Dutch houses with green shuttered windows and at the end of the road you’ll be able to enjoy Bootlegger coffee and contemporary art at Makers Mark.
On the weekend of 27 - 29 September the town is hosting ato commemorate this massive event in the town’s past. They are celebrating the rebuilding of the town with art, wine and good food.
Here's a look at some of the experiences we loved on a recent visit.
Taste wine out of the barrel at Oude Compagnies Post
Located on the slope of the Saronsberg Mountain, just outside Tulbagh,has a picturesque view of the valley and some delicious wines you just have to try. The winemaker Dirk Swanepoel will take you on a personalised tour and will let you taste some wine out of the barrel. The farm is beautiful and they have great accommodation on offer if you’d like to stay for a night or more.
Enjoy food and wine at Paddagang Restaurant
Exceptional food, service, and wine awaits aton Church Street in Tulbagh. It’s located in one of four original KWV wine houses and the restaurant serves local dishes paired with wines that complement the meal. We would definitely recommend the vegetable curry followed by one of their decadent cakes. Be sure to also check out their gift shop before you leave.
Appreciate contemporary art at Saronsberg Cellar
Effective art and good wine have something fundamental in common: they move you. Experience both atwhere you can enjoy a wine-tasting and then browse their impressive collection of contemporary art. From large bronze sculptures to fine art from different movements, the art will leave you inspired. You’re bound to recognise the names of many local artists showcased by the cellar. You can enjoy a cheese platter and nibbles on the patio outside while you soak up the view of the mountains and its reflection on the dam.
Take your time and savour the local wine scene - visit some of the other cellars in the area too:
How about some local delicacies with that wine?
Have an olive experience at Oakhurst
Atyou’ll meet people so passionate about olives that they’ll make you feel another level of excitement over this tiny fruit. Taste their olive oil varieties and enjoy olives in multiple shapes and forms. We particularly enjoyed the olive marmalade and tapenade.
Try an indulgent chocolate tasting at Moniki Chocolatier
Chocolate, arguably the food of the Gods, is whathas perfected to an art. They pair their Belgium chocolate with different liqueurs and flavours to make unique treats you’ll fall in love with. Try a chocolate tasting with a drink of your choice and take some home as the perfect gift.
Love local in Tulbagh
Remember at the De Oude Kerk Volksmuseum
At the end of Church Street four buildings make up the. The first is an old church built in 1743 that now houses artefacts, furniture, art and souvenirs from the town’s past. Across the street the Earthquake Museum is home to a collection of photos and personal accounts documenting the historic earthquake and its lasting impact in a beautiful way. There’s also a Victorian House Museum and a Pioneer House Museum that each depict the lifestyle of a time long past. This trip down memory lane will give you some context on the town and its history before we time travel back to the present.
Drink coffee and admire the art at Makers Mark
Take a walk down Church Street and into the present day at. This art gallery meets coffeeshop, deli and shop is the kind of hip hidden gem travellers love discovering. Their collection of art is phenomenal and you can even rent a room for a night or two and stay in the beautifully curated space with all the modern luxuries you might need. They also sell a collection of locally crafted fashion and décor items.
Shop at Made in Tulbagh
Locally made goods and products are becoming more sought after as community members turn to support locals artisans. Tulbagh has a beautifully curated retail spacespecifically focused on items made in the area. From clothing to accessories, soaps and art you’ll definitely find a gift for yourself or a loved one while you browse this beautiful concept store.