McGregor has always been a special place for me, as I spent part of my childhood there, and it’s always felt like coming home, especially since I’ve grown up all over.
The rose bushes lining the dusty streets, the dogs dozing on the roads, the quirky characters who live there, the sun rising through the mist.
Returning for a weekend away and an old friends birthday celebration, we planned a long weekend with some good friends, and booked our favorite accommodation – The Kite House.
Leaving early on Saturday morning with our Cape Town boujee Jason’s coffee and Pasties de Natas, we battled traffic of the North Burbs. The view after the Huguenot Tunnel inspired, as always, with its mountains, valleys and waterfalls.
I must make mention our travel bags by Chapel, locally designed and absolutely beautiful – perfect for a weekend road trip in our little Mini. Our twinning canvas backpacks and leather weekend bags to match meant we could travel in style, and had no issue with car space.
For lunch, we joined Wine Girl Cape Town for her 100th wine farm visit at our all time fav, Paul Rene MCC, situated just on the edge of Robertson / McGregor. An intimate setting on the family’s generous porch, we enjoyed a lovely country style three course meal, complete with Paul Rene MCC Brut and Brut Rose, surrounded by vineyards, adorable children and dogs. Bliss.
Owner/wine makers Henk and Monica were truly lovely hosts – we learnt about their seasonal rhythms on the farm and the story behind their delicious MCC.
Our weekend crew of good friends enjoying some excellent MCC and laughs.
We always book our McG accommodation through McGregor Country Getaways, run by businesswoman and my childhood friend Mira Weiner, as she has some real gems on her books and knows the area better than anyone. Mira also happens to own a successful wine marketing business, Hot Oven Marketing, and has won herself some entrepreneurship awards – go girl!
Needless to say, the weekend included lots of good wine from the local wine farms – make sure to visit the wine bar Grape Devine on main road – lots of laughs, seeing old face (for me) and even friendly bets on the World Cup Final at new local restaurant, Open Kitchen.
We skipped on Springfield wine farm this time, but it’s usually an absolute must, as is a visit to the factory shop at RialHeim HQ (previously known as Ceramic Factory) just outside Robertson.