Situated near the banks of the Berg River between Paarl and Wellington lies Tempel Wines with their gorgeous farm lodge, bush vines and views across the valley. The Cape Dutch cottage dates back to 1784, and history shows that this farm is the place that Jewish traders operating in the valley used for Shabat. This Jewish connection lasted and traditionally “De Tempel” has produced kosher wine for both the South African and International market.
Today Tempel is owned by SwedishAlf and Marie Ljungqvist, who have breathed new life into this special place. They produce a fabulous Pinotage (the 2009 is a wonder) as well as an unique white pinotage under the label Innocence, which I recommend. Their farm lodge has five beautifully appointed rooms and cottages that will suit any requirement, a breakfast room that looks across the vines and very personal service from Alf and Marie with the planning of your day tours, restaurants, etc.
More than all that though, to me its Alf and Marie that set this place apart from the rest. They are soulful people, warm and welcoming, with hearts that shine through in their personalities. Marie is an accredited yoga teacher, and as much as Tempel offers a lovely Winelands stay, it also offers a retreat for anybody wanting an escape for rejuvenation …. www.tempelwines.co.za
The very beautiful Alf and Marie, owners and special makers of Tempel Wines and Accommodation.