In Their Words
Idiom History & Location
Idiom is an award-winning wine estate in the heart of the Helderberg range, just over 30 minutes south of Stellenbosch close to False Bay. This southernmost part of the Stellenbosch wine region provides the perfect climatic conditions for the incredible range of Idiom wines. A celebration of terroir, unusual varietals and masterful blends, Idiom is so-called because it is home to the Cape expression of so many European classics. The Cape Idiom, if you will.
The Estate was the vision of Alberto and Valerie Bottega. Alberto was born in Italy and emigrated with his family to Cape Town as a child. The Bottega family are hugely proud of their Italian heritage and their decision to plant Italian varietals here in 1999 (as part of their diversified portfolio of grapes) is a celebration of this heritage.
Idiom is well known for its big, bold blends which have been celebrated in various competitions including repeatedly winning the Top 5 Cape Blend in South Africa and the national trophy at Michelangelo for the best Bordeaux-style blend.
Book a signature wine tasting or a table where you can enjoy a fine dining experience, soaking up dramatic 360-degree views of the False Bay Peninsula, a rugged mountain backdrop and picturesque sweeping vineyards of the Cape.
Idiom Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open daily, 10am-5pm.
The Restaurant at Idiom: open daily, 10am-4pm.
All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Idiom Wine Tasting
The Idiom range consists of 18 different varietals and provides a unique and direct comparison between the famous French wines of Bordeaux and the Rhone, Tuscany and Piedmont, but expressed in the Cape terroir.
Our mountain-facing Tasting Bar offers spectacular views of the granite apex shaped rock that can be seen from across the Cape panorama. Outside, the terrace is the perfect invitation to delight in the panoramic views of our vineyards, the mountains and every shade of blue stretching all the way across the ocean of the False Bay peninsula.
In addition to wine tasting, guests are also able to embark on a virtual journey through the main wine regions of Italy at the Vinotria Italian Wine Library – a display of 250 wines from all over Italy.
Wine Tasting Prices
Idiom offer a number of tastings and food pairings for you to enjoy.
Try the 4 wine Single Varietal Tasting for R85pp adding canapés for R250pp. The 4 Blends Tasting costs R125pp, or you can sample 3 blends with canapés for R250pp. Idiom also offer a Macaron & 3 Wines Pairing for R250pp (which requires pre-booking).
The Idiom Restaurant flaunts unique, panoramic views of the majestic Helderberg basin and the full expanse of the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point, with False Bay glistening in the foreground. Here, contemporary dining complements and showcases Idiom’s flagship blends, signature Italian varietal wines and rare limited release 900 Series wines.
Menus & Pricing
Our chefs have created a stunning gourmet menu for breakfast and lunch. At breakfast expect staples such as eggs benedict, French toast and omelettes, whilst at lunch sample traditional Italian pizza, beef short rib, homemade ravioli, braised veal shank and luscious chocolate desserts. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. 3 course main menu from R460pp excluding drinks.
Idiom also offer an Eat@Home Gourmet Takeaway experience. The menu, which can be delivered, includes several options from exquisite 3 course meals to single frozen dishes for you to enjoy at home. Check our website for more details.
Idiom Tours & Activities
Guests to the Estate are welcome to enjoy the Varietal Sensory Garden and Fynbos Garden. The garden celebrates some of the beautiful indigenous flora of the area and visitors can walk from varietal to varietal to explore the scents that are the constituent elements found in white and red wines of the Idiom Collection.
With one of the most spectacular vineyards in the Cape and breathtaking panoramic views, Idiom has hosted countless celebrations that embody one-of-a-kind exclusivity. Whether it is for a year-end business function, company away-day, private cocktail party, a small ceremony or a large-scale wedding, we will ensure it will be memorable. Contact the Estate for more details.
When Lucy Visited
Lucy hasn't visited this wine farm yet, but it's on her list. Check back soon for updates and reviews!