Soetes & Soup – Wine & Soup Festival


During July of every year, the Breedkloof wine valley hosts a Breedekloof Soetes And Soup Festival

We decided to beat away the wintery blues at the annual Breedekloof Soetes & Soup weekend which took place on Friday 19 July and Saturday 20 July
Live music, a farmer’s market and Witblits tastings, as well as exhibitions of art, clothing and jewellery are on the menu.

This fun-filled festival, hosted by wineries in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini, and the Breede River area, combats the chills by serving cups of steaming hot homemade country soup accompanied by a glass of multiple award-winning soetes (dessert wines) including Hanepoot, Noble Late Harvest, Red Jerepigo and Port.  Do not fret if you’re not a lover of sweet or dessert wines, like me, as I enjoyed multiple option of all the other wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage.  I savoured Merlot and Pinotage at most of the wine farms we fisited.

By purchasing a Breedekloof Soetes & Soup enamel mug and coupon booklet for R50 per person at the first winery you were able to use the coupons to enjoy complimentary homemade country soup and discounts of between 10% and 25% on red and fortified wines at each of the participating wineries.  The wine tasting was for free and you could taste as much wine as you wanted and you also received a complimentary Breedekloof wine glass.

The Breedekloof Wine Route

The Breedekloof wine route is located in the majestic Breede River Valley of the Western Cape and the Du Toitskloof cellar lies near the town of Rawsonville about an hour’s drive from Cape Town through the awe-inspiring Du Toitskloof Pass, a scenic route that will take your breath away.

ImageImageMap of all the participating wine farms

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Badsberg wine cellar lies in the picturesque Rawsonville area at the foot of the well-known Badsberg mountain from which the cellar derives its name. The cellar is situated close to the Goudini spa holiday resort, approximately 20km from Worcester and about 80km from Cape Town. To find out more about Badsberg and their wines: ImageImageImageImageDelicious roosterkoeke for sale

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Estate is situated in the Breede River Valley in South Africa, about 110 km from Cape Town.  This is where the Drakenstein and Hex River Mountains​ meet, creating such scenic surroundings that the farm was named “Bergsig”, meaning “mountain view”. To find out more about this beautiful wine estate, definitely one of my favourites, follow this link: live music while you sit and do your tastingImageBergsig offers a unique wine pairing tasting.  They pair wine with soup and to top it off with some chocolate – perfect for the sweet tooth

Botha Cellar

Situated in the Breedkloof Wine Valley, they have multiple wines for sale and they welcome all for a tasting.  For more information: ImageImageImageThey had lovely homemade rusks and biscuits for saleImageBusy with a pot of warm country soup


Deetlefs is the 3rd oldest wine estate in South Africa and is about 100km from Cape Town on your way into Rawsonville.  They have a wide variety of red and white wine and even has a Mountain Bike route you can do if you’re into cycling.  For more information on Deetlefs: the different mountain bike routes

Du Toitskloof Wine Estate

“Tucked away in a corner of the great Breede River valley, we create our wines in the clear mountain air from healthy, slow-ripening grapes. They offer some of the best value money can buy. Year after year.”

Du Toitskloof Winery is situated just off the N1 on the R101 to Rawsonville, you will find Du Toitskloof on your way to Deetlefs Wine Estate.  To find out more about their wines, go to:

I absolutely love their Sauvignon Blanc, it’s just so refreshing for a nice warm summersday.ImageImageImageImageImage


The Goudini Valley in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, is only 100 kilometers from Cape Town,  enclosed by the Du Toit’s and Slanghoek mountains on one side and the Breede River on the other.  It has beautiful views of the wine lands and hosts lovely wines.  For more on Goudini Wines:

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar is tucked away in the heart of the Boland at the foot of the Slanghoek Mountains. You will have the most beautiful mountain and panoramic views all around.

You can visit Jason’s Hill for Wine tasting, breakfast & lunch, hiking, to have some beauty therapy and also as a wedding venue.  For more information visit their website:

ImageImageImageImageBottomless Coffee provided us with the most amazing music and really set the tone.  With them singing in the background, one really wanted to stay there the whole day.  Jason’s Hill was definitely my favourite for the day!  Will definitely make a return visit to Jason’s Hill.ImageImageImage

Kirabo Private Cellar

Kirabo Private Cellar is a legacy with a new story situated in the picturesque Breedekloof Valley in Rawsonville.  They have Cupcake wine with which they made the most divine Red Velvet Cupcakes.  For more information on Kirabo: things that should always go hand in hand.  With faith comes joy.ImageKirabo cupcake wine with their Red Velvet Cupcakes.


What a romantic and beautiful cellar.  Perfect for any wedding or private function and their wines are really good.  We were fortunate to have the wine tasting in the wine cellar surrounded by the lirical sounds of blues in the background with lanterns hanging everywhere in the cellar.  Really a lovely wine farm to visit.  Merwida is situated just outside Rawsonville.  For more information on their wine tasting and venue hire:

Slanghoek Valley – beautiful and picturesqueImageImageLocals playing soccer on a Saturday afternoon with a beautiful mountainous backdrop

Du Toitskloof Pass

The Du Toitskloof pass is absolutely breathtaking.  Should you have time and you are looking to have a scenic drive, skip the Hugenot Tunnel and take the Du Toitskloof Pass.  You will see the most amazing mountains, waterfalls and maybe even some baboons.ImageImageImageThe Du Toitskloof Tunnel



Newlands Forest – Cape Town

Newlands Forest is a conservancy area on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, beside the suburb of Newlands, Cape Town. It is owned and maintained by the Table Mountain National Parks Board, along with the City Parks Department of Cape Town, and includes a Fire Station, Nursery and Reservoir.

The forest itself is a popular walking and jogging destination, close and easily accessible from the city’s southern suburbs. Due to its location on the mountain slopes, there are impressive views eastward over the Cape Flats.

Newlands Forest is just off the M3 in Cape Town.  It’s a beautiful forest nestled in the hustle and bustle of city life.  So if you feel like getting away from the busy city life, whether it’s going for a nice family walk, trail running, hiking or taking the dogs for a run or walk, this is the perfect place.  There are loads of pathways, so you can choose whether you want to be adventurous and explore all the little rivers and bridges or whether you just wanted to get the dogs out of the house for a nice afternoon out.  It is imperative to take poo bags with you and to clean up after your dog.  The forest is full of doggie poo bins to make it easy for you to dispose of the bag with poo.  ImageAbandoned old building – beautiful for photosImage


ImagePatches loving the walk in Newlands Forest – he was exploring everythingImage


ImageLooks like an old broken down shed in the middle of the forestImageDoggie Poo Bin – this is the place to dispose of your dog’s pooImageWhat looks like parts of a broken down shed, full of GrafitiImageSigns are up in the Forest to remind dog owners to have their dogs on their leashes and to pick up their poo.ImageOne of many little streams and rivers in Newlands ForestImageEven Scruffy enjoyed a nice walk in the ForestImage


ImageOne of many walk ways in Newlands ForestImage

Newlands Forest is suitable to walk and sit somewhere and have a picnic.  The scenery is beautiful, it’s quiet and serene.  The perfect break away from the rush of every day life.