The Vineyard Hotel – a day in the life

Vineyard HotelThe Vineyard Hotel, a view from the lawn

The Vineyard Hotel, with its history going back to the beginning of the 19th Century when it was inhabited by Lady Anne Barnard, wife of Andrew Barnard, Colonial Secretary at The Cape of Good Hope, is a busy vibrant hotel owned by The Petousis Family. All manner of activities take place there, it is a special place to visit. And one of the most welcoming – one of the reasons it has so many regular ‘locals’.

Here is the ‘day in the life’ of one of Cape Town’s most charming hotels.

Vineyard The Long CaféThe Long Café

If you are a quick ‘Continental’ breakfast person, The Long Café is the place for you.  Of the finest coffee in town and a brilliant selection of bakes.

Vineyard BreakfastThe Square Breakfast Buffet

Should you prefer a ‘full breakfast’ of the Cooked Eggs, bacon and sausages kind, The Square will provide you with all you desire.

Vineyard Lex Petousis Staff TrainingLex Petousis at a Breakfast Staff Training meeting

Meantime things are going on and people are getting busy. CEO Lex Petousis, of the family which owns the hotel is busy with staff training.

Vineyard Chefs Luvuyo & GabriellaVineyard Hotel Sous Chef Luvuyo & Pastry Chef Gabrielle

Chefs Luvuyo and Gabrielle set off for a Food Show where they will demonstrate some of the hotel’s delicacies to the visitors.

Vineyard The Garden LoungeThe Garden Lounge

If it’s Monday, it’s Sip & Sample day where complimentary producer led wine tastings take place in the Garden Lounge from 18h00.  Certainly a way to meet a range of wines you would normally not have the opportunity to taste.  And the added bonus of having someone from the producer being there to answer your questions.

Vineyard The SquareThe Square

At lunch time there are two options, one is The Square where an a la carte menu is presented and you would find a dish like this.

Vineyard Square FishFresh Cape Fish presented in a lattice of courgette at The Square

Regular Wine Dinners are held featuring the wines of a single producer.  Here Roy Davies and Arco Laarman Winemaker at Glen Carlou discussing dishes and choices put forward by Executive Chef Carl van Rooyen for a Glen Carlou Dinner during which Arco will present his wines. These dinners are held once a month.

Vineyard Hotel Menu Testing with GlenCarlouArco Laarman, Glen Carlou Winemaker & Roy Davies The Vineyard’s GM

The Vineyard also serves High Tea each day for which they are renowned.  Executive Chef Carl van Rooyen is seen here talking to presenters on a TV show before filming.

Vineyard Hotel Carl and TVCarl van Rooyen with TV presenters in the Garden

The Garden Lounge which has interior and exterior, and when the weather is good sitting under the trees lunching on possibly the best Fried Hake and Chips in Town, in the company of some of the hotel’s more renowned guests, the tortoises.

Vineyard TortoiseThe Hotel has a fleet of large tortoises

Things to do before you leave? Do have a look at the hotel’s Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard down on the bank of the Liesbeeck River. Each year one of the Vineyard’s 5 Wine Partners makes the wine from this vineyard.  This year Kevin Arnold from Waterford Estate is making the wine.

Vineyard Nora Ratcliffe & Roy DaviesNorma Ratcliffe of Warwick Estate, renowned South African Winemaker,
and a Vineyard Partner with Roy Davies in The Vineyard vineyard

Kitty Petousis, The Vineyard Hotel Owner picking grapes in the hotel's second harvest. The wine is to be made by Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.The late Kitty Petousis helped in previous harvests

The Vineyard is also decorated with some amazing panels by Esias Bosch, well known South African Ceramicist and friend of the Petousis Family.  Well worth taking a stroll round the passages to see these.

Bosch Ceramic Panel One of the enchanting Bosch Panels

A busy vibrant yet peaceful oasis in the heart of the suburbs.

Oh, and the view of the Table Mountain Massif is spectacular.

Vineyard View from Conference CentrePicture taken from the top floor of the Conference Centre
overlooking the Hotel’s Pool

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