AYAMA WINES, AN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN EXPERIENCE RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEP
- By Tony Ward
I recently had the great pleasure of spending a day at the Ayama wines, located on the historic Slent farm.
The literal translation of Ayama is ‘Someone/thing to lean on’. So, if one takes this quite literally, I guess that the Ayama wine farm is to be relied upon. Nice!
The Italian owners of this 200-hectare farm in the Paardeberg region of Cape Town are Michaela and Attilio Dalpaiz. They relocated to South Africa from Northern Italy just over ten years ago, as with so many visitors to these shores (myself included) after a holiday trip.
The Paardeberg region and mountains are situated in a very fertile valley between Cape Town, Wellington and Paarl and are perfect for growing vines and olives in particular. The farm produces four different types of olives: Mission, Farantoio, Leccino and Coratina. All are superb and perfect for daily use as well as speciality tastes for your salads.
Ayama wines grow Pinotage, Shiraz, Chenin blanc and Viognier grapes. From these varietals, they create the most wonderfully delicious wines.
Four years ago, Ayama introduced a Sardinian varietal know as Vermentino. Ayama was the very first to introduce this grape to South Africa. They planted approximately two hectares with amazing success and the resulting wine is truly exceptional.
As if this were not enough to keep themselves and their numerous local employees busy, aubergine, wheat, artichokes and garlic are now thriving and making Ayama a very worthwhile place to visit.
Ayama also offers excellent accommodation in the Manor house as well as the Rock House with breakfast included. Lunch and dinner can be added with prior arrangement.
There are numerous events planned at Ayama over the coming months. Starting with the Italian lunch and wine tasting on the 27th January 2019, followed by a superb supper evening for Valentine’s day and an April Pizza market day. I am hoping that eventually there will be Italian cooking weekends available ……. Bellissima!?
You can contact Ayama on 021 869 8313 as well as via their website: ayama.co.za