Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm

Cape Winelands

Rooms: 5: 1 queen en-s bath & sh; 2 king en-s sh; 1 king en-s bath & sh; 1 king plus twin bath & sh. All cottages have fully-equipped kitchenettes & let on self-catering basis.

Prices: R425 - R800 pp sharing (self-catering).
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Meals: Self-catering only. 5 mins' drive to McGregor with good restaurants; country restaurant in walking distance.

Directions: Follow the R60 to Robertson. When in Robertson R at main junction (La Verne Wine Boutique on R corner), direction McGregor. Continue for 14km. Tanagra is on R. No gravel rd driving required.

Robert and Anette Rosenbach
Robertson Road, McGregor, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

Tel: (0)23-625-1780
Cell: (0)76-112-5490
Fax: (0)23-625-1847
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On arrival at Tanagra I was met by Robert and Anette… and Jupp, their charismatic dog, who is bound to steal your heart. The first thing that caught my eye is the giant wild fig tree. Not only is it a natural air-conditioner, creating shade and a cool breeze in the burning summer months, but it also provides the name of the farm. Tanagra echoes the Khoisan word for 'shady place'. Robert and Anette have done an incredible job since moving here from Germany in 2009. Not only are they producing their own wine (the Heavenly Chaos is a must... and I don’t mean unfermented grape juice!), but Robert also brought with him a German potstill resembling something of a spaceship. I couldn’t wait to try his selection of grappas or the delicious Lemon Eau de Vie, which is infused with the fruits from a tree in their garden. The surroundings are magnificent and since the property adjoins Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve and is 'cushioned' between the Riviersonderend and the Langeberge mountain ranges, guests are spoilt for choice with bird-watching and nature walks, including the new Tanagra Plant Trail, a meandering 2km walk peppered with interpretive signs detailing 30+ indigenous plants typical of the area. There are four country cottages dotted about for guaranteed privacy. If you really want to get away from it all try Hill Cottage. Just a short drive away through the vineyards it boasts spectacular views of Tanagra and the McGregor Valley. Similarly, the vistas from the eco-friendly and rather spectacular architect's house, Faraway, situated at the most solitary spot of the farm, will leave you spellbound. Luxuriously, both have their own plunge pools.

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Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm
Faraway - eco-friendly new cottage
Faraway bedroom
Faraway cottage - spectacular bath
Faraway - dining room
Hill cottage
Garden cottage
Bottlebrush
Tanagra wines
view from Hill cottage
Tanagra distillery
Loft studio
view on Tanagra
Tanagra birdlife
Evening impressions
The Tanagra Wild Fig Tree

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What to Do in the Area

Tanagra - the ideal destination for the wine and nature lover

Guests can explore the farm (78ha) on various walking/hiking trails (also great for mountainbiking), which can easily be extended into the neighbouring Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve. Recently also a plant trail has been added providing information on plants typical of this part of succulent Karoo. The farm as well as the nature reserve is a great spot for birding -- an absolute birders' delight. Guests at Tanagra are also most welcome to come for a wine- and grappa tasting. Your hosts Robert & Anette will be delighted to introduce you to their boutique winery and the secrets of grappa distilling. The quaint village of McGregor is just round the corner (5 minutes' drive) and apart from a very laid-back village feeling, offers an interesting range of art galleries, a pottery, and a good variety of small and owner-run and really good restaurants so typical of countryside.