Gourmazing New Tastes and Brandy Tasting at Van Ryn’s

It’s very hot lately and one thinks of things to do just to get out of the house and spend sometime with friends or loved ones.   New people have also just moved to Cape Town and are looking forward to exploring this beautiful city.  I visited the Van Ryn’s Distillery last year and also got to do a tour.  This time the Van Ryn’s team invited me to try out their new menu which boasts locally made cured meats and cheeses.

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I took Alex with me and let me tell you we had an amazing afternoon discussing future posts and things to do in Cape Town and Zimbabwe while sipping on some fine brandy and enjoying a delectable lunch.
The new Charcuterie et Fromagerie offering showcases hams, salami, coppa and other meats made by small producers from the Boland and surrounds, as well as a variety of cow and goat’s milk cheeses. While items change regularly so visitors can sample new tastes all the time, they offer a choice of cheese platters, meat platters and combined meat and cheese platters, as well as Van Ryn’s Signature Sandwich featuring roast beef, handmade flatbreads with a variety of toppings, and salads made from the freshest ingredients, to enjoy with the award-winning range of brandies.

Brandy Tasting and Pairing 

We got to try out some of the cocktails which was exactly what the body needed in a hot summer day.  That was followed by a brandy tasting and pairing.   We tasted the Van Ryn’s award winning 12 year old, the smooth on the palate 15 year old and the ultra smooth and velvety 20 year old.

The Food

After the pairing in the tasting lounge we moved and sat outside in the garden under the umbrellas.  Our waiter recommended the meat platter and that the sandwiches on the menu are to die for but we opted for the salads.  I had the Biltong and Pear Salad and Alex had the Smoked Chicken & Fior di Latte Mozzarella Salad.  Both salads came in generous potions.

I have a weakness for anything with chocolate and therefore it should come as no surprise that I had a chocolate cake for dessert.

What we love is that the distillery is next to the train station, therefore, one can just hop on a train with a group of friends and go explore.  It’s a great way to spend a day!  Plus, the items on the menu don’t put too much dent on one’s wallet as their prices vary between R75 and R135 per offering.

The distillery’s summer opening hours are:
Mondays to Fridays:  09:00 – 18:00
Saturdays and public holidays:  09:00 – 16:00
Sundays:  11:00 -16:00 (no tours)

For more info:

Visit the site: http://www.vanryns.co.za/

Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 2 )

  • Flee

    OOOhh Thuli… That salad with Avo and drizzly gooey cheese looks to Die for. The whole outing sounds so phenomenal. And that cake… Evil Evil Evil LOL

    Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Flee,

      Long time! Lovely to see you here! We had an amazing time and the cake is DELISH! 🙂

      Lots of love


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