Ashton’s Zandvliet Wine Estate opened a new tasting room, just ahead of the summer holidays, called Kalkveld Lounge. Inspired by their flagship wine, Kalkveld Shiraz, the tasting room is intricately designed. “The opening of the Kalkveld Lounge is the first stage of a comprehensive re-design of the area surrounding the historic Cape Dutch homestead (this gabled architectural style is quite unique for this area),” says winemaker Jacques Cilliers. “The expansion will further include 4-star accommodation, a restaurant, and conference facilities – all elements sure to lure locals, tourists, corporates and couples planning the perfect wedding.”

Interior designer Philip Pikus of Cape Town was contracted to handle the aesthetics. “The main inspiration behind the Kalkveld Lounge lies in the Zandvliet Estate itself,” he says.  “I wanted to take the concept of a working farm and integrate that into the interior with elements of old and new in perfect harmony to produce an atmosphere of understated luxury.” Pikus’s approach to design resonates with Zandvliet’s passion to celebrate local talent. “I am all about sourcing responsibly, ethically and locally and I’m really excited that everything you will see there is proudly made in South Africa.”

For more information, visit or contact the Kalkveld Lounge at Tel 023 615 1146.

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