Idiom’s wine-tasting centre a style sensation

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Images courtesy of Idiom Restaurant & Wine-Tasting Centre

The Bottega family has taken South African wine destinations to new heights with the Idiom Restaurant & Wine Tasting Centre at the home of their award-winning Idiom wines.

The mountainous location, which is situated on the outskirts of Somerset West near Sir Lowry’s Pass, boasts breathtaking views of the Helderberg basin and the Cape Peninsula.

With scenic views and an iconic location, Idiom’s building had a lot to live up to – and architect Thomas Leach ensured that it did. Bringing to life the visions of Idiom owner Alberto Bottega and his son, Roberto, Leach created a visual masterpiece to match Idiom’s granite-textured setting. Combining the classic vineyard manor feel with an impactful modern edge, the property fuses style with practicality.

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“It fuses Old World, classically-styled Roman arches and stone porticos with a New World timber pavilion and concrete wine-tasting cube to impart a contemporary yet timeless feel,” says Leach.

With 360° views of Idiom’s vineyards, arches made from local stone quarried on the farm and classic wooden beams, the structure is a modern ode to nature.

“The concept at Idiom was to achieve a dialogue between the modern and traditional, bringing together our family’s South African and Italian heritage,” says Roberto Bottega. “The arched porticos and stone viewing tower offer subtle reminders of our Italian heritage, while the concrete, glass and timber structure reflect our South African roots. The fusion of styles means that the building constantly surprises and looks different from every angle.”

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The venue is set to open in June and will offer a combination of South African and Italian cuisine, paired with Idiom’s extensive wine list. With the restaurant’s seasonal a la carte menu, wine tastings and a more casual Deli menu, everyone’s tastebuds will be satisfied.

For more information on Idiom, visit their website. For wine-tastings and restaurant reservations, call 021 204 1059.

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