Richard Holmes pays a visit to Festa, a quirky winelands spot on the Kleinevalleij Estate in Wellington.
If you can’t find anything you like on the wide-ranging menu at Festa then perhaps you’re better off staying at home. This quirky winelands spot promises a homely ‘huis kombuis’ and lives up to it with generous portions of comfort food. The menu changes with the seasons, but expect anything from fragrant bobotie right through to straight-up fillet and chips, or a succulent handmade hamburger. Toasted bruschetta and a range of sourdough sandwiches are perfect if you’re after a lighter meal, as are the pizzas (also available with gluten-free base). The tapas platter for two is another fine choice if you just need a nibble in between wine tastings.
The wine list is focused on local estates, including nearby Bovlei. You’ll also find excellent craft beers and a range of soft options, including retro-favourite Bashews.
Staff are friendly, helpful and always happy to recommend restaurant favourites.
Festa has a quirky, colourful eclectic interior with everything from tasselled lamps to a suspended piano to catch your eye. The cosy couches on the veranda are perfect for lazy afternoons, and boast wonderful vineyard views.
Stop in at Festa se Goeters shop for a selection of homemade preserves, pottery and general knickknacks.