Dine with Nguni cattle at Vergelegen Wine Estate this Women’s Month

Vergelegen Wine Estate’s innovative culinary team is offering lovers of gourmet hot dogs something truly different. Head to Somerset West this Women’s Month and experience relaxed outdoor eating in the scenic surroundings of Vergelegen’s Nguni cattle pastures.


Visitors to Vergelegen’s Nguni Pop-up Café are in for an Instagram-worthy treat – enjoy your honest-to-goodness alfresco hot dog in the presence of a vast herd of indigenous, multi-coloured Nguni cattle. There are dozens of adorable calves, too!  

“Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s latest announcement, we’re celebrating that we can welcome sit-down guests and offer on-site wine consumption yet again. We’ve decided to make the most of this great news and our fantastic outdoor setting. Guests can enjoy delicious made-to-order food, drink in the views, and relax in a one-of-a-kind rustic environment while remaining socially distanced,” says Vergelegen MD Wayne Coetzer.  

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Vergelegen executive chef Michael Cooke with a selection of gourmet hot dogs. Pictures supplied

Guests can choose between two seating options: a vast glass conservatory, stylishly bedecked with greenery and soft furnishings, or an outdoor grass-covered deck. The cattle graze and tend to their calves around the conservatory, which offers stunning views of the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains. Laid-back country moo-sic adds to the rustic vibe.

Michael Cooke, Vergelegen executive chef, has developed a choice of Asian, German and French-style toppings for the beef, pork or vegetarian hot dogs. “The Asian hot dog offers topping ingredients such as slaw, Japanese-style mayonnaise and nori seaweed; German-inspired toppings include mustard, sauerkraut and pickles; and French-style toppings incorporate truffle aioli, Comté cows’ milk cheese and bacon bits. You can order fries with mayonnaise on the side, and we’ve also developed the ultimate chocolate éclair with a milk tart filling,” says Cooke.

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Good to know

Vergelegen’s Nguni Pop-up Café is open this August from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10:00-17:00. Send an email to info@vergelegen.co.za for more information or call +27 (0)21 847 2100.

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