LOCATION: Atydgedacht Wine Estate, Tygerberg
LEADER: Janine de Waal, Jean Parker
We visit Vernac stalwart, Jean Parker, at her farm Altydgedacht Wine Estate located on Tygerberg’s fertile slopes, which has been owned by the Parker family since 1851.
On arrival, we’ll honour Jean’s helming hands over celebratory morning refreshments, before being shown around the farm by Janine de Waal, an architect who had done extensive research on this farm for her M.Phil Conservation of the Built Environment, which she’s currently completing.
It’s one of the oldest wine farms in the Durbanville region. In 1698 the farm, then known as De Tijgerbergen, was granted to a widow, Elsje van Suurwaarden. In 1832 the name was changed to AltoosGedaght (Altydgedacht).
The agricultural buildings consist of a wine cellar, old stables, storage and workshop areas, while the remaining buildings are residential.
Built in 1702 the unique working wine cellar is listed by the Durbanville Heritage Society (DHS).
We’ll hear from Dr Nico Walters, a social historian and DHS founder member, who’ll share insights and nuggets from his forthcoming book on the farm.
We plan a relaxed but informative day, mixing input on the farm’s history with anecdotes of its people plus exploration of its buildings.
After lunch in Jean’s garden we’ll be driven over the property in tractor-trailer mode courtesy her sons, to see for ourselves its geographical origins and to comprehend its current threats. (Weather permitting).
Bring out your Persian rugs, silver goblets & finest fare to celebrate 50 years of picnic lunch tradition!