All vine and dandy for SA’s best-kept dining secret


All vine and dandy for SA’s best-kept dining secret

FREE TO READ | Family-run Abingdon Wine Estate in the KZN Midlands began as ‘a bit of a mad idea, a bit of a midlife crisis’

Sanet Oberholzer

Family-run Abingdon Wine Estate is SA’s best-kept dining secret according to the American Express Dining Awards 2020. The eatery and wine bar in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands was also named one of the top 12 restaurants in the northern, central and eastern region. It is known for its gourmet harvest boards and relaxed dining under oak trees.

Jane Smorthwaite and her daughter Laurie Cooper accepted the awards for the farm. “Everything we do – and it sounds cliched – is about the family. The fact that that is now recognised, and people love what we do and they keep coming back, that is all we ever wanted,” said Smorthwaite.

Cooper, who is assistant winemaker at Abingdon, was recently named the Moët & Chandon best young sommelier in SA for 2019. She also founded the KZN School of Wine...

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