The annual Goatshed Dinners have returned in 2021 and on 30 July we’re hosting our Homtini Italian Dinner!
A four-course menu brimming with flavours from all corners of the Boot, expertly constructed by Goatshed Chef SJ Nel. This year we’re also happy to welcome charcutier extraordinaire Neil Jewell to the evening whose charcuterie has been added to the menu.
Homtini translates as a ‘difficult passage’ in the long-forgotten Khoi language. The Homtini pass, near Knysna, winds its way through indigenous forests. This was once the home of our winemaker, Anthony de Jager’s Italian ancestors, the Rabbolinis, who were silk farmers from Northern Italy. They immigrated to South Africa under the misconception that mulberry trees grew in abundance. On arrival they discovered that no mulberry trees existed, but through tenacity and hard work, they tamed the land and ultimately prospered in other trades, including wine-making.
The wine is a Tuscan-style blend of Italian variety Sangiovese, integrated with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine is crafted to go perfectly with Italian-style dishes, such as tomato-based pastas, bread, cheeses, charcuterie and braised red meats!