The Museum van de Caab tells the story of Delta farm, a story that is typical of so many of the old farms in the Drakenstein Valley. At the Museum, we try to tell this story through the subjective viewpoints of individual people – which is the defining philosophy behind the Museum.

The Museum van de Caab at Solms-Delta Wine Estate showcases the social history of wine farming through time. The individual stories of the people who lived

From its name, which honours the farm’s slave heritage, to the fascinating display, the emphasis of the Museum van de Caab is on the individual people who lived and worked on the farm, from pre-colonial times to the present. One of the walls is covered by 200 stone plaques, each memorializing an individual life given to the farm through slavery.

Solms-Delta, a Franschhoek wine estate in the Cape Winelands, is steeped in a rich cultural history, the heritage of which can be explored at the museum on the

The social history of the 320-year-old estate is displayed in a museum in the original wine cellar, dating back to 1740. This is a few yards from a recently excavated Later Stone Age settlement site, and the exposed foundations of a 1680s hunting lodge, one of the oldest buildings in the Cape.

Solms-Delta, a Franschhoek wine estate in the Cape Winelands, is steeped in a rich cultural history, the heritage of which can be explored at the museum on the

It has been argued that communities sometimes look to museums as places in which their identity is articulated. As a result museums have the responsibility of ensuring that exhibitions depict history and culture in a dynamic way. Museums are increasingly asked to ensure that their displays ‘resonate with contemporary issues and present-day realities‘. One way of achieving this is to represent communities from the past and present as changing, non-static entities.

The Museum van de Caab at Solms-Delta Wine Estate showcases the social history of wine farming through time.

The value of the personal voices and human dramas of the people who lived at Delta is that they can be used to create a realistic, complex and sometimes contradictory picture of the past. This allows visitors to the Museum van de Caab to form their own opinions about what happened, to decide how they feel about certain events or agents, and to relate aspects of these stories to their own lives.

The Museum van de Caab at Solms-Delta Wine Estate showcases the social history of wine farming through time. The individual stories of the people who lived

One of the main aims of the Museum van de Caab is to research the social and cultural heritage of the Solms-Delta estate and surrounding region, highlighting the often silent and marginalized voices, alongside the dominant narratives, that together contributed to making South Africa what it is today.

The history and genealogy of the Families van de Caab of Solms-Delta, a Franschhoek wine estate in the Cape Winelands, producing wine blends in various

It has always been an important part of the Solms-Delta ethos to uncover and celebrate all the voices and influences that have had a role to play in making this farm’s history what it is – whether they are settler, slave, indigenous inhabitant or present day farm resident.

Archaeology at Solms Delta It has always been an important part of the Solms-Delta ethos to uncover and celebrate all the voices and influences that have had a


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History, Archeology & Wine    Enjoy a guided tour through our museum that tells the story of Delta farm starting from the very beginnings of human settlement, through pre-colonial pastoral usage of the land, the establishment of private ownership through colonial viticulture, the scars left by slavery and apartheid, and beyond, to the establishment of a democratic South Africa and our hopes for the future.

Enjoy a Archeology and Wine tour at the Solms-Delta Estate in Franschhoek with a guided tour featuring Archeology and Solms-Delta wines

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It might come as a surprise that Franschhoek — the “French Corner” of the Cape Winelands also known as South Africa’s culinary capital  –  offers more than bouillabaisse and coq au vin.  Rather than turning to Europe for inspiration, 31-year-old Shaun Schoeman, who is the head chef at Solms-Delta’s Fyndraai Restaurant, is looking towards his own heritage for dishes that speak the rich languages of South Africa.

Shaun Schoeman is the Fyndraai Restaurant chef at Solms-Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek, the culinary capital of the Wine Route in South Africa

For those wishing to picnic in the Cape winelands, the estate offers appetising picnic baskets from Fyndraai restaurant for R135 per person with delicious vegetarian options. Contents typically include basil pesto marinated farm vegetables with chive crème fraiche; bacon and onion potato slaai with vinaigrette; smoked Franschhoek trout with caper berries and fresh cream, and chicken tandoori with cucumber and honey mustard yoghurt.

Fyndraai Restaurant is situated on Solms-Delta Wine Estate and offers visitors the experience to taste traditional Cape cuisine in Franschhoek

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