Strandveld Vineyards vine leaves are ideal for dolmades

Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery in Elim, is known for exceptional cool climate wines, but it would appear that their vine leaves also have what it takes to make delicious handmade dolmades.

Spring is the ideal time to pick vine leaves for this traditional Greek delicacy and Strandveld’s soft, young Pinot noir leaves proved to be the perfect ingredient for Suzán, winemaker Conrad Vlok’s wife who decided to try her hand at this rather adventurous savoury delight. Conrad and his team are only too happy to oblige in picking the leaves for her latest culinary adventure.

“Spring is the perfect time to make dolmades, as this is when the first young leaves emerge on the vines– soft, pliable and easy to use. I definitely recommend the Pinot noir leaves with their ideal curved shape,” says Suzán, who likes to use leftover basmati rather than risotto rice for the filling.

Her dolmades recipe is a great match with a glass of Strandveld Rosé or Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc, so be sure to have a bottle or two ready (order now online here for a 2 day delivery!)  if you are making your own for family and friends.