RiverGold has the unique appeal of the simple farm environment and atmosphere being captured and amalgamated with the contemporary finesse of modern life.
The architect and interior designer set out to capture the essence of the 19th century farm house and cellar, repurposing it for its modern vision.
They have sculpted the infrastructure of the antique concrete cellar vats into a unique tasting environment with booth seats filling two vintage vats and another three underground vats transformed into tasting and wine display areas with glass ceilings.
The high ceilings of the cellar with its bold exposed timber truss work are refined by hanging crystal chandeliers and a 6 meter yellow wood table. A ‘living picture’ window on the east end of the cellar beckons one to experience the beauty of the Bonnievale Valley back dropped by the Langeberg Mountains. To the south doors open onto raised decks overlooking landscaped picnic areas around the farm dam. The 32km long water canal meanders through the farm in front of the cellar. Water is heard flowing into the dam which has been designed to be part of the garden and where black bass and grass carp can be seen swimming.
The beautiful old house has been transformed into a Functions venue and Conference hall.
The oregan pine attic floor and beams have been given a new lease on life being reconstituted into structured multi-level feature wall panelling and partitioning in the toilets. Floor to ceiling frosted glass doors add elegance to this wood from another century. Two sets of folding stacking doors on the opposite long walls of the venue open up onto a timber deck back dropped with luscious gardens and fountains which triple the floor area of the venue and bring nature in.
Combined with a multitude of accent lights and modern chandeliers, is a large screen TV and an integrated audio system to complement any function requirements.
The Functions Venue has views over the gardens, vineyards and valley with the poetic sound of water running. The newly fitted industrial kitchen will cope with the demands of the functions venue.
The RiverGold experience is captured by the clipping sound of farm workers pruning vines in the fresh winter morning air, to the sweet smell of a tractor and trailer laden with freshly picked grapes rattling down the farm road en route to the cellar. The majestic call of the fish eagle flying high over the valley and settling in the massive blue gum trees that line the river banks of the Breede River are unforgettable mind marks of farm life.
The lower edge of the farm borders on the Breede river which has river sand, ideal for the growing of white grapes. It is in this area that the Sauvignon Blanc is planted.