The birth of the South African wine industry was in the Cape with the Constantia valley in Cape Town being the cradle of the wine industry and boasting the oldest wine farm in South Africa.

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Think The Shire with a modern-day twist and you may come close to the boutique wine farm that is Beau Constantia. Close, but not quite on the money, because chances are you have never experienced a wine tasting in a venue quite like it. A rolling green embankment is the first thing you see as you walk down from the…

Less than an hour from Cape Town lies Paarl, the pearl of the Western Cape. An area steeped in the country’s history, Paarl is the third oldest settlement in South Africa and has a rich cultural heritage. The town has many examples of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch buildings along Main Street as well as a number of restaurants…

One of the oldest areas in Cape Town, and South Africa, Constantia doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. From the incredible wine farms, to the unrivalled beauty of the valley, as a whole, Constantia has a story to tell. Right on the city’s doorstep, the Constantia Valley is home to some of the oldest and most prestigious farms in…

If you’re looking for break with the youngsters and don’t want to lose out on quality and experience, Spier Wine Farm should be one of your first stops. My four-year-old son is looking more serious than usual as he eyes the glass of red liquid in front of him. He raises it to his lips, takes a sip and swallows.

I was looking for some romantic activities to do in Stellenbosch and one of the suggested activities was a wine safari with Jordan Wine Estate. And it turned out to be well worth the excitement. The first thing I noticed about the estate when we got there was the tranquillity of it. You’re greeted with lush lawns and shady settings…

March 19 2018

Durbanville is not your average Cape Town neighbourhood. There is so much more going on than the daily school run. This is a neighbourhood filled with great experiences for everyone to enjoy. Distance from Cape Town to Durbanville: 29,4 km (around 30 minutes) WHERE TO EAT AND MAKE MERRY: RESTAURANTS AND BARS THE DURBANVILLE WINE ROUTE Exploring the wine…

March 19 2018

One of the oldest areas in Cape Town, and South Africa, Constantia doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. From the incredible wine farms, to the unrivalled beauty of the valley as a whole, Constantia has a story to tell. Distance from Cape Town to Constantia: 18.3km (around 25 minutes) WHERE TO EAT AND MAKE MERRY: RESTAURANTS AND BARS:…

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is not only one of the most beautiful farms in the country, boasting a world-class hotel, two fantastic restaurants, an excellent conferencing centre and award-winning wines, it also leads the way in terms of sustainable and ethical farming. There was a time when Spier was considered to be a little too commercial. But the…

Franschhoek is highly regarded for its wines – particularly MCCs, or Methode Cap Classique, of which there are 17 producers in the valley – and its food, boasting some of the best restaurants in the Western Cape. Combined with its exquisite natural beauty, no wonder it is a preferred destination for weddings. The quaint village is filled with pavement cafes,…

Cape Town and surrounds have such an incredible offering of wines that just looking at it can be quite overwhelming. We decided to put together a list of our favourites to help you enjoy the best the region has to offer. Of course all these wineries offer spectacular wines, but these are my favourites to keep your collection fresh and…

Wine tasting is an utterly charming way to pass the weekend. When paired with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture and awe-inspiring food, it becomes one of Cape Town’s most beloved activities for visitors and locals alike. But how to go about getting the absolute most out of your experience? Well, for starters, you can…

Wine and chocolate. What could possibly go wrong? That’s right. Nothing. Nothing could go wrong. In fact, nothing could be more right. Now I have done copious wine tastings and I have partaken in more than a handful of pairing experiences to boot, but the wine and chocolate pairing at Durbanville Hills was my first. It is certainly a good…

Eight Restaurant at the renowned Spier Wine Estate is serving up some of the best farm-to- table dining in the Cape Peninsula. All ingredients and produce are either grown organically on the farm, or sourced from nearby farms with the same principles. For this reason, the menu changes along with the seasons. However, at any time of year, you can ...

Wine lovers from around the world travel far and wide to visit Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate. Here, guests are delighted by cellar and vineyard tours, wine tastings of a number of award-winning wines, a handful of world-class restaurants and the Iziko Museum set up in the historical Manor House.

Spier Wine Estate lies in the heart of the Cape Winelands region and is built using a mix of village-style and Old Cape Dutch architecture. These historic vineyards in Stellenbosch are situated alongside the waters of the Eerste River, creating an idyllic surrounding of beauty and fine vintages.

Spier Wine Estate can be found in the heart of the Cape Winelands, beside a beautiful flowing river and surrounded by verdant vineyards and meadows. It has produced numerous award-winning vintages over the years so you can be sure that you are in for a treat when you decide to visit its picturesque grounds.

Cape Point Vineyards are idyllically set on the slopes overlooking the gorgeous Noordhoek Valley and Atlantic Ocean. Paradisal sunsets are best enjoyed with a picnic on the lush green lawns, and picnic baskets are available from the vineyard. Of course, you’d be a fool to pass up a wine tasting of Cape Point Vineyards’ multi-award winning wines.

Chelaya Country Lodge sits serenely on a 4-hectare estate between Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay. Choose between luxury self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation for groups of 2 to 32 people. Its central location makes it a perfect spot for both personal and corporate getaways.

There is no doubt a trip to the Constantia Valley would be incomplete without a visit to its famous, sweeping vineyards. Boutique Cape wineries are found on its verdant mountain slopes and across its green meadows, offering wine tastings, art exhibitions and live music gigs.

Hunt for genuine, handcrafted gifts and mementos while visiting the charming Country Craft Market, in operation since 1983. The market is located at Southey’s Vines in Somerset West where more than 200 stalls sell their genuine, local and handmade wares in a picturesque park-like setting.

Whether you’re looking for that picture-perfect wedding venue in the Winelands or a professional conference venue, d’Olyfboom Family Estate offers professional accommodation and services from their beautiful estate in Paarl. Set to a backdrop of purple-hued mountains and surrounded by vineyards and historical buildings, d’Olyfboom is a piece of paradise.

De Oude Drostdy is found in the beautiful countryside of Tulbagh, where you are invited to indulge in only the finest wines from the cellar while relaxing on the manor house veranda. Once you’ve finished admiring the gorgeous gardens, you will also be able to visit the intrigue and history of the museum.

The cool sea air that drifts inland from False Bay and Table Bay creates a late afternoon mist over the vineyards in this unique location, yielding favourable conditions for Sauvignon Blanc grapes and a number of other varietals. Only 20km from Cape Town, Durbanville Hills is an ideal site for a wine tasting, excitingly paired with chocolate or biltong.

Leave your modern life, and car, behind when you take a trip on the charming and classic Franschhoek Wine Tram.

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