Wine worth travelling for: 16 Winelands experiences to try

2017-05-28 19:35
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It's winter in South Africa and one of the definitive heritage spots where this season really comes alive is the Winelands in the Western Cape.

Here are some suggestions worth checking out over the next few months. 

Wellington has the perfect mix of farm-style flair and old European poise. Different to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, where it's not hard to imagine yourself in an old European town in France at any given day, Wellington is unmistakably South African - complete with gumboot wearing farmers and a massive party barn called Die Watergat. 

SEE: Find your winter escape at Robertson's Wacky Wine

#WinterEscape: Experience the flavours of Paarl

Hearty meals, red wine, fireplaces and family time; Paarl offers flavours and experiences to feed your soul and keep you warm this winter.

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Walking the streets of Stellenbosch

Stop in at the Love Wine Studio and the Blue Crane Coffe Co while taking in the beautiful street art and the more than pleasant winter vibes.

Vaal River luxury: Create your own Winelands escape in Gauteng this winter

Though the annual Vaal River Meander Wine Route is already celebrating its 14th event this year, many South Africans know nothing about it.

SEE: 14 Winter festivals happening around SA

Winter menu at Kleine Zalze's award-winning Terroir

Terroir's Winter plates is a fine celebration of the season. Open since 2004, this low-key restaurant found on Kleine Zalze, a family owned wine farm in Stellenbosch, is a sincere reflection of the food philosophy and style of chef Michael Broughton and his team. 

Secret Getaway: Shhh! Here's the lowdown

Getting away from the buzz of the city and relaxing with family in a beautiful secret retreat sounds perfect, doesn't it?  Richard Branson's vineyard estate Mont Rochelle have wha they call the Secret Getaway - ideal for a short, spontaneous night away.  

The Small Plate Trend: A winter tasting at Stellenboch's Majeka House

Majeka house in Stellenbosch has just launched its new small plates menu. Chef Lucas Carstens, who took the helm of the Makaron kitchen in 2015, says the small plate tapas-style dining is a trend globally. “The idea here is flexibility, and we want guests to decide for themselves how they discover the menu,” says Carstens. 

Delaire Graff - one of the world’s best places to dine with a view

The exquisite fine-dining sweet spot Delaire Graff Estate, overlooking the Helshoogte Mountains just outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, has been listed as one of the restaurants with the Best Views in the World.  

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Eat, pray, love at the new Bosjes Winelands hideaway

If you're looking to beat the Cape Town craze, you can't ask for a better escape than the Breede River Valley. It is right up there with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch - minus the crowds at certain times. A great starting point to get a feel, taste and idea of this valley is the recently opened Bosjes hideaway.  

Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches

Discover what makes fine country food and slow-crafted wine so special when you book a seat at one of this year’s Pop Up Lunches featuring the Stellenbosch wine route of Bottelary Hills and celebrated, Scotland-born chef George Jardine.  

From Elgin to Elim: Wining in the Overberg

Wine tasting is a favourite Capetonian pastime! Come Sunday and you will see many wine connoisseurs making their way to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia – but wine tasting is not limited to these better-known spots. Next time you head to the Overberg for adventure escapes or whale spotting, bear in mind that the Overberg boasts six distinct wine 'pockets'.

#FranschhoekRetreats: Stay, sip and savour

Wondering where to have your annual winter hibernation? Why no enjoy winter with the ultimate winelands escape at La Petite Ferme, the intimate mountainside estate that overlooks the Franschhoek Valley.

Unusual wine tastings in Robertson

Located in the heart of Robertson, Four Cousins is the perfect place to visit for a day trip from Cape Town. Imagine everything you’ve ever loved on one tray. The fan platter has a red and a rosé from the original range, a snifter of Four Cousins’ marula flavoured cream liqueur and a delightful rosé granita topped with powdered fennel paired with biltong, fudge and chocolate.

Winter feasting at Taste the Helderberg

It’s time to shun the cold of winter and light up at Taste the Helderberg – the sophisticated annual sip-and-snack institution of warm company, levity and gastronomic delight.

Groot Constantia all-inclusive visitor experience

This is the perfect package. One that successfully seduces, not just with a tasting experience, but also with the ambiance to match. Architecture, furnishings, lighting, sound, temperature and kinetics, which combine in different ways to enhance the brand experience of their customers. 

Vegan hunting 101: Foraging for mushrooms at Delheim

Being educated about the edible mushrooms in the Western Cape is like a never-ending gift. But be warned this experience books out fast as it it is limited to just 40 people at a time. 

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