Cape Winelands: Alternative activities to try this summer

2017-10-26 20:00 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town - With summer around the corner, the Cape Winelands is the ideal spot to head to for some festive activities. The rolling hills of the Cape Winelands have more to offer than their delectable wines.

READ: 10 Wine festivals worth travelling for in celebration of SA's wine heritage 

Rolling into the months of sunshine, we have found interesting and alternative activities to get up to at some popular vineyards across the Cape. There is more to sipping the nectar of the gods at these wineries and we have the details for you. 

Cape Winelands

FOOD

1. Babylonstoren Winery

Activity: Indigenous succulents 

The succulent wealth of South Africa is world famous: 35 plant families, varying from dwarf stone-plants a few centimetres tall to the gigantic baobab, the largest on earth. Click here for more detail

Date: 6 December 2017

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Cost: R600 per person.

2.  Fairview

Activity: Goat yoga

Experience Africa's first ever goat yoag at Fairview - a relaxing expereince of finding your zen while enjoying the company of the cutest baby goats. The yoga class is led by Raine Dunn of Body Poetry and the event will run every Saturday and Sunday. There are only 30 spaces per session and a mat is available for rent at an additional cost of R10. 

Date: October - December 2017

Time: 09:00 - 10:00

Cost: R100 per person

Booking is essential and spaces are limited. 


3. Waverely Hills estate

Activity: Restaurant delicacies

Enjoy the delicious and new fusion menu at the Waverely Hills restaurant. The flavours are a mix of homegrown traditions and modern textures, from pampoen koekies to Asian prawn curry served with oriental rice pilaf. Waverely Hills has a large open garden for the kids to frolic about and take in some sun.

Date: Dinner is every Wednesday and Friday

Time: 18:30 – 22:00

Cost: R270 – R350 per person

Pecan Nut Caramel Pie for the weekend. #waverleyhills #wolseleyza #pecanpie #caramel #tart #pecannuts #pecan #nuts

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ALTERNATIVE TASTING

1. Signal Gun

Activity: Beer and biltong pairing

Enjoy a different sort of pairing at the Signal Gun Durbanville winery – biltong and beer paired to perfection. The Signal Gun has its very own 300-year-old canon that fires off on the first Saturday of every month, starting the month with a bang!

Date: Tuesday – Thursday, Friday – Saturday

Time: 10:00 - 17:00, 10:00 – 18:00

Cost: R60 per person

#beertasting ?? #winetasting ?? #signalgunwines #womansday ??

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2. Vergenoegd Low Wine estate

Activity: Tea, coffee or olive oil blending

Understand the aromas and flavours of olive oil, coffee or tea at the blending sessions offered at Vergenoegd. The blending session allows you the chance to create personal designed goods and is kept in the library allowing it to be ordered again.

Date: Monday – Sunday.

Time: Olive oil blending 10:30 – 13:30, Coffee and tea blending 09:00 – 16:00

Cost: R200 per person, inclusive of a personally guided lesson and a package to take home.


3. Morgenster 

Activity: Olive oil tasting

A thriving wine and olive farm since 1711 - located a mere 35 minutes out of Cape Town – producing some of the best olive oil. The tasting is inclusive of five olive oils, balsamic vinegar, olive pastes, and olives.

Date: Monday – Sunday

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Cost: R40 per person

Great weekend photo by @tanyaemilys #oliveoil #wine #spring

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READ: Wine worth travelling for: 16 Winelands experiences to try 

ACTIVE

1. Franschhoek Winelands

Activity: Scootours – The family tour

Roll through the hills of the vineyards on a Scootour as you free-wheel down the slopes. This activity allows you to enjoy the picturesque views of Franschhoek vineyards. There is a trained guide to assist you during the trip.

Date: Monday – Sunday, check availability here.

Time: 09:00 – 16:30

Cost: R490 per adult, R270 per child.


ART

1.  Spier Wine farm

Activity: The Spier art collection 

The glorious Spier Wine farm hosts the largest contemporary South African art collection. Each space is littered with art against the backdrop of Cape Dutch buildings. The art on display is of emerging and established artists.

A small part of #spierarts ?? @thelionandthelady #unlockspier

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