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.
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.
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.
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.
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.