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Just outside the popular tourist towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, both famous for their superior wines and fascinating histories, lies the little village of Simondium. In effect, it forms a triangle with these other two, larger hubs, right in the heart of the Cape Winelands of the Western Cape Province. Although tiny, its prime positioning, beautiful surrounds and excellent wines have established Simondium, putting it on the wine country map. Every year, this little hamlet welcomes visitors from all over the world into its hospitable borders. Touring the wine farms of Simondium not only allows visitors an opportunity to sample some world-class flavours, but also ... more

Things to Do in Simondium

Things to Do in Simondium

Simondium is a little hamlet, barely more than a suburb. However, it remains one of the constituents of the world-renowned Cape Winelands. As such, it welcomes many tourists – both from around South Africa and abroad – to enjoy its scenic backdrops and explore its many hidden gems. Being as centrally situated as it is, Simondium benefits from the many attractions and activities of the larger towns around it such as Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Due to its positioning, encircled by the lush green mountains of the Cape, Simondium can become extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. Therefore, the best times to visit for those that want to hike, walk or cycle would be in spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May). Continue reading

Cape Wine Estates

Cape Wine Estates™, a premium online travel resource for South Africa, has launched yet another feature to cater to the growing needs of the local and international tourist market. Easy-to-use maps of the wine regions (including the Cape Winelands, Karoo, Northern Cape, etc…) now feature on the website, and allow those planning a visit to the country to plot their route and explore the various estates from the comfort of their home.

The maps are detailed, with icons indicating which farms are open to the public and which are open by appointment only, or not at all. Each icon is clickable, taking the user to a page dedicated to that specific wine farm. This page includes all of the contact details, the address, opening hours and a description of the estate and its facilities. Most also contain information on available tours and tastings. Continue reading