The Cape Winelands are, as their name implies, famous for the wines that are produced in this picturesque part of the Western Cape. However, the region boasts a number of other wonderful industries and features, not least of all the cheeses that make for excellent accompaniments to the fine cuisine and excellent wines of the area. So once you’ve booked you accommodation in the Winelands, explore the estates that offer cheese and wine pairing.
Cheese makers in the Cape Winelands are renowned for their fantastic, unique approach to making humble favourites and extravagantly modern varieties alike. The ready availability of fresh ingredients and the international vibe of the Western Cape combine to ensure that this is a veritable hotspot for all things delicious … Continue reading
SA-Venues.com™, 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
Franschhoek Rond en Bont is a community tourism route that showcases the fascinating history and culture of this part of South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The goal of this very special route is to expose the diversity of the community of this picturesque valley and to share a glimpse into their lives and loves. Continue reading
The town of Paarl is literally on my doorstep. I’ve driven past it on the N1 numerous times and yet not visited. But this weekend was an exception. I needed to right a wrong and take a look at a town that more than met my expectations and, in fact, left me spellbound by its gorgeous architecture, history, perpetual vistas of vineyards, and quaintness. Continue reading
Bikes ‘n Wines is a novel and exciting approach to Winelands Tourism that appeals to the young-spirited seeking an off-the-beaten-track experience. Explore several superb estates of the Stellenbosch Winelands, situated 50 kilometres outside of Cape Town, through the use of ‘slow tourism’.
The full day tour begins by meeting our guides at a café on the famed Long Street in the city centre of Cape Town, followed by a brief historic walk down through the picturesque Company Gardens to central station at the bottom of town. Board the local trains in first class here and begin the journey to the Stellenbosch Winelands. Continue reading