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
The temptation to play with the word ‘fair’ when applied to Fairview Wine Estate is great – it more than lives up to its name. The Wine and Cheese farm, just off Suid-Agter Paarl Road, lies in one of the ‘fairest’ settings possible, set behind Paarl’s ubiquitous ‘rock’, its parking area littered with pretty, shady trees and its entrance utterly dominated by a fairly ingenious tower complete with spiral staircase, featuring three of their Swiss Saanen goats – that on this particular Sunday, looked very much the way I felt, considering it was probably 40 degrees in the shade, of which there was not much in their domain … 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
OK, its not in the Winelands, but we felt it was worth including as the region produces some of the finest wines imaginable …
Walker Bay, a 45 minute drive from Cape Town, has become a fashionable region to visit, particularly with the establishment of over a dozen wineries in and around Hermanus, already popular for its whale spotting between June and November. The Hemel-en-Aarde (heaven and earth) Valley, just behind Hermanus, has become part of a popular wine farm meander and is definitely worth a visit. Grapes grown in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are influenced by the cold Atlantic Ocean and the temperate conditions and clayey soil produce wines similar to those of Northern France. Continue reading
Experience the ideal lunch or dinner on the verandah at Diemersfontein Country House. The chef will delight your senses with his creative cooking; he combines excellent food with Diemersfontein´s award winning wines. Open daily but reservations are essential. Continue reading