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Ultimate Guide to the Top Food & Wine Festivals in the Western Cape in 2024

Looking for the best food and wine festivals in the Western Cape in 2024? Diarise these upcoming festivals!

Experience the best of South African food and wine at these upcoming festivals in 2024. Sample some of the country’s finest wine and freshest food, spend a thrilling weekend annerkant die berg, taste cool wines, savour heartwarming food and full-bodied reds in winter, and more. Here’s your list of the top food and wine festivals in the Western Cape in 2024.

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#HappyBirthdaySAWine: Harvest Festivals & Parties in celebration of South African wine

As the only wine-producing country in the world that can pinpoint the exact start of our industry, we’re excited to celebrate the birthday of South African wine on 2 February 2024! “Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes,” Jan van Riebeeck wrote in his diary on 2 February 1659.

A birthday well worth celebrating, the wine industry annually hosts birthday parties and harvest festivals around this time. Here’s a roundup of exciting events to attend in honour of #HappyBirthdaySAWine.

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Amazing Glamping Getaways in the Winelands

If you love being immersed in nature, but still enjoy those small luxuries (like fresh linen and your own loo), glamping is the perfect solution. Don’t worry about pitching tents, setting up a mobile kitchen or dragging along your toolbox with outdoor gadgets – it’s been taken care of.

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Top Winery Art Galleries

‘I paint flowers so they will not die.’ – Frida Kahlo

It’s a completely natural fit, the blending of meticulously curated art with the Cape’s picturesque winelands. Be it perfectly sculpted pieces that add character to landscaped lawns, galleries that showcase the best of the country’s classical artists or a space where contemporary art meets African fusion.

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Mountain biking in the Winelands

The South African winelands is not only set up for wining and dining, it is also the perfect backdrop to explore your adventurous side, with the natural elements and lay of the land providing the perfect network of trails for mountain bikers.

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2023 Cape Winelands bucket list: 20 Things to do

The Cape Winelands, home to some of the most prestigious wineries in the world, is an amazing tourist attraction right on our doorstep. There are gorgeous spots for long, lazy lunches and lavish afternoons of wine tasting. But, more than that, there are unique experiences like vineyard horseback or Segway tours, interactive wine blending experiences, and artisanal markets. Here is your bucket list of activities in the Cape Winelands to check off in 2023.

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Romantic Getaways on 20 Different Wine Routes

Picture this: a bottle of incredible local wine, a sunset over the vineyards and the love of your life by your side.

Quality time away with your partner probably doesn’t happen often, so when it does, make sure it’s a memorable experience. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic and unique getaways across 20 different wine routes in South Africa.

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Easy Winelands hikes for all ages

It is spring at last and the fynbos, the natural vegetation of the Cape, is at its most spectacular with hundreds of species in flower. I have been trying to convince myself that it is time to get moving and shake off those nasty winter wobbly bits.

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Trail Running in the SA Winelands

The Winelands of South Africa are well known for their mountain biking culture, with a huge base of riders and an impressive network of trails cutting through the valleys. But there is also a growing movement of trail runners starting to take advantage of the impressive mountain passes, rolling jeep tracks and challenging technical single-tracks that are found throughout the wine regions.

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Here are some of SA’s favourite wine tasting rooms

Like wine, tasting rooms have their fans. Ask anyone for their favourite and you’ve launched a debate.

For some, it’s about architecture; others, the view. There are tasting rooms that are great because they’re like the local pub; a place about people. And still more that have a following because of the art or the frogs (keep reading) or the vibe.

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Tripping on the Garden Route

“It’s just a perfect road-trip,” declares Doornkraal Farm Stall owner Celia le Roux suddenly.

We’re sitting on the stoep of her well-known roadside wine shop, deep in rural Klein Karoo territory, and she’s punting the Garden Route. “Drive the R44 from Montagu to Oudtshoorn, then head back via George and the Garden Route,” she adds.

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Start your journey into SA wine at these top wine bars

Drinks with friends used to be such a complicated affair. Bars were for some, and even those people couldn’t use just any bar. It was the ugly side of Cheers, Where Everybody Knows Your Name™. You had to be sure these were your people, once your eyes had adjusted to the smoke and dim interior.

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Magical Autumn Experiences in the Cape Winelands

Step into the cosy season with our selection of winelands experiences that are perfect for autumn. Nostalgic farm-style dining, wine lounges with breathtaking views, family-friendly picnics, exclusive wine and food experiences… Take your pick from our list of magical autumn experiences in the Cape Winelands.

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Coastal Regions: Best beaches and surf in the Winelands

South Africa is famous for its long coastal stretches and world class vineyards. Pristine white-sand beaches, epic surf spots and row-upon-row of vineyards are all calling cards for the country, and visitors come in the thousands, drawn by the vast diversity of varietals and the endless stretches of coastline. The only question is which do you do first? Sample an award-winning vintage or soak up the sun on a Blue Flag beach? The good news is that you can do both with a number of the country’s winelands within a stone’s throw of the beach.

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