Visit the magnificent Elgin Valley that’s just an hour away from Cape Town and you’ll be delighted to find not only excellent wines to please every palette, but also activities that will enchant everyone from thrill seekers to city slickers seeking something off the beaten track.
Wines from Elgin lay claim to several overarching characteristics. Among the most prominent will be a cool climate, an interesting landscape and a fascinating history.
Wine is where art, science and nature meet and this month we experienced an urban oasis that embodies this belief: the Constantia Wine Route.
With the slopes of Table Mountain as the backdrop, each of the farms in the area create a truly unique wine with its own story.
Wine tourism can be a tough nut to crack. Being innovative and offering a wine tourism experience that is totally different is not an easy challenge.
But then, the team at Hazendal Wine Estate on the Bottelary sub-route of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, does not shy away from challenges. And when they accept it, they believe in the saying: “go big or go home” as their latest additions proves: a luxurious Russian tea experience, an edutainment centre for children, an art gallery and restaurant.
Make your way to Wellington's wine cellars this winter and expect to be welcomed by a soon-to-be familiar scene. A cosy fireplace, friendly faces and an assortment of wines to warm the heart. Add to this epic mountain views, good food and a short drive from Cape Town and you have the perfect weekend break ahead of you.
No road trip to the winelands is complete without pulling over for a pitstop at one of the characterful farm stalls en-route.
There are so many interesting and authentic farm stalls in South Africa – from tiny tin roof structures selling the farm’s own produce to mega sheds with anything from handmade decor to berry beer, wooden toys and of course, wine selections.
If there is one word that describes the Klein Karoo it would be ‘resilient’. The rugged beauty of the landscape surrounded by blue mountains offers an escape to a place where time seems to move slower, the air feels fresher and the stars shine brighter.
We recently took a road trip on Route 62 all the way from Montagu to De Rust, stopping at wine farms, cellars, and friendly farm stalls to tell you about our favourite finds. Be warned though, we lost our hearts in the Klein Karoo and chances are you will too.
What is better than sipping top South African wines in a beautiful setting? Pairing their flavours with delicious bites and unique experiences, of course.
What started out as a venture to complement the perfect wine with the best food combination, has turned into an exciting bucket list experience in the South African winelands.
There are at least a hundred reasons to visit the Swartland region, the top three being the world-class wine and olives, its proximity to Cape Town and the quiet beauty of the area.
We recently went on a road trip to the Swartland and put together this selection of activities, recommended accommodation and (of course) food and wine that will make you fall in love with this region just like we did. Try it over a weekend or whenever you have a chance to break away.
The N7 from Cape Town isn't an obvious track for a close-to-home wine trip, but those in the know tell you it's where some of SA's real winery gems lie.
The JanBraai Marathon is the only three-day trail run that invites you to slow down, smell the bouquet and eat the boerewors.