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Winelands

An idyllic antidote to the rush of modern life

Visiting wineries is one of life’s great pleasures. The Cape Winelands is a year round destination but arguably the best time to visit is between March and May when the grape harvest is at its height and the weather is warm and sunny. You might plan to stop by for an hour or two, be roped in to help with the grape picking, and end up staying all day!

The Winelands is certainly South Africa’s culinary heartland. At almost every vineyard and fruit farm you can taste the produce, buy from the cellar door, and explore the often beautifully designed gardens. Some places offer microbrewery tours, as well as pairings of charcuterie or chocolate with wines. If you can, it’s a great idea to extend your stay to enjoy lunch prepared by one of the innovative young chefs who give the winelands such a great reputation amongst discerning foodies.
 
Allow yourself time to appreciate the history of the Winelands as well: many of the towns were settled in the 1600s and have gorgeous heritage architecture.
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Accommodation:
Babylonstoren
Babylonstoren is a property of immense character, shaped over the past four centuries. It’s the perfect retreat after a safari or sightseeing in Cape Town: come here to sit back, relax, and enjoy fine food and wine in elegant surroundings.
Accommodation:
Le Quartier Francais
Landscaped gardens and a natural pool create a haven of tranquillity at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek. The hotel prides itself on its restaurant, the Tasting Room, as well as its guest rooms, so be sure to dine there at least once.
Accommodation:
Leeu Estate
Leeu House is an incredibly sophisticated property for adults who want to wine, dine, and enjoy each other’s company. Book it for a weekend getaway, or as one of the lynchpins of an extended gastronomic tour of the Cape Winelands.