Visit Winelands

Township vineyards and cuisine

13 Aug 2018

Surprise everyone with a tour of the only vineyards in Cape Town’s townships. You will see rows of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat in the market garden plots between the corrugated iron structures and overhead spaghetti of electrical supply that is the visual signal of the Cape’s townships. 

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Women have staked their claim in wine

06 Aug 2018

The day August 9 officially highlights the contribution of women in South Africa. In winemaking, they have become leaders in their own right. 

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Wine tasting in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

01 Aug 2018

Wine farms in KwaZulu-Natal started consistently making news headlines at the end of the 1990s. While still small by Cape comparison, they offer a rewarding visit off the beaten track. Travel along the popular Midlands Meander Route, making a third and final stop in the Central Drakensberg at Cathedral Peak Wine Estate.

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Aleit's top picks for a winter wedding in the Winelands

26 Jul 2018

The Aleit Group has been planning weddings for local and international bridal parties, including many a celebrity wedding, in the Winelands for 16 years. 

Aleit wrote for us in March on his favourite wedding venues in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and it is only fitting that we turn our attention to some of his favourite winter wedding venues this month. 

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25 Unique self-catering farm stays for families in the Winelands

17 Jul 2018

Memories are made of this. Families and friends sharing an idyllic breakaway together, somewhere on a serene farm in a wine region.

Here’s our list of 25 highly recommended fresh-air South African farm stays for large families, varying from earthy and rustic to lavish and luxurious.

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Talking food & wine with chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

09 Jul 2018

South African Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is passionate about South African food and wine and all his dishes served at his restaurant, JAN, in Nice, France, have some South African influence. In fact, a lot of them are purely South African dishes served in an interesting way. We spoke to him about his love for South African food and wine.

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South Africa's journey to world-class brandy

02 Jul 2018

Like many of South Africa's wines, local brandy is world-class and there's nowhere better to enjoy them than where they're born.

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5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Letishia

25 Jun 2018

There are so many magnificent destinations to explore in the Western Cape – so much to do, so little time, right?

Here's a taste of just a few places that I've been that I feel should be on the top of anyone's 'Things to do in the Cape Winelands in winter' list. 

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Wine blending and vertical wine tastings

21 Jun 2018

A few wineries have gone the extra mile to help visitors understand what goes into making wine. 

You can expand your knowledge of South African wine by seeking out producers that allow you to blend your own or offer vertical tastings at their wineries. Learn more through these rare local experiences. 

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5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Trudie

18 Jun 2018

It’s not fun to kiss summer picnics and late sunsets goodbye. But once again we are reminded why the love of wine is such a great romance, you can trade in your chilled whites for some warming reds and wineries have always got your back with their amazing winter offerings. There is bound to be a roaring fire or a special winter menu waiting to welcome you in the winelands. 

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5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Penelope

15 Jun 2018

As a sommelier and self-proclaimed foodie, the rainy days in the Winelands start showing other gems as everything slows down. I find myself having the precious time to really enjoy what is on offer.

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Lessons from my father

13 Jun 2018

Agriculture and activities like the making of wine is often a family affair, as the stories of many of South Africa's winemakers reflect. Marking Father's Day this month, Maryke Roberts asked some of them to be re-told.

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