35 Unique self-catering farm stays for families in the Winelands
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 35 highly recommended fresh-air South African farm stays for large families, varying from earthy and rustic to lavish and luxurious.
14 local places to go for April 17's Malbec fiesta
The world celebrates the Malbec grape on April 17, the 9th occasion it has done so since the special day was inaugurated.
The point was initially to promote the Argentinian excellence with a variety that originated in south-west France but has become a star for the South Americans. It has subsequently become an opportunity across the world to cast light on the variety itself.
The story goes that this was the day in 1853 that Malbec was introduced in Argentina. When Phyloxera and later the devastating winter of 1956, struck in Europe, Argentinian wines soared. Especially Malbec thrived in the region and became the star.
Your Ultimate Guide to Kid Friendly Wine Estates in South Africa
Many of South Africa’s top wine estates cater for children, ensuring you won’t have to worry about entertaining them, or feel judged if your little ones giggle (insert scream) a bit too loud. Here’s our round-up of 50 kid friendly wine estates in South Africa.
The wine route less travelled
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.
Run, drink, be merry at the JanBraai Marathon
The JanBraai Marathon is the only three-day trail run that invites you to slow down, smell the bouquet and eat the boerewors.
South African vocabulary for wine tourists
New research suggests that language influences how we perceive the world. So in order to better understand us and our sometimes strange ways, here are some uniquely South African words to help you navigate our winelands and our wine culture.
Ultra-Luxe Winelands Experiences for the Connoisseur
The Cape Winelands serves as a natural choice for anybody who appreciates the finer things in life.
Be it for an escape from reality as you indulgently fly in for lunch, sip bubbly after a spa treatment, or enjoy an extended stay in a tucked away private villa – the discerning traveller is certain to find what they’re looking for among the vine covered mountains and valleys.
Relax at these 15 Spas in the Winelands
The ultimate luxury in today’s busy life is finding the time to relax, and to do it properly. To be able to indulge in the quiet, breathe slowly, take a moment to be grateful and to enjoy getting spoilt.
Okay, we know practicing selfcare doesn’t necessarily have to involve a spa, but everyone would agree: it’s a pretty divine way to do it.
Luckily South Africa boasts with a long list of award-winning spas, many of them hidden in the midst of the majestic winelands. Massages, beauty treatments, wine and vineyard views.
Eight brilliant places to pop the question
You're ready to take your relationship to the next level. It's time to pop the question. The real question however, is: where to do it?
Fear not, the winelands have you covered – from Plettenberg Bay to Doringbaai and beyond. Here's a short list of suggestions to get your started. Remember that most need to be booked in advance.
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.
Don't forget the winelands if you're packing for Plett
Most people head for the beach when in Plettenberg Bay, but that's changing as the region's winelands break into the mainstream.
Wine has been part of the tourism attractions of Plettenberg Bay since the early 2000s. Today, the number of farms and estates provide interest and a diversity of activities to keep new visitors engaged for more than just a few days.
How to be a South African wine connoisseur
Do you want to learn a bit more about wine this year to talk the talk in the tasting room?
Here are 20 facts every lover of South African wine should know. Armed with this checklist you’ll bluff anyone into believing you are an authority.