Being innovative and different is no easy feat, but Hazendal did it
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.
Why Tulbagh should be on your wish list
This year the town of Tulbagh marks the 50th year since it experienced the most destructive earthquake in South Africa’s history.
The town was rebuilt and restored and feels like a meeting place of the old and the new. On Church Street you’ll find traditional Cape Dutch houses with green shuttered windows and at the end of the road you’ll be able to enjoy Bootlegger coffee and contemporary art at Makers Mark.
Winter in the Winelands
The South African winelands provide exciting experiences for lovers of wine, leave families with a lifetime of happy memories and provide a spectacular haven for those who seek new experiences, throughout winter. Here are a few of my favourite winelands experiences that are better in winter.
Head out to Wellington for a heartwarming experience
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.
15 Charming Farm Stalls in the Winelands
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.
South African Chenin Blanc at a glance
Several prominent events are about to put South African Chenin Blanc back in the spotlight. Clifford Roberts gives a brief rundown of the excitement driving the variety.
If there's a Ground Zero for South African wine, it must be Chenin Blanc. Few varieties have tracked our history from the start, become as ubiquitous and emerged as a shining light.
Discover gems along the R62 in the Klein Karoo
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.
Discover Portuguese varieties in the wines of the Klein Karoo
Port producers worldwide have long despaired at the drain in worldwide sales. Enthusiasm for Portuguese variety wines however, has given wineries of the Klein Karoo a lift.
The Chardonnay Way
While the world celebrates International Chardonnay Day on 23 May, the Robertson Wine Valley reveals why this noble cultivar makes the world go around.
35 Fantastic Wine Pairing Experiences in South Africa
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.
Take a road trip to the Swartland
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.
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.