Tradition and history meets modern and trendy
Ranging from 1700’s Cape Dutch buildings with thatched roofs, to ultra-modern millennium brick, cement and glass buildings, the Western Cape Winelands offer a diverse range of architecture, the one more show-stopping than the next. Even more so, most of these buildings are either set against the backdrop of the majestic Western Cape mountains, lush green vineyards, designer crafted gardens and/or a sapphire ocean.
Must-do wine festivals: here’s a list of the last big ones
Get ahead of your busy schedule and diarize 2018’s remaining food and wine festivals in the Cape winelands now. From large, family friendly shows to intimate, black-tie affairs – there’s plenty to get excited about.
Aleit’s Top Six Wedding Venue Picks – Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Winelands
The Aleit Group has been planning weddings for local and international bridal parties, including many a celebrity wedding, in the Winelands for 16 years.
“And it has to be said, this is our forte – from the nitty-gritty, to keeping the in-laws happy, from the not-so-fun-logistics, to the intrinsically extravagant wish-list, The Aleit Group will plan and pave the rose-petal-way to your perfect wedding. From the moment you walk in till the moment you walk out, every step of the way.”
Aleit writes for us about some of his favourite venues in the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Winelands.
Be water wise in the Western Cape
Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business in spite of the current drought. Visitors are arriving in a place with a significant breadth and depth of experiences and exceptional beauty. However, as beautiful as it is, the Western Cape is a water-scarce part of the world (much like other successful tourist regions like Southern California and Western Australia) and is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and is susceptible to periodic droughts.
Cape Champion wine farms promote Cape Leopard conservation
Several WWF Conservation Champions farms promote and support the conservation of the threatened Cape mountain leopard, setting an example of environmental protection in the wine industry.
Tons of motivation for Harvest 2018
We’ve awaited the 2018 harvest with cautious optimism and nervous anticipation, bracing ourselves for a lower yield as a result of the drought. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Word from the vineyards is positive as the harvest season is gaining momentum.
Get drunk on Love in the Winelands this Valentine's Day
The winelands is synonymous with romance. It offers the full package with plenty of wine, great restaurants and beautiful scenery, making the winelands a no-brainer destination to celebrate Valentine's Day. Many estates up the game and offer the ultimate Valentine's Day experience.
From breakfast to burgers on a budget: Four wine farms that won’t break the bank
While the touring of vineyards may still eat into the most generous of weekend allowances, there are a handful of farms offering the full experience of food and wine to those seeking value for money.
In 2018 Wines of South Africa will once again be hosting its local showcase to the wine world. With the country’s wine producers riding a wave of positive sentiment because of the exciting wines they’re making, gaining heaps of airplay and column centimetres all over the world, there’s no doubt that Cape Wine 2018 will be a focused event that will contribute further to the success and growth of wine tourism.
Swartland winemakers contribute to conservation of valuable old vines
Vineyards that have been established for 35 years or longer in the Swartland and the rest of the Boland's winelands are currently enjoying renewed attention thanks to the innovative spirit of seasoned role-players in the local wine industry.
Spend a night (or two) in the winelands
If you’re going wine-tasting, you’re most likely to visit at least two estates. I don’t know about you but I hate having to drive after a good meal accompanied by a couple of glasses of the good stuff. The answer is the wine-estate stay over … preferably at one that boasts a top-class restaurant. The fact that you’ll still be in the winelands for breakfast is a complete bonus!
Yellow Fields and Golden Wine in Bot River
It’s hard to decide which of the Western Cape’s wine regions are more spectacular during spring. Blossoms are starting to colour the bare branches of Franschhoek’s fruit trees, the vines of Stellenbosch are just starting to show signs of bright green life and everything seems so alive. The yellow canola fields of Bot River, however, make this region a solid contender for the most breathtaking of all.