The Cape Winelands: More than Wine

Why would you travel to the Cape Winelands with any intention other than to sip on your fair share of South Africa’s finest (and award-winning) wine? The truth is that there are many reasons to plan a trip to this magical region, regardless of whether or not wine tasting is at the top of your agenda.

Here’s a look at a few of the other spoils and adventures that await.

 

1. Revel in the romance

Boschendal offers romantic picnics, weekend markets and a drive-in cinema.

If you’re in need of some serious couple’s time, the Winelands promises to provide an idyllic setting with lots of opportunity to soak up each other’s company. Think a relaxing couple’s massage and a romantic turndown service at Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, scenic sunset farm strolls and a candlelit farm-to-table feast at Spier, or catching a movie at Boschendal’s drive-in cinema followed by a visit to the estate’s breath-taking Lookout Point.

“The view at the Lookout Point is absolutely stunning and makes for an Instagram-perfect romantic moment!” comments Anja du Plessis, Boschendal’s Marketing and Brand Manager.

 

2. Gear up for family fun

Kids at Spier can visit Eagle Encounters – the raptor rehabilitation and education centre at Spier

It’s not just about stolen kisses and whispered sweet nothings – the Winelands happens to be a fantastic family destination, too. Families with children of all ages have lots to look forward to.

Mont Rochelle is home to a sizeable kids’ playground where it’s possible to take part in a giant game of chess after savouring a mouth-watering picnic on the banks of the dam.

Spier is also renowned for its family-centred amenities and activities.

“Kids can explore the Elemental Play Garden or meet raptors at the Eagle Encounters rehabilitation centre. We have kiddies’ bikes available for cycling around the estate and even offer a grape tasting experience, which includes a fun lucky packet, a tasting of two different grape juices and an educational activity sheet,” says Spier’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Comien Grobler.

 

3. Take a day trip to a wine farm

Love horses? Then Cavalli Estate is for you.

While at least part of your day will likely be dedicated to wine tasting and cellar tours, most wine farms across the Cape Winelands have plenty more in-store for curious visitors. Take Babylonstoren and its luxury hotel, spa, farm-to-table restaurants, farm shops, and 4,8 hectares of magnificent gardens for example.

Wander through Babylonstoren’s 3,5 hectares (8 acres) garden that feels – at times – more like an art installation.

“Here, guests are presented with a unique experience – one that celebrates our contemporary, unhurried farm lifestyle and instils a sense of well-being,” says Marisa Fockema, Babylonstoren’s Head of Media.

Cavalli Estate is another wine farm with plenty of value to add aside from its exquisite wines, especially for horse lovers, boasting over 10 hectares of perfectly manicured paddocks and a world-class equestrian indoor arena.

 

4. Tuck into a mouth-watering meal

Enjoy a meal at Lanzerac’s Manor Kitchen, Lanzerac Deli or Taphuis (pictured above)

Yes, there’s plenty of wine flowing … but how does the food measure up? The Winelands is also  a world-renowned foodie destination, boasting some of South Africa’s best-loved and top-rated restaurants.

“There are three legendary restaurants at Lanzerac. The Manor Kitchen headed up by Executive Chef, Stephen Fraser is the top-rated main restaurant serving breakfast and dinner to both in-house and outside guests and known for its delightful afternoon tea experience. Lanzerac Deli specialises in aromatic coffee, all-day breakfast, pastries, gourmet sandwiches, and platters that can all be enjoyed indoors or outside on the terrace. Last, but not least, Taphuis is a beautiful bar serving gourmet pub food, and open for lunch and dinner,” says Marisa Calvert, Lanzerac’s Marketing Manager.

 

5. Grab a glass and enjoy!

Wine tasting at Mont Rochelle can be organised in any number of stunning settings.

Ok, so while it’s not all about the wine, it’s impossible to speak about the Winelands without celebrating the region’s most velvety vineyard creations and wine tasting experiences.

“Wine tasting at Mont Rochelle isn’t just a special event, it’s an everyday occurrence! We can arrange wine tastings in a variety of locations, including at our restaurant, MIKO, at our bar, at The Country Kitchen and in our wine cellar,” comments Mandy Lerena, Regional Sales Manager Southern Africa at Virgin Limited Edition.

If you’re headed specifically to Cavalli Estate for a wine-centred experience, the estate’s Sales, Marketing, and Export Manager, Monet Janse van Rensburg insists that you don’t miss out on the chance to savour the Filly Chenin Blanc, in particular.

“It’s our Chenin Blanc which raked in 96 points, making it the highest scored Chenin in South Africa!”

An all-rounder for any kind of getaway, the Winelands really does have it all. Get in touch with us for custom itineraries and travel packages today!