Wine Tasting

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Your ultimate guide to a winter Winelands escape

Time to start exploring some ‘winter-friendly’ locations. The Cape Winelands serves as the perfect location.

Wine Tasting

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With winter drawing near, it is the perfect time to start exploring some winter-friendly locations where you can cozy up and relax. The Cape Winelands has a variety of tranquil locations and leisurely activities to offer.

The Cape Winelands is known for its amazing landscapes, rich wines and some of the most decadent food in the country – making this location the perfect choice for a winter Winelands getaway. Escaping to the Winelands for a day or two will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world.

Here are the top four Cape Winelands attractions that shouldn’t be skipped.


It wouldn’t be a trip to the Cape Winelands without indulging in the various fine wines this region has to offer. Luckily, there are a large number of wine estates in the area that offer a variety of wine tastings. Here are a few estates to visit if you’re looking to treat yourself to a wine tasting, or two.

  • Bellingham Wines in the Franschhoek Valley
  • Babylonstoren Wine Estate in Franschhoek
  • Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch
  • Eikehof in Franschhoek
  • Ken Forrester Wines in Stellenbosch
  • Boekenhoutskloof in the Franschhoek Valley
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When visiting one of the many wineries in the Cape Winelands, you may feel the need to satiate your palate with something other than the tannins and tartness of the wines. Fortunately, there is a multitude of wine pairings to explore in the winelands. Have a look at some of these pairings.

  • Bartinney’s Cape fynbos and wine pairing
  • Fairview’s goat’s milk cheese and wine pairing
  • Villiera’s nougat and MCC pairing
  • Middelvlei’s boerebraai tapas and wine pairing
  • Brenaissance’s pizza and wine pairing
  • Môreson’s charcuterie, wine and MCC pairing
  • Grande Provence’s three-way oysters and wine pairing
  • Perdeberg Winery’s marshmallows and wine pairing


Fine Dining
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In the Cape Winelands, you will find some of the top chefs in the country. If you consider yourself somewhat of a foodie, your culinary options in the Cape Winelands are endless. Here are some of the recommended restaurants to consider:

  • Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Franschhoek
  • Indochine at Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Protégé Restaurant, Franschhoek
  • The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch
  • Le Verger, Franschhoek


The Cape Winelands has beautiful architecture as well as magical landscapes to offer when it comes to accommodation. Your winter winelands escape will not be completed without booking a wonderful ‘home base’ to spend your getaway.

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A great example of this is Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa.

“Guests can savour some me-time with a spa treatment out in the sunshine, courtesy of the outdoor massage garden, followed by pre-dinner drinks with a view of the spectacular sunset from the Terrace Bar and Lounge,” says Sharmila Ragunanan, group marketing manager for Dream Hotels & Resorts.

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While exploring all of these Cape Winelands hotspots, be sure to take the time to explore all the beautiful landscapes. Some fresh air after all of the wine and food consumption can only do you well!