Easter in the Cape heralds the start of winter. This year, Capetonians are hoping for a long, cold, cloudy, and above all wet winter season. But what to do on those wet winter days? From cosy-and-romantic to family-friendly, these wine estates have you covered. Here, we’ve taken a look at some unusual pairings with which to entice your taste buds.
On the slopes of the Helderberg mountains, nestled between vineyards, olive groves, almond orchards, and fynbos gardens, Hidden Valley is a gem waiting to be discovered. Take in the breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch valley below, while enjoying the olive and olive oil tasting or the ever-popular chocolate and wine pairing. Charcuterie and cheese platters are also available. For the nature lovers, a stroll along the nature trail is an absolute must, while the curious are invited to tour the modern gravity-fed cellar.
Venue: Off Annandale Rd, R44, Stellenbosch
Time: Daily 9am to 6pm in Summer & 9am to 5pm in Winter. Please book for groups of 8+
Cost: Chocolate & Wine Experience R95
Contact: 021 880 2646 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A prime example of the rich cultural heritage of the Cape Winelands, La Motte offers a number of experiences. You shouldn’t drink and drive, but why not wine and walk? The Sustainable Guided Hike is a chance to take in the flora and fauna of the Franschhoek valley, or you can soak in the past with a Historic Walk. For a more art focused experience, join the Sculpture Walk or the Pierneef Experience, a guided tour of the Pierneef Exhibition in the La Motte Museum. Whatever your fancy, make sure to feed your soul with their Food and Wine pairing, featuring cuisine created by chef Michelle Theron. For the designated driver, there is also the Winelands Tea. Spoiled for choice indeed.
Venue: R45 Main Rd, Franschhoek Valley
Time: Tasting Room Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm | Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, the La Motte Museum & Farm Shop Tues to Sun 9am to 5pm | Events Schedule for more info and specific events
Cost: Food & Wine Tasting R200 | Sculpture Walk R50 | Historic Walk R50 | Pierneef Experience R250 | Guided Sustainable Hike R100 or Self-Guided Walk R50 | Shiraz Comparative OR Vinoteque Tasting R200 | Cellar Tour & Tasting R70 | Wine Tasting R50 | Winelands Tea R165 | Museum Entry Free
Contact: 021 876 8820 | email@example.com
Situated in the heart of the Helderberg mountains near Somerset West, Lourensford welcomes wine, confectionary, and coffee lovers alike. The signature Twilight Market, and the ever popular Sunday market are not to be missed. Even your four-legged-friend can join in the fun at their doggie bar. For something a little more intimate, try their Turkish Delight & Wine pairing, while the children are catered for with the Kiddies Tasting option. And of course, no day is complete without a visit to the Coffee Roasting Company.
Venue: Lourensford Ave, Somerset West
Time: Daily 9am to 5pm
Cost: Turkish Delight & Wine pairing R65 | Chocolate & Wine pairing R75 | Kiddies Tasting R40
Contact: 021 847 2300 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reflecting the French heritage of the Franschhoek valley, a visit to Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons is a boutique French affair, with wine and olive tasting alike. Offering French and other internationally produced, as well as home-grown wines, French cheese, and local olive oil, you’ll be sure to tantalize your guests’ taste-buds. This tranquil venue is Instagram-ready with its classic styling and spectacular views of the Simonsberg mountain.
Venue: Klapmuts Rd, Simondium
Time: Tasting centre Mon to Fri 10am to 4.30pm & Sat to Sun 10am to 4pm | Restaurant Tue to Sun 12noon to 3pm
Cost: Wine Tastings R10 – R30 per wine | Olive Oil Tasting R20
Contact: 021 874 1802 | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side, Villiera wines should be at the top of your winter to-do list. Whether you want to impress out-of-towners or that special someone, you can’t go wrong with a Game Drive Safari, followed by a delectable wine pairing. The 2-hour game drive in the 220 hectares’ wildlife sanctuary is a thrilling, family-friendly experience. Springbok, Giraffe and Eland abound, as well as a large variety of birds. Round the day off with their bubbly and nougat tasting, or a cheese platter if you’re feeling peckish.
Venue: Cnr R101 & R304, Koelenhof
Time: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm | Saturday 9am to 3pm
Cost: R95 Bubbles & Nougat Tasting | Game Drives R220, or U15 R110
Contact: 021 865 2002 | email@example.com
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Whatever mood you’re in this winter, the Cape Winelands has just the thing you’re looking for. But best get your calendar ready – bookings are often required.