A Day in Cape Winelands
No trip to the Western Cape is complete without a stop in the Cape Winelands. It's a big region, so it's best to plan in advance and tackle one town at a time. Choose from a range of vineyard styles, from casual working farms, to high-end wine estates. Popular varietals to try include sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc. Visit at the end of January through April to partake in the region's wine harvest festivals.

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Boschendal Estate

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Too often I rush through my lunch at work and end up eating at my desk. I really believe there is something to be said about taking an afternoon to enjoy a meal. At Boschendal, you can take your time and savor their "Le Pique Nique" which is, essentially, the picnic service they offer to visitors.

When you arrive, you can collect your wicker basket filled with sweet and savory treats to enjoy (wines not included but I'd grab a list to select a few of those too!) You can spend the afternoon relaxing beneath the shade of their pine trees and just savor the sunshine and quite bliss of being on their wine estate.

Boschendal right on the edge of Stellenbosch near Franschhoek, about an hours drive outside the city of Cape Town, taking you through the beautiful hills and valleys that are known as South Africa's winelands. The estate has restored several old farm laborer cottages into luxury accommodation, allowing guests to enjoy the estates trails, wine tastings, and restaurants a bit longer.

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by Marie Frei
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