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A Day in Cape Winelands

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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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Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
The architecture of Dornier's modern cellar and production facility is quite different than the traditional 18th and 19th Century buildings you'll see in the winelands. The pool of water above the wine cellar is an eco-friendly way of helping to...
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10 Drostdy Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
While strolling along Stellenbosch's oak lined avenues, you'll come across several different gift shops and boutiques selling jams, baked goods, and other artisanal crafts. Though cumbersome to carry home, these handsome wooden giraffes from Local...
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
One of my favorite restaurants in Stellenbosch, this bakery, butchery and restaurant is a relatively new resident of the town, but is already one of the most popular. Members of the Schoon family have some unique culinary talents, including bakers...
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Boschendal Estate Pniel Road Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680, South Africa
All too often we find ourselves rushing through lunch or eating at our desks at work. There is something to be said about dedicating an afternoon to enjoy a multi-course meal outdoors. At Boschendal, you can take your time and savor their "Le...
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R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, 7603, South Africa
During harvest season in the winelands, many vineyards have festivals to celebrate the start of the season. Almost all these events include a crowd favorite activity, grape stomping. Spier Wine Farm hosts a rather big festival on the banks of the...
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Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
Set in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, a long and winding road leads you to your destination - Uva Mira winery. On a clear day, the sweeping 360-degree view extends across the winelands, out to False Bay and the Cape Peninsula, and even...
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Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, South Africa
On a random drive out with my cousin one weekend, we decided to venture out to some wine estates in the Stellenbosch area. We happened to stumble upon this gem called the Hidden Valley Wine Estate. Stunning views all around, provided us with an...
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R44 Street, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
For those who are looking to add a relaxed, low-key estate to their winelands tour, Knorhoek Estate is the place. The winery is set on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain just 10 minutes from Stellenbosch. It's a small property and is a nice...
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Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch NU, Stellenbosch, 7613, South Africa
My goodness this property off the beaten track in South African wine country is astoundingly beautiful. While you're out and about hitting the different wineries, don't forget to include Hidden Valley Wines in your list. If you're looking to dine...
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Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg Rural, 7600, South Africa
From its inception, Waterford was determined to concentrate not just what is in their bottles, but what is outside of them as well. This means that a visit to Waterford is a true experience, with safari truck rides into the vineyards and a unique...
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Verdun Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Quaint B&B in Franschhoek. Fantastic grounds. It felt like you were a part of the countryside.
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Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Just outside of Cape Town, there are several wine-producing areas set among beautiful mountains and greenery. In Franschhoek we stopped to eat at Le Petit Ferme (the photo is from the terrace in front of the restaurant). We sampled the Snoek pâté...
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Klein Drakenstein Road, Lustigan Rd, 7624, South Africa
At Avondale, eco-consciousness and sustainability is more than a trend or a fad. It's a way of life. The land which Avondale harvests has been farmed for over 300 years and was one of the first areas of Paarl ever allocated for vines. When a...