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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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Dornier Road, Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
Dornier’s modern cellar and production facility is quite different from the traditional 18th- and 19th-century buildings you’ll see in the winelands. For example, a pool above the cellar regulates the temperature of the wines in an...
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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 boutiques selling everything from jams and baked goods to artisanal crafts. For the best souvenirs, stop into Local Works on Drostdy Street, where...
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7 Church Street, Cnr Bird Street & Church Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
As you walk through Stellenbosch’s town center, you’ll probably smell the bread baking at Boschendal at Oude Bank before you even arrive at the café’s main entrance. Owned by Boschendal Farm Estate since early 2017, the...
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Boschendal Estate Pniel Road Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680, South Africa
At Boschendal, guests can slow down and savor “Le Pique Nique,” a pre-packed picnic basket that you can order in advance of your visit to the vineyard. When you arrive, collect your wicker basket filled with sweet and savory treats,...
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R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, 7603, South Africa
Around since 1692, Spier is one of the oldest and best-known wineries in Stellenbosch. Not only does this historic estate continue to receive accolades for its wine, it’s also become a hot spot for travelers thanks to its family-friendly...
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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 NU, Stellenbosch, 7613, 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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Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg Rural, 7600, South Africa
On the outdoor patio at Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, guests can relax while tasting South African wines with help from the knowledgable staff. For those with a sweet tooth, the “Wine & Chocolate Experience” is particularly...
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Pass Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
There are several good reasons to make a special trip to this winery, not least that its sauvignon, pinot noir and shiraz regularly win major awards. The most obvious, however, hits you as soon as you walk through the restaurant and onto the...
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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...