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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates
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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates

To explore a garden before, or after, tasting the wine grown on the farm is one of the highlights of these 8 glorious gardens on wine estates... BABYLONSTOREN The gardens at Babylonstoren are extensive. Modelled on the former Company Gardens of the Cape (the...
9 other (really) popular wine routes of the Cape – the bouquet beckons
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9 other (really) popular wine routes of the Cape – the bouquet beckons

Wines in South Africa do not start and end with the Cape Winelands (Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch), although one is hard pushed to find a comparable abundance of excellence in so small an areaThe Overberg, Orange Free State, Northern Cape, and even the ...
The Wine Lover’s guide to South Africa – 10 wine routes to tempt your taste buds
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The Wine Lover’s guide to South Africa – 10 wine routes to tempt your taste buds

Whether you enjoy your wine big, buttery, smooth, opulent, complex, creamy or crisp, the wines made in South Africa will more than meet your needs, as we produce some of the best wines in the new world. South African wine, a quick overview:our wine hist...
Where to get drunk in the Overberg – plan your ‘winecation’
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Where to get drunk in the Overberg – plan your ‘winecation’

When someone mentions 'wine route' in Cape Town, one usually thinks of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, not the Cape Overberg, yet this region is every bit as likely to get you drunk. With 250km of winescapes to explore, the serious wino can't possibly consider th...
Simonsig – The perfect place for a winter lunch
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Simonsig – The perfect place for a winter lunch

Even on winter’s day, driving through the gates of Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch is an experience.  Tall trees line the pathway that leads you past their 210 hectares of vineyards and towards their Cuvee Restaurant on the right.Making my way past barrels...
Wine and Beer Tasting at Karusa Vineyards
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Wine and Beer Tasting at Karusa Vineyards

We went up to a wedding in December on my boyfriends’ family farm which is slap bang in between Oudtshoorn and George. It was a stunning week away and although incredibly hot as well as filled with wedding stuff we managed to get out and about and do some pret...
Waterford Wine Estate – Wonderful Wine at Waterford
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Waterford Wine Estate – Wonderful Wine at Waterford

It’s a beautiful sunny day, and I can tell the day is going to be hot. I’m heading down the highway towards Stellenbosch, watching the mountains come ever closer. My goal is the Waterford Wine Estate. To my mind this little winery is the jewel in the Stellenbo...
A trip less ordinary – Riebeek Valley on a scooter
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A trip less ordinary – Riebeek Valley on a scooter

While spending time with family in Riebeek West over Christmas, we decided to embark on a wine tour and explore the verdant wine valley, on a scooter! We started our ‘trip less ordinary’ at Kloovenburg Wine Estate, where we also took part in an olive tasting a...
Dik Delta, fat-tailed sheep and cows with long horns at Solms-Delta
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Dik Delta, fat-tailed sheep and cows with long horns at Solms-Delta

I first hear about fat-tailed sheep during a first-hand account of the efforts at Solms-Delta in Franschhoek to ensconce a couple of ostriches in the pen with said sheep. Why? They act as a form of watch dog - who in their right mind wants to tangle with an os...
The gardens of Vergelegen – time out in Somerset West
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The gardens of Vergelegen – time out in Somerset West

The gardens of Vergelegen: Despite the fact that there over 1000 camellias in Vergelegen's garden, and the estate has been around for some 300 years, Capetonians often forget that there is another city virtually a stone's throw away that also lies at the foot ...