There’s nothing better than a cosy fire and a class of red wine on a chilly day in the Western Cape. Because most safari lodges have the best game viewing during the dry winter months, many travellers will find themselves stopping over in Cape Town during the wet, winter months. But there is nothing quite like the beautiful estates, art galleries and cellars of the winelands surrounding Cape Town. From Groot Constantia to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch– prepare to indulge in gourmet dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, local wines, 5-star spas and the very best accommodation. You won’t find anything to compare to the endless green hills, crisp winter air and crackling fires. You may even spot some snow-covered mountain peaks from your floor-to-ceiling windows.
If you’re not looking for a beach-vacation, then winter in the winelands brings its own charm as a premier destination with its own set of distinct activities that will keep you both warm and delighted. Here are our top three must-see locations:
Just a stone throw away from the CBD and surrounding suburbs, Constantia is a conveniently located winelands area with an abundance of cosy hideouts that serve impeccable food and wine with some of Cape Town’s greatest views. This area has beautiful natural sceneries, a handful of art galleries and a number of production cellars that offer tours, tastings and pairings.
Franschhoek is the perfect destination for couples. There’s something for everyone; from award-winning spas and vintage cars, an array of wines to choose from, to a romantic ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Here you’re spoilt with choice for warm settings with a cosy atmosphere to sample some of the valley’s finest wines and dining. Make a reservation at The Dining Room, at Leeu Estates for a delectable 3-course lunch or dinner paired with a glass of wine.
Stellenbosch is a little town you would want to spend more than just a day at. This world-class destination has brought back the ‘great indoors’ with so many options for indoor retreats this winter. Find one of many lounges or tasting rooms that offer food, wine and books next to a warm fire. Stay over and admire the morning mountain snow – which will make some great photographs. And if the all-day wine isn’t convincing you, the annual Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival will have you hooked on classical music this July.
Don’t let the chill alarm you. Cape Town is ready to keep you warm and entertained this winter. For more on what the winelands has to offer you – click here.