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Great Accomodations near Cape Town

 


South Africa will have its moment in the sun this summer as legions of football fans (the one played with a soccer ball) descend on Cape Town for the World Cup finals. While the World Cup is a global event with tremendous impact and appeal, my thoughts can’t help but drift toward the amazing scenery that surrounds Cape Town, and the renaissance that’s going on in the vineyards of the Western Cape region.

South Africa has some of the oldest vineyards in the "new" world. With production traced back to the 1650s, it’s no surprise that world-class wines are coming from nearly every corner of this southern tip of Africa. What is surprising is how accessible, and yet infrequently visited, these beautiful lands are.

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The first step, of course, for any visit to South Africa does involve a long plane ride. Once you’re there the travel may not stop, but the distances involved become much more manageable. The Western Cape’s wine regions fan out behind Cape Town, stretching for some 200 or so miles in every direction. With so much ground to cover it’s good to know that not only are there no shortage of accommodations in the wine regions, but that many wineries are also wonderful hotels.

Close to Cape Town, the regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Overberg, and Roberson form the heart of the Central Cape. With so many wineries and sites literally only an hour or two’s drive from Cape Town it’s easy to just kick back in the city and spend one’s days travelling to wine country, but spending a night amongst the vines, and waking up in the verdant country side is what wine country memories are made of.


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  • Snooth User: sbray
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    amazing timing! i am heading there in a few weeks, to paarl specifically, so love any additional information!

    Mar 16, 2010 at 11:26 AM


  • Snooth User: SAWI
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    Look at the new http://www.sawineindex.com site to guide you along in chosing a SA wine of distinction !

    Mar 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM


  • Snooth User: dwr
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    My family and I had a great trip to the wine country around Stellenbosch in June, 2008. The countryside was gorgeous. We stayed at the Bonne Esperance Guest Lodge in Stellenbosch. It was very comfortable, the food was great, the owner and staff were very accommodating, and it was reasonably priced. We had a great stay!

    Mar 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM


  • Snooth User: katschornberg
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    We are headed to Cape Town in 3 weeks, so great timing! :)
    This is where we will be staying http://www.caxtonmanor.co.za/index.php
    It's my mother and father-in-laws B&B and it is absolutely stunning! You also could not find more hospitable people than them, so if you are looking for a place to stay in Cape Town you should definitely check them out!

    Mar 16, 2010 at 4:57 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I have to admit my jealousy at all of you you have visited or have plans to do so.

    The more I research the more enthralled I become with the prospect of spending a working vacation in South Africa!

    Mar 16, 2010 at 5:12 PM


  • Snooth User: danodanilo
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    I'm on my way there too, but a little disappointed by this article. I was all hyped up when I saw the title. But is it just me, or did they miss the part where they talk about wine? I already have my accommodations booked, but where's my list of wineries not to be missed?

    Mar 16, 2010 at 5:15 PM


  • Snooth User: katschornberg
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    My husband is a winemaker here in Virginia now, but he studied winemaking in SA and worked at a few wineries there before he came here.
    He says the wineries you should try to visit are:
    Rustenberg (Stellenbosch)
    Thelema (Stellenbosch)
    Mulderbosch (Stellenbosch)
    Vergelegen (Stellenbosch)
    Constantia Steenberg (Constantia)

    Mar 16, 2010 at 8:06 PM


  • Snooth User: dickjan
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    The only problem is that there is too much to choose from, the one wine farm even more stunningly beautiful that the other...I recommend that you book a pique-nique at Boschendal

    Mar 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM


  • Having been to South Africa for our honeymoon, we can definitely recommend Vergelegen in Stellenbosch. My avatar photo is from that trip...and it truly does not do it justice.

    You should definitely get out of Cape Town and visit the surrounding countryside...but be aware that it is a very large country and driving can be lengthy (though not as long as the plane ride). That said, if you would like to see the Indian Ocean side, take a look at East London/East Cintsa. We stayed at The Gables which was lovely, accomodating for weary travelers, and Michaela's was a lovely treat for dinner (again, with a fabulous L'Ormarins 2003 Pinot Gris) I also recommend the game reserve at Schotia if it's still around.

    The travel bureau in SA is wonderful if go. They're subsidized by the government, so you don't feel pressured to accept anything...just choose what you like and they'll help you get there and book it. It's a beautiful country.

    If you would like to see more photos from our trip, check out ConspiracyofHappiness on flickr. That's my screen name. Enjoy and have a wonderful time.

    Mar 17, 2010 at 9:42 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    It is a bounty of chooses. I think to fully appreciate even a small part of what the cape has to offer one needs at least two weeks!

    I don't know when I'll find the time, but I'll try.

    ConspiracyofHappiness - very cool name, I will be checking it our shortly.

    Mar 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM


  • Snooth User: Adam Levin
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    I spent 3 weeks in Stellenbosch a few years ago and rented a studio apartment there for a great deal right "in" Church Street. The dollar goes really far against the rand. It was no hotel, but very clean and comfortable with a small kitchen and secure garage parking. This + a cheap rental car + a book of maps made for some great touring. Everyone in the Cape Winelands is super friendly and its rare you need to make a tasting appointment - really only with the tiny operations.

    The only annoyance I had was with internet access. The internet cafes in town are relatively expensive to get online, even with your own computer.

    Mar 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Three weeks there sounds like a great plan. Unfortunately work might get in the way at the moment. I can aspire to it though!

    Mar 17, 2010 at 8:09 PM


  • I'm heading to wine country and Cape Town on June 1st, will be in SA for a month. Anybody going from San Francisco? and any recommendations?

    Apr 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM


  • Snooth User: Canne
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    I spent a couple of weeks in SA in 1998, and took a day-long tour of several wineries in the Stellenbosch area, including Boschendal and the KWV cooperative. Spectacular time! Out of that visit, I became familiar with the South African Wine Club, now the Southern Hemisphere Wine Center, and then became a member. Consequently, for over 10 years now, I've been sampling South African wines not available in US stores, and they are amazing! Talk about reflecting terroir! I can tell a South African wine just by opening the bottle and taking a sniff, especially the reds. A lot of people I know don't appreciate SA's major red, pinotage, but I have come to love its spiciness and intensity. Great stuff!

    Jun 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM


  • Snooth User: SAWI
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    The "Essential Guide to SA Wines" categorise SA wine areas into terroir pockets and the touring suggestions helps orientate one to wherever you may find yourself in the Western Cape. Also check out http://www.sawineindex.com for quality wines and great finds. Or contact info@sawineindex.com if you wish to have some suggestions made on where to go. Izak

    Jul 09, 2010 at 2:50 AM


  • South African wine is without a doubt world class and a visit to the Cape Winelands a must! For an easy to use “Wine farm search engine” go to http://www.bottleplatepillow.com Photo’s, info, video, contact details and news on South African cellar doors, wine farm restaurants and wine farm accommodation.

    Jul 09, 2010 at 4:04 AM


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