My boyfriend and I are traveling to South Africa for the World Cup and are hoping to get away from the craziness for a few nights in wine country. Does anyone have any recommendations of specific places to stay / vineyards whose wine can't be missed?
Any help would be much appreciated!
traveling to South Africa in June - any vinyard reccomendations?
- Reply by Mosaic Farm, Feb 15, 2010.
Take a visit to the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley (Hermanus) in the Overberg. The whole region is beautiful and will be a great get away from the craziness of Cape Town. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl will be really crowed.
Check out http://www.overbergwine.co.za. They do not have their 2010 information up yet but it will give you an idea of the area. Not to miss:
Hamilton Russell/Southern Right & Bouchard Finlayson - they have the top pinot noir and chardonnays in South Africa
Ataraxia - top chardonnay & wonderful Savignon blanc.
In Stanford: Raka & Springfontein
Place to stay: Mosaic Farm http://www.mosaicfarm.net. I am obviously partial, but it is an exquisite spot. Mosaic is the "selected gem" in Frommer's South Africa for the area. If you are looking for a get away, it is the spot. Fabulous food and all the World Cup Matches will be shown in the 1892 Spoohuis Restaurant on a large screen projection screen. There is a great wine cellar with highlights from the Overberg Region and Stellenbosch.
If you are passing through Stellenbosch, my favorite place is Waterford Winery.
- Reply by MsWino, Mar 16, 2010.
Take the road less travelled and enjoy some hidden gems on the longest wine route in South Africa! A must see is Rusticus Wine Cellar - see www.rusticus.co.za - this small producer still uses antique wine making equipment and the charm and charisma of this small boutique cellar comes through on their fantastic wines, all of which are well rates in South Africa's Platter Guide.They are most well known for their barrel fermented Viognier.
Other stops to enjoy on this wine route ...Visit Arendsig Winery in Bonnievale (www.arendsig.co.za) for a beautiful Chardonnay & very elegant Shiraz.
For more info see www.robertsonwinevalley.com
- Reply by dmcker, Mar 16, 2010.
Hermanus area is a good call. Other things beyond wine in the area, too, alongside the ocean.
What, no visit to Kruger or other wildlife refuge?
- Reply by Badsberg, Mar 16, 2010.
Also don't forget one of the most picturesque wine routes in South Africa - situated just an hour away from Cape Town along the N1...the Breedekloof is the gateway to the Breede Valley region & an outdoor enthusiast's paradise!
In our region, wine tasting is definitely the most popular pastime, being offered at most of the 24 wineries situated in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini & Breede River areas.
Come & visit Badsberg Wine Cellar for our charismatic Chardonnay Sur Lie, beautiful Belladonna (a Bordeaux Blend) and our champion natural sweet & dessert wines!
Accommodation is no problem, as we are situated next to the Goudini Spa Holiday Resort & you can also stay in the beautiful Die Eike Guesthouse near Boshimela Restaurant.
Hope to see you soon!
- Reply by amour, Mar 17, 2010.
Actually Hermanus, a coastal town, is near to where I am suggesting....
as usual, dmcker and I tend to be on the same page (if not the same score!) smileeeeeeeeeee!
Yes, WALKER BAY area (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley...means Heaven and Earth) and specifically the boutique winery, BOUCHARD FINLAYSON,established in 1989, by Finlayson in conjunction with a Frenchman called Bouchard.
Their flagship wine is GALPIN PEAK and they produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Keep this location in mind and let us know if you did visit it, please.