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December 23, 2013

My Top 3 Summer Cape Winelands Spots

Amazing views, a cascading waterfall and divine food... what's not to love about one of my top summer Cape Winelands spots, Cascade Country Manor in Paarl? Image courtesy of www.dei-gratia.co.za 

There is something about sipping a chilled glass of premium white wine on a bright, sunny day, surrounded by acres and acres of gorgeous greenery that simply screams summer in the Cape Winelands.

With our rich and tasty viticultural history and endlessly beautiful estates, it’s quite difficult to choose my favourites but here are my top three Summer Winelands spots:

Cascade Country Manor

Romantic doesn’t even begin to describe this Paarl gem, which boasts an on-site natural cascading waterfall, unparalleled views of the olive groves at the base of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains  and 15 luxury rooms, including a honeymoon suite , complete with a ceiling mirror and other sensual aides.

Often used as a wedding venue, the Manor is owned by Volker and Maika Goetze who were married on the grounds themselves.  In addition to producing their own olive oil (which is also used in their luxurious Spa treatments), this boutique hotel offer a range of outdoor activities, including hiking and mountain bike trails, short drives to nearby historical sites like the Nelson Mandela statue at Groot Drakenstein Prison.

Top tip: When booking your spa treatment, request it for outside, alongside the waterfall, for an all-natural experience!

Location: Cascade Country Manor, Paarl
Contact: +27 (0)21 868 0227
Website: www.cascademanor.co.za

Beau Constantia

Conveniently situated along the City Sightseeing Bus ‘Wine Route so that you can drink and have fun responsibly, this beautiful winery in Constantia truly lives up to its name with breathtakingly vistas and outstanding wines.

If you’re popping by, do try their canapés and wine tasting special. For just R 135, you can savour a variety of delicious themed canapés and five of their superb wines in their amazing tasting room, perched just above the spectacular vineyard.

Did you know?  Beau Constantia produces two premium red blends, each hand-crafted to its own unique style by winemaker, Justin van Wyk and named for family members, Lucca and Aidan.

Location: Beau Constantia, Constantia
Contact: +27(0) 21 794 8632
Website: www.beauconstantia.com

Delaire Graff Estate

This Stellenbosch winery is just one of the decadent stops along the newly launched Foodroutes, South Africa’s first premier online portal for foodies, but definitely my favourite.

Whether you are enjoying a lavishly prepared meal at their restaurants, milling about and admiring the contemporary collection of South African art and sculptures, staying the night in one of their luxurious rooms or simply admiring the amazing views from the terrace, Delaire is worth the drive.

Fun fact: You can book and plan your unique foodie experience and itinerary via Foodroutes.

Location: Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27(0)21 885 8160
Website: www.delaire.co.za

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