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Cape Winelands News November 2018

The Cape Winelands are so diverse that a single visit only reveals a tiny fraction of the extensive and interesting experiences. Over the past two months, we have been visiting and exploring these wonderful regions and would like to  introduce our latest recommendations and news to you.

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Uva Mira Mountain Vineyard

Impresses with a fantastic location and the finest handcrafted wines, which are also served in the newly opened Protégé restaurant at Le Quartier Français inFranschoek.

The Mira Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | John Platter 5 Star
D.W. Syrah | Platinum 97 points Decanter World Wine Awards 2018


Spek and Bone

Almost inconspicuously located on Dorp Street in a quiet and charming courtyard, the perfectly balanced wines are served alongside a selection of excellent but rustic small plate dishes to share and indulge in.

Our recommendation
The menu changes frequently, whereby we were smitten with the light yet magically savoury prawn risotto.
Wines include a range of regional gems such as from the Elgin valley.


Van der Stel Manor

As a charming and lovingly restored Cape Dutch guest house at the end of a wide, oak-lined street in a quiet part of the village, it offers warm hospitality, modern rooms and a pool set in the beautifully manicured lawn and rose garden.

Our recommendation
The elegant and spacious Honeymoon Suites on the first floor come with air conditioning, en-suite bathroom and small balcony.

Our Select Offer
from ZAR 990 per person sharing per night including breakfast (to book contact



Delaire Graff

As of 20 December 2018, the estate will welcome guests with an addition of six Superior Lodges and a breath-taking Owner’s Villa, offering more opportunity to enjoy the luminous beauty of Delaire Graff Estate. These new Lodges will feature unrestricted views of the vineyards and mountains. The centrepiece will be the new four-bedroom Villa, the largest available accommodations on the property. It has been constructed to meet the diverse demands of guests arriving from all over the world and accommodating multigenerational travellers. It boasts a 14-metre heated swimming pool, Jacuzzis, an entertainment centre and an expansive view of the Stellenbosch Valley and majestic mountain range beyond.

One of the most extravagant ways to enjoy a recommended 3-night stay is through soaking up the sumptuous offerings at the newly-refurbished Delaire Graff Spa. Situated in an atmosphere of the utmost luxury and peace, the Spa contains four tawny-hued suites, awash with natural light.

Our recommendation
Wine tastings and gourmet cuisine at the Delaire and Indochine restaurants complete the experience of a perfect stay in the Winelands.

Our Select Offer
from ZAR 6 990 per person sharing per night including a gourmet breakfast, Delaire wine tasting, sundowner snacks and Methode Cap Classique  (to book contact

Delaire Graff


Backsberg Sustainibly Farmed

Backsberg is unique in that it is the only South African winery and one of three in the world that is carbon neutral.

Pumphouse Shiraz 2016 | Platinum 96 Points Michelangelo 2018
Family Reserve Red 2016 | TM Mercurey French Style Trophy 2018


Protégé Restaurant

As the newest restaurant under the guidance of the well-known La Colombe restaurants, the hotel serves creative, affordable cuisine on generous tapas plates in the pleasantly shaded courtyard of the Le Quartier Hotel.  In addition to breakfastt enjoy snacks, cocktails and Methode Cap Classique throughout the day.

Our recommendation
Mullineaux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc and Fable Mountain Jackal Bird


Le Petit Manoir

Located in the center of town, this gem of a boutique hotel entices with only 4 suites and as an ideal starting point to explore Franschhoek on foot and the surrounding wineries with the Wine Tram. All rooms have an extra-long king-size bed, en-suite bathroom, Nespresso machine with complimentary tea and coffee, minibar, fireplace, safe, air conditioning, telephone and Wi-Fi.

 Our recommendation
Depending on the weather the chef will prepare a BBQ feast in the hotels quaint garden.

Our Select Offer
from ZAR 1 790 per person and night sharing including breakfast (to book contact

Le Petit Manoir
Le Petit Manoir


Creation Wines

Creation is a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and is committed to the conservation ofthe natural heritage through long-term biodiversity and sustainability programs. The winery is also one of only nine properties in South Africa to receive the coveted EnviroWines accreditation.

Creation’s vines climb the 450 million-year-old shale and loamy clay soils of the Babylon Toren Mountain, 350 meters above sea level, where they thrive in ample sunlight and a breeze from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

Creation the Art of Pinot Noir | John Platter 5 Star
Creation the Art of Chardonnay | part of Decanter’s top 10 South African Chardonnays
Whale Pod Syrah Merlot | Most Innovative Wine Estate in South Africa 2016 & 2017


Gabriëlskloof Restaurant

Lunch features traditional South African dishes with modern farm-style ingredients. In summer, seating outside offers the chance to enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding hills.

Our recommendation
The tasting of the Landscape series with a Chenin Blanc (Swartland grapes),aSemillion / Sauvignon Blanc (Franschhoek & Overberg grapes), a Syrah (Overberg sandstone grapes), a Syrah (Overberg slate grapes) and a Cabernet Franc (Overberg grapes)


Rouxville Country House

In Rouxwil, a beautiful rural and owner-run estate, two worlds meet: modern, luxurious comfort and genuine hospitality on a lovely, African Overberg farm. The 5 spacious and elegantly appointed Luxury Hillside Suites offer absolute seclusion yet all the modern comforts you expect.

Each room has a well-stocked honesty bar, tea and coffee making facilities, a small kitchenette, binoculars, hair dryer, white fluffy bathrobes, down comforters, electric blankets in winter, airconditioning / heating and mini hi-fi system with CD player. The bathroom with bath and separate shower is surrounded by stone courtyards with soothing water features. From your private veranda you can enjoy panoramic views over the picturesque valley and the charming farm dam, which is seasonally covered with fragrant water flowers.

An inviting pool offers refreshing moments or the opportunity to relax on the wooden deck with a glass of excellent Methode Cap Classique or a book. In winter, the main lounge entices with its open fireplace and a little library.

Breakfast is a treat in the cosy kitchen of the main house and the perfect way to start your day of Overberg sightseeing.

Owners Thys and O’nel are both keen wine connoisseurs so indulge in sunset-style drinks and snacks, either in nature or on your patio. In the evening, guests enjoy pre-dinner drinks with lively and interesting chats and a gourmet dinner in the main building.

Our recommendation
With its central location, the area offers whale sightings in nearby Hermanus, wine tastings in the Franschhoek valley, the Arabella estate with a golf course and spa, the small artist village of Greyton, Genadendal as the oldest German mission in South Africa and Agulhas as the southernmost point of Africa.

Our Select Offer
from ZAR 915 per person and night sharing including breakfast (to book contact