The Cape Winelands is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most beautiful regions. Famed for its rolling green vineyards, laden with bountiful vines and framed by the iconic mountain ranges of the Western Cape, it’s long been known as the perfect place to sample some of the finest wines around. However, there is so much more to do in this expanse of land blessed by Mother Nature. Instead of drinking (or before or after your vino extravaganza), why not try one or two of the following activities? We have provided 4 things you can do to enjoy the Cape Winelands:
1. Fine dining
If you’re looking for gourmet cuisine, look no further than the Cape Winelands. There are more than a few places at which to tempt your taste buds, each offering something unique that you’re sure to remember for quite some time. Expertly and freshly prepared, the meals that come from eateries like Babylonstoren, Foliage and The Tasting Room will take you on a gastronomic journey that is sure to leave you satisfied. If you don’t really have time to sit down and eat, try and biltong and wine pairing at Marianne Wine Estate. The views are phenomenal, and you’ll still get to experience the true essence of the Cape Winelands.
2. Treat yourself at one of the markets
There are a number of weekend markets scattered throughout the Cape Winelands. At each of these, you are sure to find a variety of handmade goods and home-cooked foods, many of which are Cape Town delicacies. Apart from this, however, you’ll be presented with plenty of arts and crafts, each with a uniquely South African twist. And the best part about markets is the fact that you can easily bargain the prices of many coveted goods down to something more affordable.
3. Find something to read
A number of spots along the Cape Winelands have some old bookstores fully stocked with all the classics. If you enjoy a bit of reading, or you think you’d quite enjoy absorbing the pages of a good, juicy book under a tree on some of the most beautiful lawns around, be sure to stop in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. There are plenty of charming, independently-owned bookstores for you to browse around in.
4. Go flying
There is nothing quite like looking at things from a new perspective. What better way to look at the world than from above? Flying over the Cape Winelands is the kind of experience that will leave you breathless. Being able to look at all of the region’s beauty from above is something truly special. Taking a chartered helicopter flight over the Winelands with some of your best friends is possible through companies like NAC Helicopters, who go the extra mile to make sure guests have the most enjoyable experience possible.
And once you’ve filled your day in the Cape Winelands with these activities, why not treat yourself to a glass of one of the esteemed vineyards’ finest vintages? Go on, you deserve it.