Luxury, food and wine in South Africa
With one of the best Winelands the world over, South Africa’s Western Cape is a connoisseur’s dream destination. The Cape Winelands have long been a popular destination with travellers to South Africa, but coupled with a host of new and exciting fine dining restaurants (as well as the more established eateries), it really is a gourmand’s paradise!
Laying claim to the heart of the fine fare and wine industry is Franschhoek, an hour’s drive from the heart of Cape Town. This valley was originally cultivated by the French Huguenots and is the zenith for Cape architecture, time-honored vines and an accompaniment of restaurants, delis and al fresco cafes.
Visiting the wine farms dotted across the steep valley is the ideal day-time activity in this area. Stopping to savour the great varietals produced here along its wine route are a highlight, but punctuating this with a visit to one of the award-winning restaurants in the region cannot be forgotten.
For those travellers looking to experience this beautiful town from a different perspective, there’s always a trip on the Wine Tram! This hop-on hop-off service rolls through the vineyards, allowing its passengers to jump off and enjoy any wine farm of their liking on its route.
Staying in Cape Town, travellers will also enjoy the luxury of the V&A Waterfront. Surrounded by top-end hotels, this shopping complex birders on the working harbour of the city and is home to both major international fashion labels as well as local designers. Here, travellers can spend hours picking up local finds and enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the harbour.
Moving deeper into the heart of Cape Town, the Constantia Valley offers the proximity some travellers desire when searching for their favourite new wine. Five star hotels strewn across this valley, with fine dining restaurants adjacent are what the area is known for.
Some top restaurants and wine farms to visit in Cape Town and surrounds include:
• The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenhort
• Mondiall Kitchen & Bar at the V&A Waterfront
• Indochine at Delaire Graff Wine Estate
• La Colombe in Constantia
• Bombay Brasserie at The Taj Cape Town
• Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson
• The Test Kitchen
• The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français
• Pierneef à La Motte