Winelands, The Perfect White Wine Road Trip

A day in the Western Cape Winelands, full of picturesque reliefs, lush nature, shining sun, beautiful roads… It is also the area where more than 10 million hectoliters of wine are produced every year! And the white ones represent 55% of the whole production.

Enjoy our Carte blanche  for a one-day journey amongst the vineyards, that will make you see (drink) the glass half full. Your day begins at L’Avenir Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. This property is an icon of beauty in the region: a vast stretch of vineyards surrounded by impressive mountains under a radiant blue sky.

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You will learn all the ins and the outs of the wine making process. A great way to make your wine tasting even more enriching. You will have the opportunity to exchange views about each grape varietal.  And eventually would you be able to spot the slight touch of apple in their fruity and mineral Chardonnay 2006 ?

You will then be expected at Rust En Vrede Wine Estate for an unforgettable lunch experience: the “estate experience menu” is a gastronomic meal set in the shades of centenary oak-trees, paired with a selection of the best South African wines.

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The menu is kept secret, but don’t worry, Rust En Vrede was elected in 2013 as one of the best three restaurants of the country. The dishes and the wines will sublimate each others thanks to authentic white wines produced in Stellenbosch such as “The Eleanor Chardonnay” 2004 vintage from the Hartenberg Wine Estate.

You will spend the rest of the day in the most French-influenced South African town: Franschhoek.

Grande Provence is a splendid estate that bears marks of the country’s history. Spend most of your time in the botanical gardens and visit the Cape-Dutch main house built in 1756 with its astonishing gallery of African contemporary art.

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And of course, you’ll have the opportunity of trying their awarded white wines like the exotic flavored sauvignon blanc 2011, gold medalist of the Michelangelo International Wine Awards of South Africa.

Driving out of Franschhoek, a last wine tasting stop at Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the country.

Will you still be able to identify the flavors of peach and apricot in their amazing Viognier produced on the estate?

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The last sip will be like you’re in a dream, enjoying a Cape Winelands sunset. You might not want to leave this place. If it’s the case, you are more than welcome to  spend the night in one of their spacious Cape Dutch suites…

by Charline Hormann