Top 6 Gifts from the Winelands

Monday, 17 December, 2012
Shante Hutton,
If you're struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift, here's a little guide to some present ideas from the Winelands.

Take a loved one to Villiera for their bubbly and Sally Williams nougat pairing.

Villiera describes how the pairing came about:

"They met at the Taste of Cape Town 2012. Villiera was showing their range of Cap Classiques and Sally Williams had their nougat. There was an obvious synergy between the 2 companies and their product ranges.

Soon afterwards Villiera obtained a range of Sally Williams products and arranged a tasting to determine which of the products went best with the Villiera bubblies.

The compatibility between some of the products was astonishing and it was decided to introduce a bubbly and nougat pairing experience as a permanent feature in our tasting room"

Please Note: Each tasting costs R50 per person and takes place Mondays through to Fridays from 09h00 - 17h00 and Saturdays from 09h00 - 15h00. Tastings are available throughout the year.

Celebrate the bubble!

In the spirit of this month's bubbly inspired Spotlight theme, if on your Christmas list there is a fan of the POP, then this is the book for them.

Dedicated to South Africa's history of making Champagne - known here as Méthode Cap Classique - it features the profiles of prolific MCC makers in South Africa, including 53 makers.

It's a lavish coffee table book that is both beautiful and informative, the perfect companion for a bubbly lover.

Celebrating Méthode Cape Classique’ is available for R300 from Stacked Publications call +27 (0)21 685 2146, or visit


Spa treatments at Clos Malverne.

Treat someone to a relaxing day at the spa in the heart of Devon Valley, away from the world. It's the perfect spot to unwind and they have a large array of packages to suit your Christmas budget and mood.


Enjoy Spier Wine Farm on a Segway.

For something a little different, take a 1 hour tour of the Spier Estate on a Segway. Get back to nature and adhere to the kid inside.

R200pp and for more information, visit the website...


The ultimate wine and food pairing.

If you have someone on your Christmas list who is a foodie and a wine lover then this is the perfect gift.

Treat them to a food and wine pairing course with Katinka van Niekerk. Her knowledge is breathtaking and she will have you marveling at the science behind why certain foods and wines go together and why they don't. At the end of the course, you will be able to confidently take any wine and pair it on a heavenly level.

'Katinka has, over the years, refined and developed this passion, constantly tasting, testing and investigating, all the while compiling an extensive database of notes and a prodigious ‘tasting memory’ of flavours and sensations.'

For more information on her courses and fees, see her website

Treat yourself and your friends to a wine making day at Stellenrust.

Groups from a minimum of 25 people are invited to, by appointment, take part in the ultimate wine making experience.

Starting at around 10h00, guests will be treated to a cool glass of Cap Classique and will meet the owners and learn a little bit of history and heritage of the wine farm.

They will then be taken by tractor to the vineyards to pick their own grapes which they will then stomp in a huge 9 square meter tanks. After a messy afternoon, a shower and a Bolan buffet braai will round of the day.

'To top all this, all stompers receive 12 bottles of their own handmade wine the following year after proper barrel ageing.'

For more information, head to their website