Ultra-Luxe Winelands Experiences for the Connoisseur

Monday, 25 March, 2019
Visit Winelands Blog, Dawn Jorgensen
The Cape Winelands serves as a natural choice for anybody who appreciates the finer things in life. Be it for an escape from reality as you indulgently fly in for lunch, sip bubbly after a spa treatment, or enjoy an extended stay in a tucked away private villa – the discerning traveler is certain to find what they’re looking for among the vine covered mountains and valleys.

1. High Tea in The Conservatory at Cavalli Estate, Somerset West

Located in the dramatically beautiful Helderberg, Cavalli Estate with its award-winning wine, stylish architecture, manicured gardens and collection of art, has quickly become a well-recognised lifestyle brand. Stretching across over 100 hectares of prime land between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, it is home to 26 hectares of vineyards, 10 hectares of indigenous fynbos gardens and a world class equestrian centre. It is also the best place to go for a decadent high tea.

Served in The Conservatory with its beautifully bright, glass-enclosed private dining area that overlooks the lake, the tea is a wonderfully personalised experience with Chef Michael Deg designing a spread specific to the guest’s preferences. On offer are an array of sweet and savoury treats that include finger sandwiches, bite-sized profiteroles, chocolate and strawberry macarons, carrot and cheese cake, and freshly baked scones with a side of strawberry jam and cream.

All accompanied by the tea or coffee of your choice. Of course, should you prefer a glass of estate wine or Method Cap Classique, that will readily be served.

More Information: http://cavallistud.com/ Reservations essential.


2. Appreciate the work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef at La Motte Estate, Franschhoek

La Motte Wine Estate is found on the approach to Franschhoek, and the Museum here not only offers insight into the Rupert family, focusing on Dr. Anton and Mrs. Huberte Rupert and the musical career of their daughter Hanneli Rupert, but also features the history of La Motte and its magnificently renovated buildings, with a brief review of Cape Dutch architecture. 

But it’s the permanent collection of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef that is housed here, and must be appreciated: ‘A Tribute to the life and art of one of South Africa’s greatest masters, JH Pierneef.’ 

Acquired in 1970 by the late Dr. Anton Rupert, an internationally respected industrialist and committed conservationist. Dr. Rupert and his art-devoted wife played an important role in the preservation of South African art. Today La Motte is one of three wine estates owned by the Rupert family and as much as there has always been a dedication to producing top quality wine and food, it’s the Pierneef collection that shouldn’t be missed.

While there enjoy a meal in the restaurant, a wine tasting, try one of their hiking trails and meander through the sculptor garden. 

More information: https://www.la-motte.com/


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