The French don’t go anywhere without their wines. So, when they first came to South Africa (Huguenots fleeing persecution) in 1694, you can be sure they had a few vine cuttings up their sleeves. And that was the origin of a wine appellation that is highly sought after by wine enthusiasts all over the world.
It’s not Napa. It’s much older.
It’s not Sonoma. The culture is more exotic and people more diverse.
It’s not the Loire. The sun shines more.
Imagine the landscape: much like a fine blended wine, there is a bit of Bordeaux (centuries-old estates) mixed with Chateauneuf-du-Pape (for its breathtaking scenery). Throw into the mix Cape Dutch manor houses, charming walking towns with wooden churches, and fine cheese and chocolate shops.
But the wine is not yet ready to serve until we have blended in our own creativity. Allow us to offer you a private sommelier. Or help you make more vinously inclined connections with the owners of small estates producing a mere 7,000 bottles a year. Or dine in a private home with one of South Africa’s most famous chefs cooking just for you. Now, you have the perfect blend. It has to age a bit (meaning we need to book early as places fill quickly).
And even if you don’t like wine, there is still so much to see and do: historic towns like Stellenbosch, the foodie capital of Franschhoek, Paarl, and the up and coming area of Swartland.
Exploring the area on horse or bicycle are great ways to experience it all at a different level. Discover the nearby towns filled with antique shops, cafes serving South African sweets and old- world charm. One of South Africa’s finest art museums is here, formed by the private collection of one of South Africa’s wealthiest businessmen.
The French weren’t the only people to settle here. The Dutch came along (in huge numbers) and brought with them their own traditions.
For your special event, we will arrange for you to have dinner in an extremely exclusive, 350-year-old manor house in the heart of the Winelands. Its owner, who will dine with you, is a member of one of South Africa’s oldest wine-producing families. End your day with a nightcap in front of your fireplace or on your balcony.
It is widely known that Napoleon had a hankering for South Africa’s Vin de Constance. And who would want to argue with Napoleon?