The sprawling valleys of South Africa?s Western Cape are home to some of the world?s most luxurious wine estates. Discover the vintage wines of Groot Constantia or enjoy an evening of pampering at the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. Escape from the city and have a getaway to remember at one of these top five luxury wine estates.
Situated in the upmarket suburb of Constantia in Cape Town, this wine estate has won a grand total of 36 gold awards in the past 10 years, and it?s not hard to see why. Groot Constantia prides itself on producing high quality estate wines and classic vintage variations that are sure to delight the most distinguished palates. Despite dating back to the late 15th Century, the wine cellars are wonderfully contemporary and tours are available every day from 10am ? 4pm.
If you?re looking for the ultimate in indulgence you can?t get much better than this. The 5 star Lanzerac Hotel & Spa has luxurious guest rooms and a lavish wellness spa with the added extra of a top quality winery. Credited with producing the world?s first Pinotage, the Lanzerac wine estate has earned its fair share of awards and accolades. Take a trip to the testing room to try the latest wines along with a selection of top quality cheeses or a range of divine hand-made chocolate by Tomes.
3. La Motte
Nestled in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, La Motte is home to some of South Africa?s finest wines. It also happens to be a wine estate with a conscience. As a ?thank you? to their life-long supporters, La Motte helped to create a modern village for the workers and their families to live in. As well as creating some of the most delicious wines in the world, the estate cultivates a variety of flowers including the rare ?Blushing Brides? which are native to the Franschhoek Valley.
Enjoy peace and utter tranquillity at the Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West. Having achieved over 200 awards in the past decade, this wine estate has certainly earned its grape-growing stripes. In the sweltering summer months, visitors can enjoy a delicious lunch on the Rose Terrace Bistro patio which is sheltered by gorgeous Liquid Amber trees. While you?re there, be sure to have a sip of the estate?s flagship wine, the fruity Vergelegen V, or try one of its distant cousins, the Vergelegen White Blend.
Nestled against the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein and the magnificent Simonsberg Mountains, the Boschendal wine estate couldn?t have a more beautiful location.
The estate produces a number of premium wines with a focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz varieties. Take a tour of the vineyards and gaze in wonder at the stunning scenery that surrounds you on all sides. If you have some time to spare, stroll around the internationally acclaimed Rose Garden to see the rare species of flowers that flourish in the valley.
Kerry Harding is Business Manager at Enjoy Bed and Breakfast.