Cape Town Tourism reports that most guests enjoying stay in our fair city, whether in a Cape Town hotel , Guest house, or self catering cottage, schedule a visit to the Cape Winelands, with its beautiful scenery and majestic mountain backdrops where rolling vineyards with historic Cape Dutch farmsteads afford a glimpse of our history.
Just a short drive over the mountain from our affordable self catering accommodation is the lovely Constantia Valley; often overlooked by visitors who instinctively travel further afield. Here you will find some of the oldest wine estates historic homesteads including Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia, along with many award winning wines.
The winelands are divided into various different regions, each offering their own 'wine route'. The most popular and well-known are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and Paarl.
I recently came across a new website not only offers holiday accommodation in Cape Town, on Cape wine farms, but has paired this with wine sales and restaurants on the wine farms. I must congratulate Charles Lourens for his innovative approach to providing a service that is bound to be used by many visitors on a holiday in Cape Town as well as those of us who live and love our beautiful Cape.
If you are wanting to go wine tasting (BOTTLE), eat out on a wine farm (PLATE), or spend a night in the winelands (PILLOW) – all the information you need is right at your finger tips with Bottle, Plate and Pillow.
The website www.bottleplatepillow.co.za will allow you to browse for wine sales by region or by cultivar; and offers an amazing variety of choice. At the same time it will provide you with the opening days and times of any of the estates on the various wine routes .
If you want to combine your visit to the Cape wine lands with a gourmet meal or just a picnic, the website will enable you to select a restaurant of your choice by type of cuisine; by location and many other choices that would satisfy the need of anyone looking for a way to further enhance and enjoyable outing to this most beautiful part of South Africa.
You can even find out which days have special offers for pensioners
The website offers many videos of interesting related topics including how wine is made and also illustrates some of the many wine festivals that take place in this area throughout the year.
When planning a visit to the Cape wine lands as part of your South Africa, Cape Town holiday, you can find maps of the wine routes that will enable you to plan your itinerary.
For visitors who have chosen to stay at our affordable self catering Cape Town accommodation, a visit to the wine lands can be a most enjoyable day's outing, as Stellenbosch is just a 30 minute drive along the False Bay coast past the popular surfing beaches of Muizenberg and Strandfontein; a scenic coastal drive next to the beach that is always an enjoyable experience even if you do not have a fixed destination. At the end of this road you cross over the highway into Stellenbosch where your wine lands adventure can begin.
If you are visiting for the eagerly anticipated football World Cup 2010, do try and locate a couple of days for a visit to this lovely area. You should also remember that Cape Town has the so-called secret season which follows immediately after the World Cup when you will find that accommodation rates are more affordable, and the city will be less busy so please contact us at http://www.horizoncotages.co.za if you are looking for cheap accommodation in the winter.