• Kim Rabe

What to do in the winelands this spring

Springtime in Cape Town

Enjoy new seasonal menus

It has become increasingly frowned upon to serve foods that are out of season and therefore carry a larger carbon footprint and quite frankly don’t taste as ripe and delicious. Instead the Cape's culinary elite have really embraced a focus on fresh local produce and with that we welcome all of their new spring menus. Things to look out for include asparagus, artichokes, avocados, beetroots, spinach and waterblommetjies. Fruits include the Cape gooseberry, guava, melons, strawberries and kumquats.

Fresh farm produce

Go strawberry picking

The strawberry season is a short one, September-December so head out to one of these Stellenbosch strawberry farms to pick your own or to buy fresh.

Polkadraai Farm www.polkadraaifarm.co.za

Mooiberge Farm www.zetler.co.za/wynland.html

strawberry picking in Stellenbosch

Sip outside at some of the most scenic vineyards

We enjoyed the cosy fireside drinking this winter but now that spring fever is here we are ready to head outdoors. Most vineyards at the Cape have beautiful outdoor tasting facilities, so get outside and warm up in the soft spring sun whilst drinking the finest South African wines.

Starke-Conde wine estate in Stellenbosch

Go hiking in the vineyards

Take advantage of the spring weather and go walking in the winelands, La Motte in Franschhoek, Lourensford in Somerset West and Thelema in Stellenbosch all offer hiking trails. Alternatively head to Spier in Stellenbosch and enjoy one of their self guided tour options which include a walk of the estate, a heritage walk and an art walk. Waterford estate in Stellenbosch offer the porcupine trail, designed at different fitness levels. Explore their vineyards and natural fynbos along with a light lunch and wine tasting

Explore the array of public art and open gardens

Some of the best art is found at our Cape wineries along with beautiful gardens all of which are best enjoyed in the warmer months. Don’t miss…

Grand Provence, La Motte, Babylonstoren , Leeu estates and Boschendal in Franschhoek or.

Vergelegen in Somerset West not to be out done by Delaire Graff or Rustenberg in Stellenbosch

Grande Provence in Franschhoek