One of Franschhoek’s best-kept secrets is the fact that winter is just as lovely as summer. In fact, better, some might argue. While hot afternoons by the pool and leisurely lunches under the oaks are what most visitors come to enjoy, the Western Cape’s cooler months are cherished by locals for their very special charm. Temperatures can drop and the odd bout of rain might fall, but inclement weather is always followed by a string of the kind of blue-sky, sunshiny days made for walks through scenic vineyards and cosy afternoons tasting wine beside a roaring fire.
Spring has finally arrived in the Franschhoek Valley and as winter’s chill makes way for warmer weather, there’s no better time to get out and explore our town’s plentiful charms. Continue reading “Step into spring”
Just 20 minutes to the north of Cape Town lies a wine valley unfamiliar to many, yet replete with its own set of rolling hills, dramatic valleys and terraced vineyards, many of which produce some of the country’s most accoladed wines. Continue reading “Head for the Hills: A day out in Durbanville”
Surrounded by imposing mountain ranges and tucked away in the heart of the winelands, Tulbagh is perhaps the region’s best-kept secret, quietly relishing its status as an undiscovered gem. Continue reading “Tantalising Tulbagh: Exploring Franschhoek’s historic counterpart”
Whilst Franschhoek gets most of the acclaim when it comes to South African wine country, it’s far from being a town in isolation. In fact, just a short drive in each direction reveals a variety of other charming villages and towns, each of which boasts its own distinct character. Continue reading “Picture perfect Paarl – Exploring Franschhoek’s Northerly Neighbour”