If you enjoy a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc or a rich and robust Shiraz, you will be pleased to know that it is almost harvest time in the Western Cape of South Africa!
The blue skies have arrived, the need for factor 50 sun cream is almost upon us, and while the summer harvest doesn’t officially kick off until the end of January, those who enjoy the magnificent New World Wines that South Africa has to offer, are already rolling up their trousers in preparation for some foot stomping, grape squashing action!
If you have never experienced the joy of jumping barefoot into a barrel of ripe and juicy grapes, you don’t know what you are missing, and if you fancy squishing next year’s Pinot Noir through your very own toes, you will find numerous opportunities at the Cape Winelands Grape Harvest.
During the months of January, February and March, many wineries in Western Cape celebrate the annual harvest with a range of events, including lunches, picnics and farmers markets, so there is plenty to occupy those who do not like the thought of being knee-high in Merlot.
Dining is always a pleasure in the Cape Winelands, and with glorious sunshine almost guaranteed, you can dine alfresco amongst the vines while enjoying one of the many fine wines that this region of South Africa has to offer.
If you want to be right in the midst of all the action, now is the perfect time to reserve your hotel at one of the exquisite boutique properties in Stellenbosch, Paarl or Wellington. Offering superior accommodation, great service, and quite often, direct access to the vineyards, the hotels in this region are in a league of their own.
Those staying in Cape Town can reach the Cape Winelands Harvest events by train, taxi or car, but unless you are an absolute “teetotaller”, we would have to recommend leaving the car behind…Cheers!