Category Archives: Winelands & Four Passes

Au d’Hex Estate, Wellington

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Set amongst landscaped rose gardens, the restored Manor House offers 10 luxurious suites and floating jetty, perfect for romantic mini-weddings, and any function.

The owners decided to share this piece of history and transformed the glorious building into a distinguished destination. The Estate, which still trades as a working farm, offers guests the opportunity to experience the annual harvest during the summer months.

But no matter when you visit, you will appreciate a heavenly experience of superior hospitality together with a slice of heritage in tranquility, exclusivity and comfort.

Au d’Hex Estate is also the quintessential wedding venue, with all the necessary amenities, luxury accommodation, five-star catering and a range of venues from which to choose to celebrate the occasion. We also do conferences, high teas, special birthdays, kitchen teas and bridal showers for groups.

Frater Square, Paarl

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Frater Square is a unique shopping experience in Paarl. It combines a relaxed style, natural chic, and a charming village-like ambiance with a buzzing and unique outdoor concept to totally transform traditional expectations of lifestyle and shopping.  Expect to find trendy restaurants, wine shops, decor shops, hair and beauty salons, a travel agent, clothing boutiques for adults and kids, and much more!

 The Frater Square building dates back to 1845, and is part of the farm Hou Moed.  Over the last century, the building was utilized in a variety of ways, including being used as a pack shed for fruit and farm implements.

The location of this historic building – at the entrance of Paarl main road – made it ideal for retail development.  After several years of planning by the owners, Gerard and Yvette Frater, their dream of a lifestyle mall was completed. The renovation was closely monitored to retain the building’s original historical feel, and most materials were recycled and used in the process.

Frater Square Lifestyle Centre is a unique shopping experience you won’t find anywhere else in the beautiful Paarl valley.

Mellasat Vineyards, Paarl

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Mellasat Vineyards was created by the Richardson family in 1996 from the original farm Dekkersvlei which was established in 1693. Located near Paarl, in the heart of South Africa’s famous Winelands just 45 minutes from Cape Town.

The vineyard enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein mountains together with panoramic views of the Paarl and its famous granite domes.

At Mellasat Vineyards we reckon we’re a bit different, which is why you’ll find a white Pinotage amongst our range of award winning wines. To make our wines more accessible we’ve established a tasting center with stunning views of the Paarl valley and the craggy Klein Drakenstein mountains.

And not content to leave it at that we’ve also created a Cemetery of Forgotten Wines in our underground cellar - an interesting and bizarre collection of museum wines that the consumer can interact with.