Category Archives: Winelands & Four Passes

Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl

Grande Roche Hotel

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A place where history interacts with modern comforts...where the atmosphere of a bygone era brings a sense of gracious, unhurried living.

Overlooking a vineyard estate, this elegant hotel with mountain views is 4.2 km from Paarl, and 28.3 km from Stellenbosch.

The upscale, rustic-chic suites have beamed ceilings or thatched roofs, as well as private or semi-private terraces or patios. They come equipped with flat-screen TVs and WiFi access, plus stocked minibars. Some suites have separate sitting areas.

There's a fine-dining restaurant, plus gardens and orchards. Other amenities include outdoor pools, as well as a conference center featuring an open-air amphitheater, and a wedding chapel.

Address: Plantasie Street, Paarl, 7646, South Africa

Vondeling Wines, Paarl

Vondeling Wines

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Vondeling, meaning ‘foundling’, lies on the slopes of the unspoiled and undiscovered Paardeberg mountain, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. Today, an environmentally sensitive approach to farming and minimal intervention during the winemaking process ensure wine with a distinct fingerprint of origin.

Like a chapel out of a fairytale, the steeple of St. Clements rises up over the Paardeberg. Combining old world charm—complete with a thatched roof, handmade stained glass windows and church bells—with modern simplicity and elegance this is a unique and beautiful place to exchange vows.

Wedding receptions can be hosted in the tasting room, which doubles up as a function venue. Inside, high timber ceilings create an elegant space.

The immaculately restored Farm House was originally built in 1740. This historic example of Cape Dutch architecture offers seven luxurious en-suite bedrooms with mountain and garden views.

Heartland Of Pinotage … Wellington Wines

The Heartland Of Pinotage Wines... Wellington Wines

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Our media team became part of the Wellington Wines family for a morning to explore the excellence of Pinotage wines. They are preparing their festivities for the upcoming "World Pinotage Day" on October 8, 2016.

Their #pinotagelongtable is a feast of Pinotage wine pairing (and drinking!) and great food. They treat us with a Pinotage and Pilates session; Pinotage wine pairing with different tastes; a visit to the block of Pinotage vines and a very fine meal with spring rolls and other delicatessens and... Pinotage wine!

Berg River Brewery, Paarl, Winelands

Berg River Brewery, Paarl, Winelands

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This brewery is the partnership of two old friends coming together and doing something they both love. Glenn Grier and Shaun Pentz each bring their own flavour to the brand. They are joined by a Naimibian/German brewmaster, Jörg Finkeldy.

The passion they share for good beer and great company is evident throughout their range of beers.