The Breedekloof Wine Valley is becoming an increasingly popular attraction for wine-lovers of all varieties, but the region has a lot to offer over and above its extensive wine offerings. With everything from local art to lazy lunch spots, there's plenty to keep you busy should you choose to journey one hour out of Cape Town for your next weekend escape.
Enjoy handcrafted sundowners at Stofberg Family Vineyards
The gin culture in South Africa has boomed over the last two years, with craft distilleries and bars opening throughout the country. This trend is alive and kicking in the Breedekloof Wine Valley, too, where Mariëtte Stofberg of Stofberg Family Vineyards
is distilling her own gin called The Old N1 Fijnbos Gin. Surrounded by panoramic views of the mountains and vineyards, guests are invited to sample this handmade gin, which is infused with buchu and honeybush, and served with a craft blue, pink or white tonic water for only R20.
Relax with a hearty Sunday lunch at Opstal
If you like Sunday lunch, you'll be hard pressed to find a better offering than at Opstal
. For only R95 per person, you'll get generous portions of tender leg of lamb, Asian pork, roast potatoes and pumpkin fritters.
Stop in at the Kirabo Private Cellar for a wine pairing with a sweet twist
We know we said this list wouldn't contain wine, but because this tasting is so unique, we couldn't leave it out. Kirabo Private Cellar
's cupcake and wine pairing is certainly one-of-a-kind and, for those who aren't into wine or cupcakes, the estate also has a craft Broers Brew beer that is equally delicious.
View exquisite art at Slanghoek Art Gallery
Slanghoek Art Gallery
exhibits the works of a number of acclaimed and upcoming South African artists. After browsing beautiful artworks, dive into delectable local cuisine at the resort's café while you mull over what next to add to your art collection.
Visit the spectacular Bosjes chapel
You can't go to the Breedekloof Wine Valley without visiting Bosjes
. Designed by architect Coetzee Steyn of Steyn Studio, the Bosjes chapel has a dramatically curved, flowing roof that makes the entire building appear to float on two large ponds of water. Find out more about the estate and chapel, here