Among my favorite respites is Babylonstoren, one of the oldest and best preserved Cape Dutch farms. It has diverse fruit and vegetable gardens and vineyards sprawled across eight acres of land. Bask in the gorgeous natural expanse as you try the ranch’s variety of state-of-the-art wines.
Housed in an old cow shed fused with modern architecture, Babylonstoren’s Babel Restaurant upholds a farm-to-fork philosophy so menus are always fresh and seasonal—which I absolutely love. Each meal is inventive and unconventional, but its quality of flavor remains consistent at every bite.
A testament to Haute Cabrière’s excellent winemaking philosophy and process, the vineyard’s Chardonnay Pinot Noir converted me into a lover of the zesty fruity drink. Definitely grab a glass of what may be your new favorite vino at the estate’s rustic underground tasting room, as you delight in a wonderful view of Franschhoek Valley.
Another wine to look out for is Haute Cabrière’s Pierre Jourdan Méthode Cap Classique, a local version of French Champagne.
A picturesque wine estate cradled between Constantiaberg and Table Mountain, Constantia Glen stretches on the oldest wine producing region in South Africa. The wine farm produces 100,000 bottles of ultra-premium, cool climate vino (of four varieties) annually.
I swear by Constantia Glen’s flagship wine—Constantia Glen Number 5, a fantastic blend of the five Bordeaux varieties. Pair it with Flammkuchen (German pizza), a fresh summer salad, a cheese and charcuterie platter, or a delectable dessert as you wonder at the vineyard’s marvelous panoramic vistas.