A few weekends ago I found myself at the Hydro in Stellenbosch for a weekend getaway treat. The Hydro offers all kinds of spa packages and its set amidst the beautiful winelands of the Stellenbosch wine region (40 minutes drive from Cape Town). Walking through the vineyards in between treatments, I was stunned by the truly picturesque sights I was seeing. Below are a few photos I took while walking around the estate. I did a course at Vega offered by Canon in the basics of photography, so I had a great time putting what I learnt to use!
Simonsig is located in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region. As they say on their website, as a wine estate it “upholds the legendary status of pioneering wine excellence shaped by the Malan dynasty’s devotion to quality and innovative winemaking.” Travelling there to film was such a pleasure. We got a beautiful view of the Simonsberg Mountain (after which the wine estate is named) not to mention some even more lovely shots around the estate itself. They are the only wine estate with a working wine cellar, and it was fascinating watching this process! You can see this in the video, along with some other exciting shots we got amongst the wine barrels and their famous restaurant – Cuvee. If you are interested in finding out more about them, check out their website: SIMONSIG WINE ESTATE. I recorded the voice-over in-studio with acclaimed sound engineer Frank Smuts, with whom I record many radio adverts for Algoa FM.
For best viewing quality, make sure to set the viewing settings to 1080p HD by clicking on the cog at the bottom right-hand corner of the video.
‘Breath-taking’ took on a whole new meaning for me recently when I arrived at a secluded spot on a mountain top overlooking Stellenbosch vineyards.
Here in South Africa we are very well-known for our gorgeous wine regions, specifically those in the Western Cape (where I live).
Tourists flock from miles around to tour the famous Stellenbosch wine route- the first and oldest wine route in the heart of the wine producing regions! The route takes you along several winding country roads and patrons stop over at various wine estates along the way. The route represents over 300 wineries. There are a number of sub-routes to make it easier for people to travel it. They are the Bottelary Hills, Devon Valley Vintners, Helderberg and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch. The idea is that people stop off at various estates along the route and enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours, picnicking on the lawns and perhaps a lunch at what is bound to be an award-winning restaurant on the estate.
While shooting a video profile for one of the estates – Warwick Wine Estate- we were given a complimentary gourmet picnic basket and a drive in a 4×4 up a vine-covered hill.
While driving up, all I could see were fields of vineyards stretched before me and stunning views.
It was a perfect experience.
If you don’t already, I recommend that you do more of this kind of excursion – nothing beats a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a killer view!