Tourists often don’t realise how many stunning wine farms we have here in South Africa. Cape Town and surrounds (places like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek) are full of beautiful winelands. Vrede en Lust Wine Farm is one such place. And the best part is, it’s only an hour’s drive from Cape Town. What a pleasure! I’m a huge fan of their wine and this is honestly one of the most beautiful wine farms I’ve seen. They have certainly left a lasting impression. The history of Vrede en Lust is a story of passion, vision and resurrection. It goes as far back as 1688 when Flemish merchant, Jacques de Savoye, arrived at the Cape with the French Huguenots. I absolutely love their accommodation also – it’s nice place to go for a romantic weekend away. Am I giving you some good ideas? 😉
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Ok so one of my favourite wine farms of all time is Groot Constantia Wine Estate, located in the Constantia Valley Cape Town. I like it so much that I requested it when I shot my Top Billing interview with Janez. Click HERE to read more about that interview and HERE to see the photos from it. What a pleasure shooting Groot Constantia’s official video profile for Skybok. Here’s putting in a word for Grant Newton, its Marketing Director – absolute legend. The entire estate is a national heritage site and fully operational wine farm. The shoot was smooth and the weather was perfect. Did you know that it’s one of Cape Town’s “Big 6”? – Fellow members are Table Mountain, The V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Cape Point. It’s won over 36 gold medals over the last 10 years in various wine excellence competitions… Now that’s impressive!
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.
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‘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!
Go check out their website http://www.warwickwine.com/
And view more photos Skybok took while shooting the estate HERE