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  • A luxurious stay on a working wine farm, including three complimentary bottles of the estate wine
  • Beautiful mountainous scenery complements the tasteful accommodation
  • A great base from which to explore the winelands

Aaldering Vineyards & Wines

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 16 years and older

6km from Stellenbosch

 

-33.9164, 18.8244

About

Guests at Aaldering Vineyards will enjoy the tranquillity of a wine estate, while staying in traditional Cape Dutch style lodges that have been renovated into opulent havens of luxury. 

On arrival at this beautiful mountain-fringed property in the Devon Valley, guests are given three complimentary bottles of the estate’s masterfully-crafted boutique wines, to be leisurely savoured throughout their stay. In addition, personal tours of the state-of-the-art cellar, led by the winemaker himself, are included in the rates.

At around 100m2 each, the three lodges provide plenty of space for relaxation, and guests will be pampered by luxuries such as King-size beds, a pillow menu, Nespresso coffee machines, and gorgeous designer en-suite bathrooms. The spacious lounges are equipped with fireplaces to snuggle up to on cold winter’s days, while the kitchenettes have all the bells and whistles needed to prepare meals.

Satisfying the needs of technologically-savvy travellers, an iPad - connected to wireless internet - is provided for free use, and guests can listen to their favourite tunes on the iPod docking station. While the lodges are modern in their amenities, antique furniture and subtle touches of Africa add a warm, homely feel. Guests can also enjoy their wine on the patios, appropriately looking out over the vineyards. 

Built in a more modernistic style, the main lodge overlooks several dams, providing a picture-perfect setting to enjoy a full hot breakfast in the mornings, before guests relax on the terrace, perusing one of the daily newspapers. Afterwards, guests can go for a scenic stroll through the vineyards, where signboards give interesting information on each of the estate’s eight grape varieties. 

The Aaldering family commits to high quality at every stage of the winemaking process, using cutting-edge processes to create their premium produce. In the interests of social responsibility, the estate employs members of the local community, and is one of only ten wineries in South Africa to have been awarded prestigious Enviro Wines status due to its strong environmental and sustainability principles. 

A variety of services are on offer to enhance a stay at Aaldering, including a concierge service dedicated to satisfying every need. Restaurant reservations and tours of the surrounding areas can be arranged on your behalf. Stellenbosch and its variety of historical attractions, interesting shops, restaurants and coffee shops, is a short drive away, while the surrounds play host to nature reserves and a range of outdoor activities. The estate is also well-suited as a base for day trips into Cape Town.

 

Rates & Summary


3 Luxury Lodges

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Lounge with fireplace
Kitchenette
Patio with vineyard and mountain view

Pricing

  • R 1 750 pp sharing per night

Minimum 2 night stay
Rates vary according to season

Catering

Full hot breakfast included

Kids

Children 16 and older are welcome

Why Stay Here?

Aaldering Vineyards & Wines is a working wine estate surrounded by the mountains outside Stellenbosch, and offers supremely luxurious accommodation and a romantic atmosphere, while allowing guests to get a first-hand taste of the estate’s fine produce. Featuring lovely views of vineyards and mountains, the lodges are extremely spacious and epitomise luxurious country-style living with a modern touch. On arrival, guests are given three free bottles of the estate’s carefully crafted boutique wine.

Summary

  • A luxurious stay on a working wine farm, including three complimentary bottles of the estate wine
  • Beautiful mountainous scenery complements the tasteful accommodation
  • A great base from which to explore the winelands

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Wine tasting
  • Vineyard walks
  • Nearby: brandy, chocolate and cheese tasting, nature reserves, cheetah sanctuary, golf courses, hiking trails, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, hang-gliding, abseiling, paintball, canoeing , health spas, museums, art galleries, shopping. 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • No braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Cape Winelands

Western Cape

About

As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.

This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.

The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.

North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.

Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.

In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.

Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.

These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.

Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.

The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.

For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.

Look out for

Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.

Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.

Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.

Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.

River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.

Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.

Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.

Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

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