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Karusa Premium Wines & Craft Brewery
22 Dec 2015
 
     

Made by nature - nurtured by man. Karusa is a family-operated premium wine producer and the first full-grain micro beer brewery in the Klein Karoo. Karusa is situated in the foothills of the majestic Swartberg in the tranquil and scenic Cango Valley in Schoemanshoek, close to Oudtshoorn. The farm is en route to the famous Cango Caves. Karusa is within close driving distance of many accommodation establishments, as well as other well-known tourism attractions. Various options may be booked at Karusa Vineyards…

(GPS coordinates: -33.476749, 22.242698)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/karusa-premium-wines-craft-brewery

Vinehopper Southern Route - Day Pass
14 Dec 2015
 
     

The Vinehopper is a hop-on, hop-off service on the Stellenbosch Wine Route for those with an inquisitive mind, healthy appetite and a sense of humour. The Southern Route highlights the differences in the types of farms in the Stellenbosch Region, from the big and well-known Spier to the smaller, privately owned Bilton. You can decide if you would like to go to all six estates or spend more time at a few of your favourites. You will also experience something different on this route by visiting the Van Ryn Brandy Cellar and the Cape Raptor world at Spier. This Route can be booked for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays...

(GPS coordinates: -33.933604, 18.856137)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/vinehopper-southern-route-day-pass

The Cape Malay Cooking Safari
12 Nov 2015
 
     

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s term “The Rainbow Nation” perfectly describes the Bo-Kaap. This historical area in downtown Cape Town contains a cultural diversity that ranges from Southeast Asia to northwest Africa and Europe. Your guide will share the colourful history of its people, their traditions, the architecture and, most important, the food as you take a gentle stroll around the area. The highlight is a visit to a local family home, where you will participate in a hands-on, fun-filled cooking session and demonstration...

(GPS coordinates: -33.921462, 18.415065)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/cape-malay-cooking-safari

Private Cheese and Wine Tour
6 Nov 2015
 
     

Wine and food go together like 'love and marriage'... In fact, wine is the perfect accompaniment to 'many good things' in life. Wine Desk has designed some speciality tours, some of which focus on wine and food, while others are themed around certain styles of wines. There are many excellent cheese-producing wine estates in the Western Cape, and this full day tour is a wonderful outing for visitors who have a fondness for good cheese with their wines. The tour includes collection and drop-off, a wine specialist guide and air-conditioned luxury transport with an optional lunch at a restaurant that has a particular focus on cheese...

(GPS coordinates: -33.903761, 18.407715)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/private-cheese-and-wine-tour

Afternoon Stellenbosch Wine Excursion
3 Nov 2015
 
     

Departing from Cape Town at 2pm, this tour covers three fantastic Stellenbosch wine estates: Meerlust, producer of the Rubicon, South Africa's first Bordeaux-style wine; Jordan, with its classic Chardonnay and gorgeous views; and the boutique Peter Falke winery, where you can leave your worries behind you. This tour offers wines for all tastes and returns to Cape Town at about 7pm. Included is collection and drop-off at one of 2 meeting points, a wine specialist guide with air-conditioned luxury transport, and all standard tastings...

(GPS coordinates: -33.933622, 18.856141)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/afternoon-stellenbosch-wine-excursion

Vinehopper Northern Route - Day Pass
21 Oct 2015
 
     

The Vinehopper is a full-day hop-on, hop-off service on the Stellenbosch Wine Route for those with an inquisitive mind, healthy appetite and a sense of humour. The Northern Route has spectacular views of the Winelands and you can enjoy the splendour of the Western Cape. This route also offers some great restaurants and wines to be enjoyed! You will visit the following six farms on the Northern Route. Remember, you can decide if you want to go to all six estates or just visit a few and stay longer at certain farms. This route can be booked on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays...

(GPS coordinates: -33.933604, 18.856137)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/vinehopper-northern-route-day-pass

Local is Lekker Cape Tour
6 Oct 2015
 
     

Tempt your tastebuds on a full day 'authentic Cape' wine tour. Visit four wineries/distilleries and enjoy tasty South African food along the way. South Africa has become a major player in the world wine scene, and on this tour you will have the chance to visit many of the wineries that are making a splash in the global wine market. This tour is called ‘Lekker’, which is Afrikaans for tasty, nice, fun and great. By the end of the day, you'll understand why...

(GPS coordinates: -33.903761, 18.407715)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/local-lekker-cape-tour

Sophie's Choice Coffee Shop
18 Sep 2015
 
     

If there is one thing that makes us peevish, it’s a bad cappuccino. It’s not that hard, after all: grind the beans properly, don’t over fill the portafilter, and don’t boil the milk. Yet, few establishments can be bothered to get it right. Imagine our surprise then, to find the perfect cappuccino in the dusty little Karoo town of Willowmore! Paired with a moist carrot cake, and a delectable pumpkin cheese cake, it was the perfect respite from the long drive between Cape Town and Graaff-Reinet. The food is apparently outstanding (so we are told - we never got further than the obesity of cakes)...

(GPS coordinates: -33.294992, 23.48664)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/sophies-choice-coffee-shop

Swissland Cheese
1 Sep 2015
 
     

Swissland Cheese is in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands - in a setting akin to the rolling hills of Switzerland, dotted with white goats. Having started as a humble farm stall on the side of the road, the cheesery has made a name for itself as one of the premier places to acquire delectable local cheeses along the Midlands Meander. Patrons can watch the entire cheese-making process, or simply indulge in the results. The vast lawns and beautiful scenery are perfect for picnics...

(GPS coordinates: -29.406657, 30.074794)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/swissland-cheese

Nottingham Road Brewery
17 Aug 2015
 
     

The renowned beers produced at Nottingham Road Breweries are the ultimate taste of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Tucked away amidst the trees, along wooden walkways, the gleaming vats look quite at home. The historic Rawdons Hotel Estate has a cosy pub that is the ideal place to sample the beers produced at South Africa’s most notable micro-brewery. Visitors can arrange guided tours of the brewery in advance and even meet the brew masters...

(GPS coordinates: -29.374144, 30.010904)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/nottingham-road-brewery

Imhoff Farm
9 Aug 2015
 
     

Imhoff Farm is a historical farmstead set amidst the scenic surroundings of Kommetjie. It is a popular destination for family outings – and with good reason. The farm has three restaurants, organic food and craft stalls selling local products, and lots of entertainment for children. The farm is open seven days a week and there is ample, safe parking available...

(GPS coordinates: -34.143173, 18.351674)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/imhoff-farm

Ronnie's Sex Shop
7 Aug 2015
 
     

Ronnie’s Sex Shop sounds like an icon along the highways of America’s mid-west rather than a platteland curiosity on Route 62 in South Africa’s Little Karoo. Contrary to what the name implies, it has nothing to do with the goings-on usually associated with a brothel, although there is the odd suggestive item within. It is, in fact, a novelty country bar that has become a regional legend of international renown. So much so that it has almost become a compulsory stop for travellers along the route...

(GPS coordinates: -33.778893, 20.93223)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/ronnie's-sex-shop

Wild Oats Farmer's Market
28 Jul 2015
 
     

The best-known icon of Sedgefield must be the Wild Oats Farmer’s Market that is held each Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am in summer, and 8am to 11.30am in winter. It was inspired by good old-fashioned village life and is the place to head to for an enjoyable shopping experience. Get there early to ensure the best selection from the 60-odd stallholders that include purveyors of foods that are organic, innovative, healthy, pure, and some unhealthy but oh-so-delicious...

(GPS coordinates: -34.009861, 22.778778)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/wild-oats-farmer’s-market

Solms-Delta Wine Estate
24 Jul 2015
 
     

Not your ordinary wine estate, Solms-Delta is at heart a philanthropic enterprise, which also produces wonderful, unusual wines. In an industry that, despite huge strides to address historical injustices to people and land ownership, remains largely feudal, Solms-Delta is the poster child for social justice and restitution. The genuine intent on the part of the farm’s owners to acknowledge and honour the socio-historical heritage of the Delta and its people makes this farm a special and heart-warming place to visit...

(GPS coordinates: -33.864073, 18.989782)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/solms-delta-wine-estate

Groot Constantia & Constantia Winelands
7 Jul 2015
 
     

Constantia’s vineyards are the oldest in South Africa, dating from the 1600s. Groot Constantia is among the oldest of them all. It was established in 1685 on the farm of the governor of the Cape Colony at the time, Simon van der Stel. After Van der Stel’s death in 1712, his estate was divided and sold off as separate wine estates. Today these eight estates - Groot Constantia, High Constantia, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg Vineyards, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen and Eagle’s Nest Wines - make up the Constantia winelands...

(GPS coordinates: -34.029651, 18.420049)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/groot-constantia-constantia-winelands

10 Reasons to Visit Signal Gun Winery
17 Jun 2015
 
     

10 Reasons to Visit Signal Gun Winery

Robert Peters for Cape Town Tourism

I’m a sucker for anything unique to do in Cape Town. So, when we recently visited Signal Gun Wine Estate, I was very impressed with all they have to offer for these 10 reasons.

1. LOCATION 

When you think wine farms, the first area that comes to mind isn’t exactly Durbanville. All the more reason why I love that Signal Gun is located here. It’s not as busy as the usual wine routes and it offers great views for all to enjoy.

2. THEMED EVENINGS 

Whether you visit Signal Gun on a Tuesday or on a Saturday, you will find fun themed evenings to suit all tastes at Ke-Monate restaurant on the farm. Tuesdays are Indian themed, so think curries and spicy treats. Wednesdays you get tasty Italian food, while Thursday brings some Mexican-themed treats your way. Each of these come paired with recommended wines to compliment the food on offer. The free-beer-Fridays sounds great with a free 350 ml beer with any pizza, and Saturdays offers up a fantastic deal of two standard pizzas for R120.

3. MONTHLY EVENTS 

Depending on what’s going on, there are some really cool monthly events happening at Signal Gun. For example, the farm is participating in the upcoming Soup, Sip and Bread weekend organised by the Durbanville Wine Route, as well as hosting special events for Father’s Day and Youth Day.

4. OWN CRAFT BEER AND TOFFEE 

Signal Gun recently started its own microbrewery and developing its own brand of craft beer called Hoogeberg. There are two different types on offer. Namely, the Bonte Bok Cream Ale and the Yster Vark Hybrid Lager. Signal Gun also makes its own toffee with wine directly from the farm.

5. UNIQUE PAIRINGS 

There are some really unique pairings on offer from Signal Gun. Give the pizza and wine paring a go. You get four smaller sized pizzas with four glasses of wine perfectly paired to it. If you’re more of a biltong and beer person, then head to the tasting room to get that pairing.

6. GAME DRIVES ON HOOGEBERG HILL 

It’s not exactly the Big Five, but we think it’s pretty cool that you get to see some Eland, black wildebeest, springbok, zebra, grey ‘ribbok’, bontebok and smaller creatures such as dassies, tortoises and some cool birds. When the skies are clear, there are amazing views of Stellenbosch, the Strand, Simon's Town, Table Mountain, the harbour and Robben.

7. GREAT WINE TASTINGS 

Of course, it wouldn’t be wine farm without a wide variety of wine tasting options. Prices vary depending on what you want and for a small extra charge, you can keep your tasting glass. If you buy wine from the tasting room, you get a free tasting.

8. FAMILY OWNED AND RUN 

This is one of the only family owned and run wineries in the valley. The de Wit family who run the farm are extremely hands-on in the business and ensure that the quality of everything is up to scratch.

9. CANON FIRING 

On the first Saturday of every month, the original canon that used to sit on the hill is fired. If you get there in time, you can watch (and hear) it happen!

10. FAMILY FRIENDLY 

There are wide open grassy spaces for children to run around and, depending on the weather, a jumping castle is set up over weekends. Perfect for those with kids!

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