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Drink and dine in Cape winelands

Old and new, renowned and little-known, the Cape offers a diverse bouquet of wineland destinations to visit and enjoy.

Altydgedacht boasts one of the oldest working cellars in the Cape winelands.

Fifth-generation custodians the Parker family are modest, down-to-earth hosts who offer less common wines such as gewürztraminer, barbera and a great white blend along with good pinotage and more.

[email protected] is a suitably rustic restaurant, open for breakfast and lunch six days a week. Enjoy informal al fresco fare that includes Med platters, pot pies, burgers and wraps.

The farm is open for tastings and sales until 5pm on weekdays, 3pm on Saturdays. Call 021 976 1295 or visit www.altydgedacht.co.za

Adrian Vanderspuy, an SA expatriate based in Switzerland, has released his first commercial vintages, which are made at the large cellar at Glenelly.

There’s an oaked chenin, a classic chardonnay and a trio of reds, all of which have been well received here and overseas.

Toby, the Jack Russell, will welcome you as enthusiastically as the two-legged staff.

Here winemaking partners JC Martin and Christoph Kaser, with marketing whizz Carolyn Martin, perform their magic, producing wines that are attracting just deserts in the form of awards and accolades, locally and in Europe.

Their chardonnay, pinot and viognier cannot be missed, and there’s a second tier, Whale Pod, that is excellent value. The tapas and snacks are carefully matched to each label.

There are three ranges of wines to try in the old fort, and fine fare awaits in the gabled farmstead that is home to Hilda’s Kitchen. Here chef Debbie McLaughlin presents a small but varied menu of consistently good fare. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday but the cellar is open every day.

There’s a game drive for sightings of a variety of antelope, plus quagga and black wildebeest, which includes a tour through the vineyards to a high point with views to Table Mountain.

There are also food and wine-pairing options and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. They tempt visitors with a generous picnic selection – Flavours of the Cape, vegetarian and children’s – with mineral water and bubbly thrown in, priced from R65 to R155 and available seven days a week until March. Order your basket two days in advance on 021 862 3104 or visit www.nederburg.co.za

It has made huge strides in the past few years and now offers dining options, functions, accommodation and two ranges of wines.

The latest option is a wine pairing and tapas platter in the Gatehouse. This is in addition to the stylish “picnics” (R145) where diners are seated at tables and children are well catered for.

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