If January dog days are weighing you down, look ahead to February when there will be a host of cheerful options on the winelands calendar. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday, several venues are inviting winelovers to indulge in a weekend of romantic celebration from February 11 to 12.
The Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl has an extra reason to fill their fine flutes with bubbly as they are marking their 20th anniversary this year.
They have organised a romantic event for February 11 when visitors are invited to choose their aperitifs and settle on the lawn under starry skies to background music. Their picnics start with smoked salmon, go on to droë wors and biltong, salad, cheese and crackers, cake and fruit, after which guests take their seats at the amphitheatre for a screening of the classic movie Grease.
It’s a venue where, given the fragrance from the rose garden and the warmth of a Boland night, romance should bloom.
For those wanting to make a weekend of it, there are few places more romantic than the suites in this splendid hotel. The picnic and movie cost R270 a head. To book, e-mail [email protected] or call 021 863 5100.