• Boulders Beach (TMNP)

    Nestled in a sheltered cove between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, Boulders has become world famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins and magnificent wind sheltered, safe beaches. Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird (Spheniscus demersus) can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment.From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3 000 in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which for part of the penguins’ diet. Boulders forms part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMPNP), which incorporates Table Mountain and the Peninsula mountain chain from Signal Hill to Cape Point. The area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders. The most popular recreational spot is Boulders Beach – recently voted one of the best 50 beaches in Africa – see blog. The penguins are best viewed from Foxy Beach, where newly-constructed boardwalks take visitors to within a few metres of the birds.  

  • Bartinney Private Cellar

    Bartinney is set on the dramatic slopes of Botmaskop alongside the Helshoogte Pass overlooking the picturesque Banhoek Valley. Michael and Rose Jordaan repurchased the 27ha family farm in 2006, with a vision to create excellent wines and reawaken the charm of the historic land. “Our belief is that every aspect must work in harmony: agriculture with nature, people with animals, sustainability with excellence.” Bartinney is Carbon Neutral. This means that a zero carbon footprint in both farming and wine making has been achieved. 50% of Bartinney’s power is generated through solar. The farm has had Champion status in the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) since September 2010. Rose is a founder member and Trustee of the Banhoek Conservancy, whose goal is for the social upliftment of the poorer communities in Banhoek and environmental improvement of the natural areas of the greater Banhoek Valley. You might want to try their Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Vintage Elevage 2010. Wine tasting at the Tasting shed are R30 per person for three Bartinney wines. Mon – Fri 10h00 to 16h00 Cellar tours by appointment only

  • Paul Cluver Wines

    2016 Judges Overall Winner: Unwooded Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest 2014 2016 Leader in Water Conservation This family-owned, family-run wine business is located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley. The property has been in ownership of the Cluver Family since 1896. Their focus is on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir. The wine business forms part of larger holistic farming business called ‘De Rust Estate’. This estate forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere. Half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity. Dr Cluver has been a supporter of conservation projects, officially undertaking projects of his own on the estate since 1970. He was involved in the establishment and development of Groenlandberg Conservancy. Other features include a restaurant, Fresh, open from Wed to Sun; hiking trails; 5 day slackpacking on the Green Mountain trail; and summer open air concerts in the amphitheatre.

  • Vondeling Wines

    2016 Bloggers Overall Winner: Vondeling Babiana 2015 Vondeling is a Champion Conservation wine estate, home to some of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s rarest and most unique plant species. These owners play a key role in driving landowner collaboration to minimise the threats to this unique region known as the Paardeberg. Two of Vondeling`s premium white and red wines have been named for two of these red data listed plants that are endemic to the Paardeberg mountain, namely Babiana noctiflora and Erica hippurus. They are committed to an innovative waste-water management system, a social upliftment job-creating project in alien vegetation removal, a recycling programme and wildfire prevention. The farm offers state of art wine tasting facilities, a country chapel, and wedding or function venue, as well as self-catering accommodation. Visitors can pre-book a generous farm style Vintner’s Platter, which they can enjoy at the tasting room. Booking for Vintner’s Platter or set menu meal options is essential.