Inspired by taste: Cape Winelands, a private luxury self-drive escape

Taste the finer things in life, with a seven-day self-drive trip along the South African wine route.

Fabulous food, fine wines and excellent hotels. These are just a few of the things that will make this one of your best holidays ever.

After flying in to Cape Town you’ll be escorted to one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, where you’ll be perfectly placed for exploring Table Mountain, Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront and the city’s other famous sites. From here you’ll head off on a road trip through the beautiful wine region.

Less than an hour away from the city, you’ll enter a world of postcard-perfect rolling hills and sprawling vineyards, home to some of the New World’s finest wines.

Then of course, there are the excellent restaurants, spas and romantic little towns you’ll encounter en route.

The Inside Word

We Love...

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and Farm Grocer. Situated on Môreson, a working wine farm, 10-minutes’ drive from the auberge, Le Quartier. Home-baked breads, sublime soups and rustic terrines are served alongside imaginative salads and original dishes. Help yourself to some home-cured, beech-smoked salmon while sipping the farm’s fine wines. It’s open everyday for lunch, from 12pm to 3pm.

Learn Something New...

Find out the secret to making delicious breads, by joining the bread baker at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Môreson farm (yep, it’s that place again). Armed with all the ingredients you’ll need, plus your own hand-painted apron, you’ll whip up some wonderful breads under the watchful eye of the restaurant’s bread baker. Focaccia, olive oil brown, sourdough and soda bread – sandwiches will never be the same again after a morning with these guys. And while the breads are baking, you get to try some award-winning wines from the farm’s vineyard. Lunch is then served, accompanied by a range of freshly baked breads, Môreson wine, a copy of the Neil’s Jewells cookbook and a box of bread to go. It’s tasty stuff.

Experience a Taste of...

Fine dining in the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais. Enjoy the best meal you’ve ever had, as chef, Margot Janse and her award-winning team showcase their skills over nine exquisite courses. If that all sounds a bit too much to take in, you could always go for the slightly smaller five-course options, both are accompanied by a  specially chosen wine pairing. Available, from Monday to Sunday, dinners only. Booking is essential.

Jaw-dropping Moment...

The breathtaking views of the V&A Waterfront, the yacht marina and Table Mountain from the Rooftop Terrace Rooms at Cape Grace in Cape Town.

Flying Time From The UK

Around 11.5 hours.

The Last Word

This private luxury escape to cosmopolitan Cape Town and the lush Cape Winelands, with its abundance of incredible organic food and will leave you asking for more.

Don't Forget

“Spirit of the Cape”, the privately-owned luxury yacht available for exclusive use by Cape Grace guests. This 56ft Aicon fly-bridge motor yacht is berthed in the swanky yacht marina in front of the Bascule Whisky Wine & Cocktail Bar, so why not take her for a cruise? A one-hour harbour trip includes a glass of sparkling wine and Bascule bar snacks, or you could even opt for an introduction to whiskey or wine tasting. Now there’s a thought…

How about helping to bake and deliver muffins to the local crèche? Not only will you be helping out a group of young toddlers, but you’ll also get to meet the amazing Mrs Ndaba. The sprightly 68-year-old set up the crèche three years ago, in her little pink shack in Langrug, the nearby local settlement. With 67 toddlers and no funding, Mrs Ndaba took it upon herself to support, teach and love these young children and the guys at Le Quartier Français have supported her by creating a highly nutritious (and rather delicious) muffin for the youngsters. If you fancy experiencing something unique, you could help bake a batch and watch the little ones’ faces light up. Muffins are baked and delivered every Friday.

We can tailor make any escape to suit your requirements so if you wish to amend the suggested itinerary in any way, just let us know.

Price From

£2,290 to £2,800 per person, based on two sharing seven nights’ B&B accommodation, including flights, private transfers and seven days’ ‘group B’ car rental.

You may also be interested in...



  • Cape Town’s sandy beaches and stunning Table Mountain
  • Robben Island to the Cape of Good Hope
  • The V&A Waterfront in the harbour
  • Explore scenic Franschhoek, with its gourmet restaurants and delicious patisseries
  • The Tasting Room’s nine-course menu at Le Quartier Francais
  • The breathtaking vineyards of the Cape Winelands region


  • Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town
  • Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek

When to Escape

Thanks to its coastal position, Cape Town enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean-type climate for most of the year. Summers can be very hot, but are often balanced by a cool sea breeze. Mid-winter can be very cold, with snow falling in the surrounding mountains. Whichever time of year you choose to visit Cape Town, however, don’t be surprised if you end up experiencing four seasons in one day, it’s renowned for it.

Mid-October to March

This is Cape Town’s summer, with temperatures varying from mid-20s to mid-30 degrees Celsius, with little rain. Come between February and March and you’ll be in time for the grape harvest; days are long and perfect for evening entertainment, sundowners and long days on the beach.


This is autumn in the southern hemisphere. Daytime temperatures are pleasant, cooling towards evening, making it more enjoyable if you’re not a lover of heat. At this time of year, the colours of the many vineyards in the Constantia valley and Stellenbosch are a beautiful sight.


This is spring in Cape Town, when the famous west coast flowers put on a dazzling display of colour and whale watching is at its best. The colours of the vineyards in the Constantia valley and Stellenbosch are a beautiful sight at this time of year.

“You’ve probably tasted South African wine (delicious isn’t it?); well on this luxurious escape you’ll get to see the beautiful landscape that’s responsible for it. Not only that, but you’ll be able to savour the wonderful fresh food of the Western Cape. Enjoy…”


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