Signature Trips

Wine Harvest and Culinary Heaven | 30 Jan - 05 Feb 2013

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This will be a small, intimate group of no more than 8 couples personally guided by me through the Cape Winelands during harvest time - Jan/Feb 2013. In addition to visits to some of the Cape's most distinctive wineries, we will be intimately involved in all aspects of the harvest. This opportunity to immerse yourself in grape picking, sorting, stomping, harvest festivals and vineyard picnics is unrparalleled. We have scheduled tutored tastings with winemakers, dinners with vineyard owners and even cookery classes - bread baking lessons, charcuterie crafting/curing lessons, traditional Cape Malay samosa and related dishes, venison and ostrich preparation. There are many wine-less activities to indulge in as well - olive oil tastings, cheese and charcuterie samplings and biking among them. The opportunity exists to tag on a few days on Safari after the wine trip has finished. We will have a full itinerary in short order … but, given the restricted numbers, I advise clearing your calendar post haste!


US$3,499.00 per person sharing*

*Please note the following:


Wednesday | 30 Jan 2013

Greeted on arrival in Cape Town and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon at leisure to acclimatise before enjoy a Welcome dinner at the hotel at the famous Signal Restaurant.

Cape Grace Executive Chef, Malika van Reenen, will create a special traditional South African menu with the knowledgeable Sommellier, Martin Drotsky, pairing and presenting the wines. The menu would include an amuse bouche on arrival, a three course South African meal and tea or coffee at the end of the meal.

Accommodation based on 2 night/s.

Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel
Room: Luxury Room/s
Check in : 30 Jan 2013
Check out: 01 Feb 2013
Included: Breakfast, Tourism Levy and VAT.



Classically-inspired from the exterior, elegant within, Cape Grace is a luxurious retreat set on its own private quay on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Cape Grace’s charm lies in its intimate atmosphere, stylish décor and unique personalised hospitality. The sumptuous elegance begins at the welcoming reception lounge extending to the rich comfort of the spacious rooms, some of which have a view of the yacht marina and others of the working harbour. All 122 rooms feature exquisite furniture, luxurious fabric and intriguing detail. Located on the top floor of the hotel, is the Spa which is owned and operated by Cape Grace and is exclusive to hotel guests. The Signal restaurant is perfectly positioned with views of the marine and Table Mountain. The Bascule whisky bar and wine cellar has a selection of over 420 whiskies of the world and the finest of Cape wines. Enjoy the African sun as you laze around the outdoor heated swimming pool embraced by trellised gardens. The following amenities are included at no additional charge: 24-hour Internet access in the Communication Centre; luxury private transfers to town and nearby beaches; daily Cape history and wine presentation; use of the hot spa area with sauna, steam room & mineral spa bath; port and sherry in the library.



Thursday | 31 Jan 2013

Full Day Peninsula tour with lunch at The Boathouse Restaurant.

Depart the city along the Atlantic Seaboard past the coastal suburbs of Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton and stop for a photo of Table Mountain’s towering Twelve Apostles. On past Bakoven and Llandudno, marked by shipwrecks, to the fishing village of Hout Bay.

Continue over the 600m heights of Chapman’s Peak Drive (if open), one of the world’s most spectacular passes, past the Cape’s longest beach near Noordhoek and the hamlets of Kommetjie and Scarborough.

Explore the rocky coastline and unique Fynbos vegetation, home to birds like African Black Oystercatchers and Cape Sugarbirds and view other endemic fauna like Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and Baboon as we enter the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Climb (or ride a funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse, to capture the magical vistas of False Bay, and stop at the south westernmost point of Africa, the fabled Cape of Good Hope.

Enjoy lunch at The Boathouse where a buffet gourmet crayfish BBQ with wine tasting will be created for you by Chef Bruce Robertson.

Returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner under own arrangements.

Friday | 01 Feb 2013

Depart Cape Towns in the morning and travel through to Stellenbosch.

The area is rightly famous for high quality dry white and red wines from noble grape varieties. Award-winning wines are produced at many historic estates in the area, some of which have homesteads dating back to the 17/18th centuries. We visit some of these farms to taste their wines.

There’s also a visit to oak-lined Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town, with a chance to explore the town’s beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, its university, shops and galleries

Lunch at local wine estate.

Culinary immersion: The opportunity to experience the kitchen of arguably South Africa's finest restaurant, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français. Learn how some of South Africa's most innovative dishes are prepared.

Dinner under own arrangements.

Accommodation based on 2 night/s.

Accommodation: Le Quartier Français
Room: Auberge Room/s
Check in : 01 Feb 2013
Check out: 03 Feb 2013
Included: Breakfast



A country inn of captivating charm, Le Quartier Francais Auberge is situated in the heart of the Cape winelands in the French Huguenot Village of Franschhoek. The Auberge du Quartier Français combines the atmosphere of a European retreat with the warmth of a family home. There are 15 individual deluxe rooms, 2 luxurious suites and the Four Quarters which consists of 4 exclusive suites. The rooms are cooled by ceiling fans / air-conditioning in summer and warmed by wood-burning fires in winter. The spacious bedrooms feature Egyptian cotton linen, deep down duvets and a comfortable sitting area. The rooms and the private library look onto the central garden courtyard and the swimming pool. Le Quartier Français is renowned for its innovative cuisine: an eclectic blend of Cape flavours with a provençale influence.


Saturday | 02 Feb 2013

Today will be spent at Moreson Wine Estate for the “Blessing of the Harvest” including lunch.

Program to follow.

Dinner under own arrangements

Sunday | 03 Feb 2013

Direct transfer to Babylonstoren to arrive in time for lunch and activities. Below is what has been suggested by the lodge:

Arrive and enjoy a hosted wine tasting followed by lunch.

After light lunch free time to explore the farm – Spa, cycle, walk in the gardens on the tail, rowing in the dam.

Culinary immersion: Learn how to use some of South Africa’s finest indigenous ingredients - herbs, vegetables, and fruits - from the working farm's 9 acre garden.

Enjoy sundowners and dinner in a special location on the farm.

Accommodation based on 2 night/s.

Accommodation: Babylonstoren
Room: 3 x Two Bedroom Cottage/s (4 guests sharing)
1 x One Bedroom Cottage (2 guests sharing) at an additional supplement
1 x One Bedroom Suite (2 guests sharing) at an additional supplement
Check in : 03 Feb 2013
Check out: 05 Feb 2013
Included: Breakfast


Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley, between Franschhoek and Paarl. The guest suites echo Cape Dutch farm buildings; the style developed in the Cape Colony of the 17th and 18th century: outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs. There are 8 one-bedroomed cottages and 4 two-bedroomed cottages, accommodating a maximum of 24 guests. Suites have either garden or vineyard view. Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter. All the cottages also have underfloor heating. The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the farm. Spanning eight acres, the garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and grown as biologically as possible. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in the farm restaurant ‘Babel’. The food leans towards simplicity – but with an edge. Meals are creative though always clear in structure. The swimming pool is a restored farm reservoir and perfect for hot summer days. There is also a modern gym overlooking the garden, and a spa which offers massages, a sauna, steam baths and an indoor plunge pool.


Monday | 04 Feb 2013

Full day to enjoy all that the lodge has to offer. Below is what has been suggested:

For the early birds – bread baking with the baker– optional extra and for own account

Breakfast between 08H00 TO 10H00

Guided garden tour of the garden with picking of ingredient for dinner

Lunch in the farm restaurant

Afternoon at leisure to again enjoy the farm – Spa , cycling, rowing
Dinner with interaction in making the salads/starters.

Tuesday | 05 Feb 2013

Depending on departure flight times, time at the lodge prior to transfer to Cape Town International Airport for onward flights.

Wine Harvest Heaven Group

Wine Harvest Heaven Group

Wine Harvest Heaven Group

Wine Harvest Heaven Group