Stellenbosch, South Africa
Just 50 kilometres from Cape Town lies this university town which also happens to be South Africa's wine capital. Offering an alluring mix of must-try wineries and food-focused farmhouses against the backdrop of Jonkershoek mountains, it offers welcome respite from the buzzing waterfront city.
Head to Boschendal, just 15 minutes from the heart of Stellenbosch, for an overnight stay at the farm. The property is peppered with restored cottages featuring eco-friendly swimming pools, dams and claw-foot bathtubs. Start your day with a lazy breakfast overlooking the hills before setting out on a trek or bike ride. Return in time for a swim followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings set in the vineyard.
Who to take with you
A big group of family and friends. This is the place for setting the world to rights over long, wine-soaked dinners .
When to go
Most likely to bump into…
Wine critics on holiday.
Essentials to bring with you
Trainers. You'll want to explore the town, as well as hike and bike to discover the surrounding area.
How to get there
Fly into Cape Town International Airport and rent a car - Stellenbosch is a 20-minute drive from the airport.