At Nederburg’s The Manor, South African heritage isn't only celebrated for one day or one month of the year – it is a consistent theme in the Paarl restaurant’s creative seasonal menus. Even so, the kitchen team led by head chef Linda Trautmann, has prepared an inspired and festive Heritage Day Sunday lunch menu for 24 September (at R335 per person). The freshest locally sourced ingredients take centre stage and there is great variety for the whole family, showing that the flavours of home truly are the most satisfying of all.

The 32nd annual Veritas Awards were announced at a star-studded industry event on 7 October, which saw Perdeberg Wines scoop Double Gold for The Vineyard Collection Grenache Noir 2021. Hot on the heels was The Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2022, The Dry Land Collection Fortitude Fortified Chenin Blanc 2021 and The Dry Land Collection Longevity Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc 2018, each to be awarded Gold.

The Cape Winelands boasts true country hospitality, award-winning wine farms, restaurants to delight your palate and stay options to suit both your budget and desires.  Herewith some options to explore this holiday.

Visitors to the beautiful town of Paarl have reason to smile as they can once again enjoy the freedom of exploring the local sites, tastes and tourism treats without the restriction of a mask.

Paarl’s menu of things to do caters for all ages and dishes up experiences for adventurers, wine enthusiasts, gourmands, nature lovers, historians and those who simply enjoy life.

Today marks the first of many exciting wine tasting adventures in the beautiful historic building on Hoffmans Lane, Paarl, dating back to 1797. It is now beautifully renovated and restored – inviting visitors into a lush garden before luring them into a trendy, checkered-tiled courtyard where you are greeted by a new open plan wine bar called The Wine Hive.

NEDERBURG’S THE WOOD DIARIES: A ‘SMOKY’ WINTER EXPERIENCE

A few weeks ago I was part of a small group that experienced an intimate late afternoon event at Nederburg in Paarl to learning about the intricacies and skill associated with not only the ageing of wine in oak, but also the blending of a number of wines matured using different types of oak and ageing techniques, into one beautifully balanced blend.