South Africa

I had the great fortune of visiting this beautiful country in January, 2013. I was so enamored by my surroundings that I had a choice, either to stay here forever or simply return soon and share the experience with my husband. Naturally I chose the latter.

Here are a few facts. South Africa lies on -33 degrees latitude. Closer to the coast, the climate is cooler and sunshine is plentiful. Further inland there is a continental climate. There are dozens of soil types, some of which are recognized to be among the oldest on earth, and those soils in combination with a perfect climate make for an environment that is ideal for grape growing. To add to these ideal conditions, a gale-force wind, the “Cape Doctor”, blows through frequently in the summer. Cape Doctor is considered a remedy to all diseases which affect not only the grape growing districts, but those diseases which affect people too, hence it’s name.

Now, over a year later, when I think about South Africa one memory comes to mind. Sitting at the very beautiful Constantia Uitsig restaurant, eating one of the most incredible meals I have ever had while sipping a glass of their estate white Bordeaux blend and Thinking this is about as beautiful as life can be. Naturally I returned with my husband to this place and he concurred, the experience was simply out of this world.

I have listed below some of my personal recommendations.

Wineries and Wines

Groot Constantia
Klein Constantia
Delaire Graff
De Trafford Wines
Vergelegen Winery
Graham Beck
Hamilton Russell Vineyards


The Test Kitchen
Delaire Graff
Constantia Uitsig
Constantia La Colombe
Millers Thumb
The Big Easy
La Petite Ferme


The One & Only Resort
Delaire Graff Spa
Ellerman House