Vineyards have been planted here since 1466. When acquired by Bernard Magrez in 1999, a complete restoration was undertaken to preserve its period style. The generous single floor mansion slumbers down a deep gravel drive, flanked by stately topiary gardens. A long terrace overlooks 300-year-old tulip trees and an infinite expanse of vines, which stretch out over 58 hectares. Guests can take a stroll around this vast estate to take in the wonderful view and architecture.
What is a wine tour without wine tasting? The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. One of the five cellars there, brimming with 900 barrels of resting wine, features bottles from 1871. You know that the older the wine, the better the taste.
You can also have a picnic at the beautiful setting of Chateau Fombrauge complete with a picnic basket from the estate including with an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruits, and a glass of wine, red or white, according to your preference.
If one day is not enough to marvel at this mansion, you can stay overnight at the prestigious suites. Fine dining in the vast dining room is available where you can enjoy the unique view of the vineyards, whilst being served lunch or dinner by a dedicated chef and butler.
You might be spoiled for choice knowing that you only have two hours to spend in Cape Town! The coastal capital of South Africa is one of our top destinations and for good reasons: the landscape and the weather would make you want to stay there for as long as possible. We spoke to our local photographers and asked for their suggestions on what you could do in the city in only 2 hours.
"Cape Town is easily one of the amazing cities in the world and I love it for its diversity. It's not just the people; it's also the landscape and all the activities the city has to offer, from mountains to wine farms to beautiful beaches!
If you only had 2 hours in Cape Town, I would suggest going up Signal Hill to see views over the whole city or visiting one of our beautiful beaches that are close by. Another absolute must-do in the city is to drive along Chapman’s Peak drive - the views are amazing!
Honestly it's so hard to choose just one thing to do here. There are so many interesting places visit, yummy foods to try and amazing views to see! You really will have to base it on your own interest."
"I love Cape Town because there is literally something for everyone to enjoy, from world famous views, beautiful and secluded beaches, countless hikes and trail routes, endless wine farms and vineyards, unique and creative markets and galleries, award winning coffee shops and roasteries - this is probably not even half of it! I'm convinced this is the most beautiful city in the world.
If you only had 2 hours to spend in the city, I would suggest you start with a walk around the city center, maybe pop into one of the local coffee shops for a delicious flat white. For dinner, dine with a good glass of wine at one of the beach front restaurants as the sun is setting over Camps Bay.
In a nutshell, I think this is precisely what Cape Town and its people are about: a good meal, a good view and a good bottle of wine."
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