The sitting room at Blue Gum - wow!
Hand sorting freshly picked grapes.
Built in the 19th century, this historic farmstead is set in a lush garden with rolling lawns and abundant roses and azalea bushes. The farm has been transformed into a lifestyle estate—with private houses, a small school, and lovely cottages where you can stay. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in a relaxed country style with floral throws and fresh flowers. The farm produces a range of noteworthy wines, which you can taste; highlights include the flagship Carpe
Diem Pinotage, the Carpe Diem Viognier 2006, and the Thokozani white blend of sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, and viognier. Seasons restaurant ($) serves, appropriately enough, seasonal meals and is a wonderful venue for a late brunch or leisurely lunch. If you want something low-key, order a picnic basket to take onto the grounds. If you're feeling energetic, try your hand at bass fishing or horseback riding on the estate.
Jan van Riebeek Dr. (R301), Wellington, 7654, South Africa
021-873–2671-lodging; 021-864–5060-restaurant; 021-864–5050-winery