Lifestyle // My 3 Favourite Vineyards in Cape Town

Cape Town is recognised internationally for it’s fine wines…and rightly so! It is the favourite destination for many wine connoisseurs from around the world, and some of the best and oldest wine farms can be found around the region. I definitely do not count myself as a “connoisseur”, more so an avid wine lover. I’ve put together my top 3 vineyards, from food, to wine to pure beauty surrounding the wine farm. It’s not all about wine I promise!

Boschendal 

Boschendal was the first wine farm I ever visited. I instantly fell in love with it. Situated in the beautiful Drakenstein valley a little further on from Stellenbosch and in between Franschhoek, it is well worth the drive. One of the oldest farms in South Africa founded in 1685, their focus is on producing organic sustainable food and delicious wines.

DSC_0061Things to do at Boschendal

  • Wine Tasting – A must do; try their fine wine and have a giggle with the master of wines. One gentleman (who is there all the time) will go into detail explaining each wine, grape and history
  • The Werf Restaurant
  • Farm Shop and Deli – You have to try the Droëwors and Borenkaas, so very delicious
  • Walk around The Boschendal Gardens
  • Cellar Tours
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Stay at the farm
  • Farm Spa
  • Horse and Carriage Rides

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Vergelegen 

Vergelegen is a historic wine estate founded in 1700. It is a 35+ minute drive from Cape Town, in an area called Somerset West. Out of all 3 wine farms featured in this post, as you walk around, you uncover more and more…being here made me feel like Alice in Wonderland. There is so much to explore from the rose gardens to having a picnic lunch in the mystic Camphor Forest. Vergelegen focuses on conserving the heritage that has formed the foundation for Capetonian’s today.

DSC_0244.JPGThings to do at Vergelegen

  • Wine Tasting – Overlooks an octagonal herb garden that gives a feeling of serenity
  • Stables Bistro Restaurant
  • Camphors at Vergelegen – Signature Restaurant
  • Picnic in the Camphor Forest
  • Cellar Tours
  • Heritage & Garden Tours
  • Various Events – Check the website here for details

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Warwick 

The youngest wine farm and closest of the 3 vineyards to Cape Town, Warwick wine estate lies in-between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts. A family owned vineyard, their most famous wine “The First Lady” is named after Norma Ratcliffe (along with her husband they made the farm what it is today)  as she was one of the first women to make wine in South Africa. Warwick wine estate has a well deserved reputation for their gourmet picnics…I can vouch for this!

DSC_1196Things to do at Warwick

  • Wine Tasting
  • Cellar Tours
  • Big 5 Vineyard Safari
  • Gourmet Picnics – Menu below:
    • Sichuan pepper crusted beef fillet with aioli
    • Rosa tomato, mange tout and butter bean salad
    • Baby potato, red onion and fried caper salad tossed in a light whole grain mustard aioli
    • A chunk of matured cheddar
    • Warwick’s famous biltong pâté – Absolutely DELICIOUS
    • Trio jar of homemade sweet chili sauce, cream cheese and basil pesto
    • Herbed stretched homemade bread
    • Loved Ponies onion marmalade
    • Homemade smoked butter
    • Gluten free Key Lime pie jar

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I hope my photos do each vineyard justice and show off the sheer beauty Cape Town vineyards have to offer. Do they entice you to explore? Let me know!

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Beauty // Travelling Skincare from a Flight Attendant

DSC_0085After being a long/shorthaul flight attendant for almost 2 years I’ve had my fair share of skin issues while travelling. Let’s be frank, flying can be super drying and damaging to your skin. So what exactly happens to your skin at 30,000 feet? A 7 hour flight can remove up to 1/2 litre of water from your body. I’ve narrowed it down to a select few products, tried and tested in which I now swear by. Read on to find out more…

Step 1 – Moisture Surge Moisturiser and All About Eyes Cream

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Moisture Surge extended thirst relief is a super light weight, watery moisturiser/gel that plumps skin with hydration for a full 24 hours. I’ve use many thick creams to help fix my dry and dehydrated skin and nothing I have used in the past has done the job. Hand on heart, I swear by this product. It leaves my skin baby soft and hydrated. Out of all products this is my fave. Along with this, I pair it with “All about eyes” eye cream. I find when flying as crew or as a passenger, there is a lot of sleepless nights or super early starts, leaving eyes puffy and dark. A dab of this eye cream over lids and under eyes will sort all issues out.

Step 2 – Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

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Supercharged water-gel concentrate instantly quenches dehydrated skin and boosts skin’s moisture reservoir for a full 24 hours. The product uses antioxidant spheres containing Vitamin C and E to combat anti ageing, as we all know flying can age the skin dramatically too. I use this on top of Step 1 to lock in moisture and now and again pop it on top of my SPF makeup. There is even a concentrate for men too: Maximum Hydrator Concentrate

Step 3 – Evian Facial Spray

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This Evian facial spray is the perfect way to freshen up your skin mid flight or mid adventure when you’ve arrived to your destination. The tiny water droplets are instantly absorbed into the skin to keep it hydrated. I use this over my makeup, before I go on crew rest and before I land.

Step 4 – Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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This is the crème de la crème of elixir’s. The best one on the market. As soon as I get downroute in the evenings, my make up comes off and this oil comes on. Using a few drops warmed between my fingers I simply pat it onto my skin and Ta-Dah! Glowy skin in the morning. Sometimes if I’m doing an overnight flight I apply this, then my tinted moisturiser on top to lock in the magic. Best thing is, the formula is 99.8% natural-derived.

Step 5 – L’Oreal Clay Face Mask and Hydra Genius

DSC_0059After the excitement of a trip and visiting vibrant cities, it can clog up your skin. Once I’m back home I spend my evening using the L’Oreal Pure Clay face masks. Each mask has a different power. I use a little bit of each on different areas of the face to combat dull skin, spots and draw out any dirt/pollution. I finish off by applying a layer of Hydra Genius Aloe Water and letting it soak in. Perfect way to end a long trip.

My final and most important piece of advice is so easy and simple. DRINK WATER. I cannot say this enough. Hydrate your body and you’ll feel and see the difference. I aim to drink 1-2 litres of water on a flight and continue to drink plenty of water wherever I am travelling. 

Hope I’ve inspired you with some new skincare products. Just look after yourself, you’ll thank yourself in the future.