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Valentine’s Day in the Cape Winelands

February 10, 2012

Valentine’s Day in South Africa is celebrated with great passion and enthusiasm. People dress up in red and wish each other a “Happy Valentine’s Day” at every opportunity. The geographical location of the country has made it one of the most romantic destinations. Large numbers of locals and tourists alike throng the beaches and other romantic places of South Africa to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Here in the Cape Winelands there are lots of romantic options for that special evening.

Spier Wine Estate near Stellenbosch is open year-round for picnics. Simply pre-order a basket filled with delicious fare or buy homemade jams, cheeses, cold meats and salads from the Spier deli to make your own spread to enjoy on the banks of the lake. This year Spier are offering special Valentine’s Day picnics under the stars.

Or you could enjoy a moonlight picnic and music at Hidden Valley Wine Estate with a pre-ordered picnic basket filled with ciabatta, cold meats, cheese, dips, nibbles and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Baskets cost R395 and serve two.

The weekend before Valentine’s Day, the Paul Cluver wine estate is hosting a special Valentine’s concert, “Sharing the Love” with saxophonist Andrew Young and his band, on Saturday, February 11 at 19:00. British comedian Mervyn Stutter is the compere for the evening. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be on sale at the venue. Picnic hampers for 2 persons, including a bottle of wine, are for sale at Imibala, here in Somerset West.

Closer to home, Blaauwklippen Vineyards offer a decadent five course Valentine’s Day dinner for R325 per person and the Waterkloof Estate, right here in Somerset West, have an exclusive six course degustation menu for R550 per person, which includes a wine pairing for each of the dishes served.

Of course, you could just go for a romantic walk at sunset on one of our beautiful beaches, but what my husband, Kevin and I do, is enjoy a quite sundowner by the pool here at Penny Lane Lodge.

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