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Your wedding in the cape winelands

October 26, 2012

The height of wedding season, February to March, will soon be upon us and whether you’re tying the knot and dreaming of a storybook summer wedding, or seeking a no-frills, no-fuss autumn celebration, now’s the time to start planning.

Whatever your preference – eloping to some clandestine Cape location or summoning up frothy lace clouds to whisk guests to a spectacular affair, it’s important to spend some time in advance getting your ducks in a row.

And what more stunning location for your special day than in the rolling vineyards and sweeping vistas of the Cape Winelands around Somerset West, just outside Cape Town? 

Here are some fabulous suggestions:

Morgenhof Wine Estate
Get married amidst the enchanting Cape Dutch architecture, gorgeous gardens and rolling vineyards of Morgenhof Wine Estate. Not just a lovely venue for a wedding ceremony though, the estate’s experienced staff is well-prepared to advise you on menu options, florists, photographers, decorators, and more. Once you have decided on a package – there’s a diverse assortment to choose from – you’re free to enjoy the Morgenhof wines and fare on your special day. The large Morgenhof chapel can accommodate up to 130 guests while, if you’re looking for a more intimate venue, the smaller chapel – with a natural stone floor – named “The Perdestal” – can seat up to 60 guests.

Klapmuts Road, R44, Stellenbosch
+27 (0)21 889 5510
www.morgenhof.com

Backsberg Estate
One of the prettiest wedding venues in the Cape Winelands, boasting a magnificent lawn with views to die for, Backsberg Estate offers both an indoor ceremony venue as well as a garden ceremony venue. The Vat Cellar, which is known for its truly authentic Winelands-style feel, is the option for indoor weddings and boasts an impressive wide brick aisle between huge oak fermentation barrels. There are a number of options for garden ceremonies, from a choice of lawns laced with magnificent views to beautiful gardens offering exclusive privacy. The venue also offers kosher wines.

Simondium Road, Paarl
+27 (0)21 875 5141
www.backsberg.co.za

In the Vineyard
Set at the foot of the Helderberg mountains, ‘In the Vineyard’ is a huddle of cottages situated on a small family-owned vineyard at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain. Wedding guests can experience the vibe of a working farm while still enjoying the serenity and the peace of the surrounding nature. Though only a 45-minute drive from the city of Cape Town, In the Vineyard is the perfect hidden venue in which to tie the knot, escape the bustle of urban life and relax in a ‘home away from home’.

Corner R44 & Klein Helderberg Road, Stellenbosch
+27 (0)21 855 1984
www.inthevineyard.co.za

 Le Jardin
Just outside Stellenbosch, Le Jardin is a charming place to share an intimate wedding with loved ones. Weddings are held on the beautifully manicured lawn and pre-drinks are served on the floating jetty amongst the lilies on a small lake. The manor house is available for the bridal couple and a few guests.

Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch
+27 (0)21 914 9407
www.lejardin.co.za

Hathersage Farm
Situated in Somerset West at the foothills of the Helderberg mountains, Hathersage offers a magnificent garden with lots of little hidden romantic spots and boasts age old Camphor trees. The reception venue is part indoors and leads to a massive veranda, which is very beautiful especially when lit at night and looks out onto the moonlit garden. Couples have the option of tailor-making a creative package according to a proposed budget. The wedding venue offers catering, full bar facilities, Bedouin tents, a sound system and more.

Gordon Road, Somerset West
+27 (0)21 851 1644
www.hathersage.co.za

Lalapanzi
Lalapanzi is surrounded by 600 hectares of vineyards, forest and fynbos, and rests 330m above sea level. Guests at Lalapanzi can enjoy peace and tranquillity, stunning views and breath-taking natural beauty with the convenience of being close to the facilities of Somerset West. The venue boasts stunning views across False Bay and Cape Point and is situated on a secure country estate only 10 minutes from the beach and 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. It is the venue where convenience meets beauty, tinted with the hue of romance.

Wedderwill Estate, Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West
+27 (0)21 858 1982
www.lalapanzilodge.co.za

Waterkloof
The estate offers tailor-made wedding reception packages that combine personal service, superb Waterkloof wines, delicious cuisine and breath-taking views, to ensure that every bride and groom will treasure their celebration with family and friends forever. The spacious restaurant, with its unique position overlooking False Bay and the Winelands at Waterkloof provides the perfect backdrop for that special day.

Waterkloof, Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West
+27 (0)21 858 1292
www.waterkloofwines.co.za

If you’re coming to the area as a wedding guest, Penny Lane Lodge is a great place to base yourself to join the happy couple on the day! We can even arrange a taxi to and from the venue so you can truly celebrate the day and enjoy all that the wineland farms have to offer!

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