What: A renovated 300-year-old former colonial estate where wine and food are first priority.
Where: Surrounded by 30 acres of vineyard in the Franschoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape.
Why: Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Grande Provence is a luxurious escape into one of South Africa’s finest wine regions. Valleys and mountains surround this retreat that manages to embrace modernity without losing any of its seductive history. The Manor House and Owner’s Cottage date back to the 17th century, when founder Pierre Joubert fled France to avoid religious persecution, and much of the Cape-Dutch architecture of the time still remains today. The Cottage, comprised of four bedrooms, a deluxe suite, conservatory, lounge and spa pool, can house a maximum of ten guests only at any one time, which ensures the utmost tranquility and privacy. A highly-rated restaurant provides cuisine perfectly befitting the estate wines, and the tasting sessions in the bar next door offer insight into how the award-winning vintages are produced. What better way to sample them than to drink while viewing the work of some of South Africa’s best and up-and-coming artists in the adjacent gallery?