DESTINATION

Surrounded by three awe-inspiring mountain ranges, Val de Vie Estate falls within the verdant Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, where historic farms and the natural splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom beckon visitors from across the globe. Residents and visitors to the region regularly enjoy Franschhoek’s charming European ambience, art, music and exquisite culinary experiences which have placed the area on the map as the fine food capital of South Africa.

AREA & SHOPPING

Deli’s stocked with artisinal products proudly and locally produced in the Cape Winelands are to be found all around and are the perfect places to get some fresh produce before heading back home. Wine, olive oil, preserves, flowers and other gifts are to be found on the estate at our Deli at nearby deli’s such as Babylonstoren Farm Stall, Boschendal Farm Shop, Deli Fresh on the R301, Lust at Vrede & Lust, La Paris, Fairview, Spice Route and many more. Nearby shops include Paarl Mall, only 6km from the entrance gate, as well as Laborie Shopping Centre and Rembrandt Mall. The main road of Franschhoek is lined with boutiques and other quaint stores. Tygervalley Mall is 39km away. Canal Walk and the V & A Waterfront are respectively 52km and 61km from the estate.

TRAVEL

Val de Vie Estate’s proximity to Cape Town International Airport and to Cape Town, both less than 40 minutes away, makes it a convenient point from which some of South Africa’s finest offerings.

  • 35 minutes from Cape Town CBD via the Berg River bridge
  • 35 minutes from Cape Town International Airport via the Berg River bridge
  • 15 minutes from Stellenbosch via the Berg River bridge
  • 15 minutes from Franschhoek
  • 8 minutes from Paarl

There are very few places in the world with such a variety of quality lifestyle offerings within a 90-minute drive. Whale watching in Hermanus or a road trip to the undiscovered treasure trove of the Westcoast are in within easy reach.

How to Find Us

R301, Wemmershoek Road (Exit 59, N1 north towards Paarl)

GPS: -33.818212°, 19.000358°

FOOD

In the Cape Winelands, there is wine in abundance, and there’s also mild Mediterranean-type weather, beautiful scenery and a plethora of magnificent wine estates where fine wines are produces and the sensuous pleasures of good living liberally uncorked.

Taking these unique qualities into account visitors will be further enlightened to all that this area has to offer with a leisurely journey along the Franschhoek Wine Valley Food & Wine Route. This exciting initiative builds on Franschhoek’s reputation as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, taking the concept of a food and wine experience to an entirely new level. Offering visitors an array of innovative food, wine and lifestyle experiences is truly unique to the Cape Winelands.

WINE

Val de Vie Estate is synonymous with the bountiful offering that is brought forth by the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. This magnificent region – or The Valley of Life as we call it.

With many of the wine farms sharing a French Huguenot heritage, expect to find enormous French influence.

The Paarl Wine Route, renowned for its rich, full-bodied, spicy red and crisp white wines, is the second oldest in the country. The area is best known for the quality of its Shiraz, the climate in particular favouring this variety. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Viognier and Mourvedre are increasingly well regarded.

Paarl is also home to a couple of craft breweries, olives and olive oil producers.

Franschhoek Wine Route is known for superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Franschhoek district produces some of the country’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques, which can all be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.

WINELANDS MAP

Click on the icon below to view the wine farms surrounding Val de Vie Estate.

GOLF

As the name implies, our Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course truly bears the stamp of the world’s preeminent golf course designer. Golf Digest has named the course as ‘Best Conditioned’ in the Western Cape from 2010 – 2019. Since 2006 the course has consistently been placed among the top ten in South Africa and ranked as the 5th best in the country in 2018/2019 by Golf Digest magazine. For six consecutive years Compleat Golfer bestowed the Five Star Experience Award on the course.

HIKING & CYCLING THE CAPE WINELANDS

The Cape Winelands offers lush valleys framed by rugged mountain ranges. This provides a myriad of adventures available for the professional or novice hiker or cyclist. The valley floors offer relaxed walks among the vineyards while the mountain slopes and crests offer a more challenging series of hikes and single track for cycling through the Winelands indigenous Fynbos vegetation.

The local nature reserves is home to numerous trials of varying degrees of difficulty. Trials can range from one or two hour walks, to three days mammoth excursions through valleys and over mountain passes.

Some of the local nature reserves is Limietberg, Paarl Mountain, The Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and The Kogelberg Nature Reserve including The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area.

ART

Within both Stellenbosch and Paarl- Franschhoek Valley are a collection of fine art galleries, which make ideal stops while exploring the region.

It’s a completely natural fit, the blending of meticulously curated art with the Cape’s picturesque winelands. Be it perfectly sculpted pieces that add character to landscaped lawns, galleries that showcase the best of the country’s classical artists or a space where contemporary art meets African fusion.

Some of the top art galleries to visit in the Cape Winelands to enjoy a day or an afternoon pursuing spectacular works of art is Everard Read, Is Art Gallery and Pierneef Gallery at La Motte, The Rupert Museum all in close proximity to Franschhoek.

Image: The Gallery at Val de Vie Estate – For more information

POLO

Surrounded by the mountains and vineyards of the famous Paarl-Franschhoek valley, Val de Vie is one of the most spectacular polo venues in the world. Our passion for the sport has transformed the estate into an unrivalled polo destination.

The Veuve Clicquot Polo Series, Pink Polo and ISPS Handa are some of the international polo events that are hosted on our estate, and are a luxurious introduction to the sport of kings.

SCHOOLS

Val de Vie Estate is a paradise for young families offering safety and security while being in close vicinity to some of the top schools in the country. We know that one of the greatest gifts you can give your child is an excellent education and an opportunity to excel in life.

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