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Framed by the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, the Babylonstoren Wine Estate combines the charm of a Dutch farm with the elegance and sophistication of a world-class winery. This sprawling estate, located in South Africa’s Western Cape, offers not only prized wines but also historical architecture, thriving gardens, farm-to-table dining, and luxurious accommodations.

History

Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren has over 300 years of winemaking heritage. It is one of the oldest Cape-Dutch farms, and it offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s rich agricultural history. The farm was revitalized into a wine estate in 2007, and today, it stands as a tribute to the farm’s longstanding history and South African wine culture.

How to Get There

Babylonstoren Wine Estate lies between Paarl and Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. It’s a comfortable 60 km drive from Cape Town, with a majority of the journey being on national highways. A driving service or taxi is recommended because of the wine tasting.

List of Attractions

  1. Winery and Cellar: Take a tour of the modern winery and historic cellar and enjoy a tasting of their award-winning wines.
  2. Babylonstoren Gardens: Wander through the estate’s extensive fruit and vegetable garden featuring hundreds of edible plants.
  3. Farm-to-table Dining: Experience culinary delight in their restaurants, Babel and Greenhouse, serving fresh, seasonal produce.
  4. Garden Spa: Rejuvenate and relax in their garden spa surrounded by natural beauty.

Ticket Information

Entry to the place and garden tours have a nominal fee. Charges for wine tasting, dining, and spa treatments vary depending on the service. Advance bookings are recommended for tours, tastings, and dining experiences.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Early Booking: Book your visit in advance, especially during peak season (December to March).
  2. Capture the Moment: The picturesque scenery is perfect for photography lovers.
  3. Dress Appropriately: For garden walks, comfortable clothes and shoes are advisable.
  4. Stay Overnight: Consider booking one of the charming farm cottages or suites to immerse yourself fully in the experience.
  5. Visit the Shop: Before leaving, visit the farm shop to pick up some local produce, wines, or souvenirs.

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