I was at Babylonstoren, a boutique hotel and winery in landscaped farmland. Set within the triangle of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, this was my introduction to the historic Cape Winelands.

They created the farm in 1692, 13 years after Simon van der Stel, first Governor of the Cape, founded Stellenbosch, which still rejoices in 18th Century Cape Dutch architecture, with its thick whitewashed walls, as well as Georgian and Victorian buildings  for lunch at the spectacular Delaire Graff Estate, its attention-grabbing design in stark contrast with the nonchalant elegance of Babylonstoren.

Many hotels are tapping into the trend, organising art tours of the city. And key to this is MOCAA, the Museum of Contemporary African Art, which recently opened its doors amid much fanfare.Fashioned from a 1920s grain store, with great concrete silos creating a massive atrium at its heart, it represents a ground-breaking development for African art…read more 

Image |Vineyards in the shadow of the Drakensberg mountains in the Cape winelands