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"Spend a day at the Vergelegen Wine Estate" Cape Town Things to Do Tip by DesertRat

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  The Homestead at Vergelegen
by DesertRat

Vergelegen, nestled in the outskirts Cape Town in Somerset West, is as steeped in South African history as it is beautiful. The property, originally acquired from the local chief by the Dutch East India Company, began life as a residence for the Dutch governors of the Cape and later was split up into four farms and sold off. The property on which the main house stands became a wine estate, which it is to this day, producing some of the countr's best vintages.

The house is surrounded by superb gardens, including some huge and ancient camphor trees dating back to the late 17th century. There is an old winery, which was turned into a library to house the books of one of its 19th century owners and residents, as well as numerous other outbuildings, some of which now function as gift shops and a restaurant.

As for things to do, you can wander through the gardens, take a tour of the vineyards and the underground winery, or sign up for a wine tasting. And don't forget the house, which is filled with some wonderful antiques.

Address: Lourensford Road, Somerset West
Phone: +27 21 847 1334

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2004
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