Who says Christmas can’t be twice a year?

2014-06-25 16:52
Cape Town - A town about an hour and a half away from Cape Town is giving the Western Cape a yummy treat, and we couldn’t have asked for a better time for this treat than in Winter.

Tulbagh, a beautiful town located in a mountain basin, hosts an annual event called Christmas in Winter (previously known as Christmas in July).

This event guarantees a weekend of fun, and experiencing Tulbagh in a special theme.

Date: 28 – 29 June 2014
Venue: various locations across Tulbagh
Time: 09:00 - late
Ticket pricing: R60 per person for both day which includes:
  • Wine glass
  • Wine tasting at various cellars
  • Entrance to the “Rock with Santa” party
  • Access to five national museums

For the exciting Christmas in Winter programme, click here.

Why Tulbagh is a special place

Quiet, beautiful and striking, are some of the words that pop into mind when thinking of Tulbagh. Situated along mountains that will leave you pretty much breathless, this place provides quite a lovely escape from (yep you guessed it) the busyness of Cape Town.

(Tulbagh, Dudu Luthuli - News24 Travel)

Things you can do in Tulbagh

What is really great about Tulbagh is the number of things on offer in this small, yet quaint town. You can do the following:

1.    Wine tours by bike

Since Tulbagh forms part of the Cape Winelands district, it's no surprise that wine tours are the standard. It does however, push boundaries and offers unique ways to experience wine, tasting and general tours around different vineyards. One of the ways in which this is done is by wine bike tours.

This experience starts at as little as R100. You can leisurely cycle along rural roads. Child seats are available on request making it perfect to bring along your little one.

For more information, click here.

2.    Visit the Christo Cotzee gallery

Even if art isn't your thing, this gallery is too beautiful to give it a miss. What once the home of well known artist Christo Coetzee has been transformed into a beautiful gallery that now features some of his paintings (that are part of the University of Stellenbosch’s collection).

The restored Renish Missionary house also houses some of Coetzee’s private collections, as well as works from Tulbagh’s notable artists. The gallery is open on Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00, Sunday from 10h00 to 14h00, and viewings can also be arranged by appointment on weekdays.

For more information and bookings contact Susan: 076 214 2579

(Chris Coetzee Gallery, Dudu Luthuli - News24 Travel)

Wine, so much wine!

Well, it comes as no surprise that there are many vineyards to choose from while in Tulbagh, but here are two of our absolute favourites:

1.    Montpellier Wine Estate

We’re not even kidding when we say that this wine farm pretty much ticks off every box on your checklist. Scenery (check), romantic sizzle (check), gorgeous accommodation (double check), and even more beautiful wine (triple check).

(Montpellier Wine Estate, Dudu Luthuli - News24 Travel)

This award winning wine estate is perfect for not only wine tasting, but offers an array of things to do (think horse riding along spectacular views), and tops it off with the best kitchen on this earth. What’s great about having an event here (or a wedding) is that you can ask the kitchen to cook pretty much anything your heart desires and they will do it – from pizza , to roosterbroed, to lasagne, the kitchen has no set menu to hold them back.

While we’re on the subject of food and wine, Montpellier’s wine is simply A class. We recommend you try the 2012 Gewürztraminer for a wine that pushes boundaries in terms of taste, and does so quite beautifully.

For more information, visit the official site by clicking here.

(Montpellier Wine, Dudu Luthuli - News24 Travel)

2.    Saronsberg Wine Estate

Named after the Saronsberg mountain in which the estate overlooks, this modern wine farm is worth checking out. Formed in 2002, the estate labels itself as a “contemporary” wine estate, that continues to strive at innovation to bring wine lovers and people the very best of wine.

The estate, although only 10 years old, has already racked up award winning wines. For a full list of accolades, click here.

(Saronsberg Wine Estate, Dudu Luthuli - News24 Travel)


Tulbagh sells itself as a city of everything “romantic”, and we agree. There is no way you can walk about and not think of love,  and your (potential) significant other. The accommodation also follows this town theme

1. Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm & Spa

This place provides love birds with a quiet and hidden tree house stay. Being the only luxury tree houses in the Western Cape, this is a unique way of experiencing Tulbagh. Vindoux also provides many specials throughout the year, also making it a friendly gesture to one’s pocket.

For more information, visit the official site by clicking here.

(Vindoux Tree House, Dudu Luthuli - News24 Travel)

2. Rijks Country House

More on the "elegant" side of things, Rijks Country House also provides what Tulbagh does – spectacular views. Surrounded by the Witzenburg, this country house also boasts a restaurant, Governer’s Restaurant, that offers some of the best ribs we’ve ever tasted in the Western Cape. No lie.

For more information, visit the official site by clicking here

(Rijks Country House, Dudu Luthuli - News24 Travel)

3. Bain's Barn

This beautiful self catering accommodation, located in the centre of Tulbagh (Church street) features Cape Dutch style architecture with thatched roofs, a fully equipped kitchen, spacious lounge area and a secluded courtyard.

For more information, visit the official site by clicking here.

(Bain's Barn)

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