Wednesday 12 July 2023

Val du Charron Wine Estate Review: Hotels in the Cape Winelands

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Wellington region of the Western Cape, lies a hidden gem that is sure to take your breath away. Val du Charron is a luxury wine and olive estate that offers the perfect combination of tranquility, stunning natural beauty, and world-class hospitality.


With its unmistakeable mountain views, the award winning Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate is situated in the picturesque Bovlei, ten minutes from the town of Wellington and under an hour’s drive from Cape Town. With a history of winemaking dating back to 1699 Val du Charron’s wines are available worldwide but are best enjoyed surrounded by the vineyards themselves at one of the Estate’s restaurants or from your own balcony at the 4 star Guesthouse or 5 star Coach house suite.


  • Val du Charron means Valley of the Wagonmakers
  • Located near the majestic Bainskloof
  • Wellington is a 45min drive from Cape Town
  • 4 and 5 star accommodation
  • 18 en-suite rooms and 3 spacious suites
  • 2 restaurants on site, Pizza Vista and The Grillroom
  • Val du Charron Wine Tasting and Cellar experience


  • Redemption Leather
  • Aruna
  • James Sedgewick Distillery
  • Take a drive along Bainskloof Pass

Welcome to Val du Charron Wine & Leisure Estate, the newest addition to Cape Country Routes. Nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Winelands, this enchanting estate is a hidden gem situated on a working vineyard with its very own cellar. Just a short drive away from Cape Town, Val du Charron offers a luxurious retreat where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of South African winemaking.

As you arrive at Val du Charron, you'll be captivated by the stunning surroundings. The estate boasts magnificent accommodation options, delectable dining experiences, wine tastings that will tantalize your taste buds, and thrilling MTB (mountain biking) and running trails for outdoor enthusiasts.

Let's start with the accommodation. The 4-star Guesthouse is a haven of luxury, featuring 18 exquisite suites, each offering a private balcony with sweeping views of the vineyards, gardens, and the majestic Hawekwa Mountains. For those seeking ultimate privacy, the 5-star Coach House is an exclusive getaway. With its three spacious suites, each equipped with its own plunge pool and private patio featuring a cozy fireplace, the Coach House is perfect for discerning guests.

If you're a history enthusiast, you'll be enchanted by The Manor House, which dates back to 1699. This historic building has been lovingly restored and transformed into a modern country escape, providing a truly unique and distinctive accommodation experience. The Manor House is a dream retreat for honeymooners or families seeking a luxurious, private, and relaxing holiday. It can comfortably accommodate four adults and two children (under 7 years old) sharing with their parents.

Now, let's move on to the culinary delights awaiting you at Val du Charron. The estate boasts two exceptional onsite restaurants. The Grillroom is a bespoke steakhouse that specializes in serving grain and grass-fed aged meats, along with a wide variety of seafood and poultry options. If you're in the mood for authentic Italian cuisine, head to Pizza Vista, located in the farm's historic cellar. This delightful eatery offers a selection of healthy and creative pizzas, paired perfectly with fine wines. Whether you're a food connoisseur or simply looking for a satisfying meal, these fully licensed restaurants will leave you craving for more.

Of course, no visit to Val du Charron would be complete without indulging in their renowned wine offerings. Prepare to embark on a unique wine tasting experience known as The Theatre of Wine. Immerse yourself in the art of winemaking as you sample their handcrafted premium red and white wines. To truly appreciate the estate's winemaking process, take a guided vineyard and cellar tour. Val du Charron's cellar produces exceptional wines crafted with passion and precision, destined for international acclaim.

For outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Val du Charron offers world-class MTB and running trails. With six routes starting from the estate, riders of all skill levels can explore the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Whether you're a novice or an experienced rider, these trails provide excellent opportunities for an exhilarating outdoor adventure.

It's no wonder that Val du Charron has been recognized for its innovation and excellence. The estate proudly holds the prestigious Drinks International Most Innovative Approach Wine Tourism award. Combining the timeless traditions and natural beauty of the region with modern comforts and technology, Val du Charron not only produces superb wines but also provides an unforgettable experience for its guests.

Prepare to embark on a journey of luxury, indulgence, and adventure as you discover the captivating Val du Charron Wine & Leisure Estate. From the moment you arrive, you'll be embraced by the magic of the Winelands and the warm hospitality of this extraordinary destination.

About Cape Country Routes (CCR)

Cape Country Routes (CCR) South Africa is a leading group of owner operated and managed accommodation and activity establishments - more than 20 privately owned hotels, lodges and guest houses - located on the scenic and historic routes in the Western and Eastern Cape. All carefully selected for their character, charm, and romance they offer the best accommodation and activity options to suit every taste and budget.


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