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Exploring the Delightful Babylonstoren Wine Farm in Franschhoek

Welcome to the first blog in a series of blogs covering the most gorgeous wine farms near The Coach House, Franschhoek, South Africa. 

If you’re soon to be staying in Franschhoek, why not consider staying with us at The Coach House? On top of our range of fabulous rooms, delicious breakfast, and our more-than-ideal location, our Franschhoek accommodation is just a short drive from some of the most beautiful wine farms in Franschhoek. 

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That’s why we want to tell you all about one of our favourite wine farms – we love visiting here and so do our guests, and that is Babylonstoren. 

This is simply a must-visit winery for when you’re touring the Cape Winelands.

A Passion For Wine: The Babylonstoren Wine Farm 

Babylonstoren is located on Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium. Their wine farm is one of the oldest working Cape Dutch farms in the Winelands region, and to this day, they are still at the top of their game. 

The Babylonstoren vineyard is the beating heart of this modern farm which produces an indulgent range of wines

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Always adapting, Babylonstoren uses state-of-the-art methods to produce their award-winning wine, such as utilising modern stainless steel tanks and three types of red wine fermenters. 

We believe that what makes Babylonstoren such an incredible place to visit is their love and passion for wonderful wine. This passion passes from the wine farmers and into their winemaking, ready for us to sample until we eventually drain our glasses dry.

Babylonstoren Wine Tasting 

When it comes to Franschhoek wine tasting, there are many wineries to visit and sample their best produce, and Babylonstoren is one that we recommend.

Wine tasting takes place in the Babylonstoren Tasting Room, a stunning room designed for guests to simmer and focus on the pleasure of wine. The Tasting Room sits next to the Babylonstoren Wine Cellar and also allows for breathtaking views of the conical Babylonstoren Hill, Simonsberg and the Banghoek Mountains. Trust us when we say that the gorgeous location makes these wines taste even better.

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There are plenty of tasting options available; choose either an exploration of Babylonstoren’s standard range of wines or an express tasting. 

This modern farm produces more than wine, which is something you will find out if you spring for a delectable platter to accompany your wine-tasting experience. Go for it. You’re on vacation, after all.

Franschhoek Wine Experience: Babylonstoren Cellar Tours

Franschhoek wine tours are not so hard to come by, but can you really have too many? Besides, the Babylonstoren vineyard offers a wonderful experience where you can tour the winemaking process from start to finish.

 

Firstly, the tour will begin with a visit to the vineyards where the vines are cultivated – feel the soil beneath your feet and the vines between your fingers 

Next, the tour will take you underground and into the working cellar itself – learn all about the machines and techniques that are adopted to produce fine wine 

To finish, a tasting session of a selection of Babylonstoren’s above-mentioned fine wines. If you’re lucky, there may be some delicacies from the farm to accompany your wine-tasting experience

The two-hour tour here at Babylonstoren Wine Farm just adds to the marvellousness of this magical place – the perfect activity for a solo traveller, couple or group journeying the Winelands Region in South Africa. 

In Summary

If you’re putting together a list of the top wineries in Franschhoek or some close-by, in preparation for your next holiday, then be sure to add Babylonstoren to your list. 

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When you stay at The Coach House, Babylonstoren is just a 20-minute drive away. Live-in managers, David and Jenny, will be more than happy to help you out with directions. 

This farm has plenty to offer as well as their wine experiences, such as the Babylonstoren farm-to-table philosophy that fuels their restaurants, a wine museum, the famous Babylonstoren garden, and a rejuvenating spa. 

Stay with The Coach House and visit Babylonstoren on your South African getaway!