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Making wine culture inclusive in South Africa

Making wine culture inclusive in South Africa

Wine culture does not have to be snobby and nor should it be: but the Cape Winelands in South Africa have a dark past of exclusion and repression by the rich of the poor.

So the move by Mark Solms and the Astor Family in 2007 to make the farm workers one-third owners of the estate was bold and literally ground-breaking. Solms and team discovered an archaeological history buried on the farm which is now celebrated and preserved in the farm’s restaurant and tasting room.

The journey to proper representation and communal pride has not been easy. Solms Delta remains one of the very few places in the Winelands where the original inhabitants of the land benefit directly from and form part and parcel of every aspect of the entreprise.

There's so much to do here: choose from a visit to the deli, the museum, the culinary garden or the restaurant and tasting room. And the wine’s amazing too!

We recommend staying at Nooks Pied a Terre: an avant-garde five-star hideaway with a vast double height lounge area and superb kitchen. Prices from R2 750 ($190 / £153 / €185) for two sharing per night.


Walking through Waterford Wines
Meet and eat at this McGregor retreat

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Springfield Office Park
Belleville, Cape Town

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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.


Our logo is an image of a skull found in the Rising Star Cave System in Gauteng, South Africa in 2013. It was named ‘homo naledi’, meaning ‘human of the stars’.

The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.

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