Franschhoek - Paul Cluver (shorter route)
Drive South out of Franschoek on the R45, following signs for Villiersdorp. This road takes you through another wonderful mountain pass which opens out on to the Theewaterskloof Reservoir, where most of Cape Town’s water is stored. It’s a huge artificial lake, the shores of which are warm and sunny, so if you fancy a swim, give this a go.
Tel : (021) 844 0605
(Just to confuse you, the way to get to Paul’s is to turn LEFT when you reach the N2 from Theewaterskloof rather than RIGHT to go back to Cape Town. Follow the signs for N2 Caledon and you should be fine.)
Cluver wines are something else: Phil’s personal favourite is the Chardonnay and he doesn’t drink Chardonnay! The really special thing about Cluver is that this is genuinely a family owned and run business, not just a family owned business. On almost any given day of the week, you’ll meet one of the family and if you’re really lucky, you’ll time it with one of their summer concerts, which, if you’ve been sticking to the itinerary will bring you into the estate at the perfect time. Soak it all up, but remember you’ve still about an hour on the road to get back to Parker Cottage Guesthouse.