A perk of the cold months is the chance to sit in front of a fireplace while sipping a glass of red wine. Try these cosy destinations:

Waterford Estate in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley is well known for its decadent choco- late and wine tasting. What could beat enjoying it next to a warm fire on a chilly day?

Recline on a plush couch at Guardian Peak with some beautiful coffee-table books while tasting their wines next to the fireplace. If you want to linger longer, the adjacent restaurant with fabu- lous views of the vineyards is perfect for lunch.

Hazendal welcomes guests with a roaring open fire in their lounge. After savouring a glass of award-winning wine, enjoy a meal in the Hermit- age Restaurant or visit the Marvol Museum for insight into Russian art and culture.

La Motte offers friendly ambience in a completely redesigned and refurbished tasting facility with a large fireplace for cosy winter tastings. The tast- ing room features original works of art by South African artist JH Pierneef, after whom the farm’s

Pierneef Collection is named.

• Alto is known for its impressive collection of

classically styled reds. Cosy up to the hearth for red wine sundowners, served with freshly baked bread, dukkah, pesto and extra virgin olive oil.

• Waterkloof on Sir Lowry’s Pass Road has a grand 360-degree fireplace in the tasting room that ra- diates warmth and style. The fine dining restaur- ant is situated inside a glass enclosure that offers spectacular views over the Hottentots Holland Mountains and False Bay.

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