The Helderberg region is considered the entire wine-producing area located on the slopes and foothills of the Simonsberg mountains – from Somerset-West all the way through to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – more commonly referred to as the wine lands. There's something truly magical about this particular landscape and over the past wedding seasons this enchanting stretch of land has blossomed into the country's ultimate wedding paradise. The wine land is not only popular with local couples but also hosts star-crossed lovers that fly in from across the world to tie the knot in the vineyards. One thing is sure: In this region, classic luxury comes standard.
When it comes to settings and backdrops, there's certainly no shortage in this panoramic region. Pretty much all wine estates offer couples the choice of getting married outdoors, whether it be in the perfectly manicured gardens, on a hill overlooking the stunning landscapes or in the middle vineyards, surrounded by the aroma of fresh soil and dew drops. Should the weather not play along or the night air be a little chilly, a marquee is one perfect alternative, while few things can compare to a wedding reception hosted in a cosy and historic wine cellar.
The Helderberg area is pretty much every wedding photographers playground, boasting some of the most spectacular backdrops imaginable. From vineyards to hidden valleys, stables to age-old buildings and monuments, majestic mountains to wide open fields – every wine farm has its own stories to tell, offering you a selection of breathtaking settings to complement your unique taste and style.
A growing trend that's especially evident in this area, is eco-friendly wedding venues. Here the use of organic produce and environmentally friendly methods stretch all the way from the kitchen to the vineyards and wine cellar, giving couples the peace of mind that no ant of leaf has been harmed to make this magical day possible.
An added benefit of getting married in the wine lands is, of course, the availability of some of the country's finest wines... and plenty of it. Aside from the wine, most estates have on-site restaurants with a reputation for their highly skilled chefs and scrumptious cuisine, as well as resident wedding coordinators. This means that having a wedding on a wine estate is virtually hassle-free, taking most of the weight off the couple's shoulders and giving them the tranquility which lured them to the countryside in the first place.
These days practically all wine estate venues not only offer a ceremony and reception area, but on-site accommodation as well, thereby making it the ultimate convenient one-stop-wedding-shop. Accommodation can range from self-catering cottages and luxury bungalows, to historic manor- and guest houses, all of which speak of class, elegance and sophistication. With Paarl and Franschhoek just a stone's throw away, even late comers won't be hard up for a place to stay and both these towns are sure to entertain. However, with so many wine routes to explore, blends to taste and hills to explore, you might not feel inclined to step even one toe off the wine estate. ...less