Did you know?
Vinotherapy first originated in the wine-growing French region of Bordeaux.
The concept of vinotherapy is a relatively new trend in South Africa, but has been available in Europe for many years.
Basically this ‘wine therapy' utilises the skins, seeds and stalks of grapes in various ways – treatments could include anything from facials and body embalming to massages and scrubs. The antioxidant properties of the grapes are excellent in detoxifying the body and skin, while the polyphenals (found in grape seeds) will help to fight free radicals.
Vinotherapy is South Africa, has it's own special brand of creativity. The Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town has a special head-to-toe vinotherapy experience called the Vine Secret Vintage Experience that includes exfoliation, body wrap, massage and a facial using grapes grown in the nearby Winelands.
The Spa at Constantia Uitsig has a signature treatment called Uitsig Les Aromes Du Vin which is prepared using the age-old tradition of wine blending combined with the science of aromatherapy. The exfoliation is done using specific vine bark, sugar, cloves and juniper berries, followed by an aromatherapy massage using oils especially selected to compliment the wine. The treatment was put together by the Constantia Uitsig winemakers and the spa's therapists.
South African vinotherapy also makes use of our very own homegrown pinotage grape in its treatments. At the Serenite Wellness Centres in Century City and Franschhoek you will be able to enjoy a Pinotage Embalming Ritual or try out the Heard it Through the Grapevine package that incorporates a 60-minute pinotage facial, a 60-minute pinotage body polishing treatment, a body balancing treatment and a foot massage.
The newly re-opened Sante Winelands Hotel and Wellness Centre, set on a 160-ha wine estate in the Drakenstein Valley, offers a Pinotage and Lime Exfoliation Treatment, Pinotage Elixir hydrobath and Aromavine detoxifying Pinotage massage. A 5-star hotel and fine dining restaurant, Sommelier, are on site.
So next time you're in the Western Cape make sure you book yourself a vinotherapy treatment, and afterwards why not enjoy a glass or two of chardonnay.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Mount Nelson Hotel is in the heart of Cape Town. The Serenite Wellness Centres are found in Century City and Franschhoek. Constantia Uitsig is in the Cape Town suburb of Constantia.
Mount Nelson Hotel:
Tel: +27 (0) 21 483 1000
Serenite Wellness Centres:
Tel: +27 (0) 82 658 6111
Tel: +27 (0) 21 794 0433
Sante Winelands Hotel and Wellness Centre:
Tel: +27 (0) 21 875 8100
Best time to visit
Any time is a good time for vinotherapy. Enquire at the individual spas for timing. Remember to book in advance.
Around the area
Visit the Cape Winelands. Start off in Constantia and then make your way to Stellenbosch or Franschhoek.
Tours to do
One must organise a wine-tasting tour at a working estate – either before or after your vinotherapy treatment.
How to get around
Self-drive is always a great option as there is so much to see and do in and around Cape Town. The winelands are also a great place for taking a long road trip.
What will it cost
Costs and treatments will vary from spa to spa. Please visit the various websites for more detail.
Length of stay
Different treatments will take a different length of time. One can also book half-day and full-day packages that combine vinotherapy and other treatments.
Where to stay
Cape Town has a wealth of accommodation on offer. Both the Mount Nelson Hotel and Constantia Uitsig are excellent accommodation options.
What to eat
Try out the health menus at the various spas – light, fresh and organic.
Local wines and vinotherapy beauty products.