Word of Mouth: Cape Town

From beaches and gardens to design hotels and restaurants in South Africa's oldest city

Cape Town (or the Mother City as its lovingly referred to by locals) is an intoxicating blend of natural landscapes and eclectic, dynamic venues. Surrounded by white-sand beaches and anchored by the jagged granite mountaintops above, it’s easy to fall in love with this city for its beauty alone. But beyond the lush gardens, beaches and sprawling vineyards lies a cultural melting pot of warehouses-turned-markets, …

Austria’s 900-Year-Old Weingut Stift Klosterneuburg

The nation's oldest winery became Europe's first carbon-neutral one

Driving north from Vienna‘s city center, it’s easy to spot the twin bronze domes and, beyond them, the church spires of Stift Klosterneuburg, a 12th-century Augustinian monastery perched on a hilltop overlooking the Danube River. While the vistas from the monastery are as edifying as you might expect, the views it offers into the world of Austrian wine are even more so. Founded in 1114 …

Road Trip: California Wine Country

Barrel blending at a boutique winery, revamped luxury hotels and California delectables

Flanked by mountain ranges, Napa Valley is protected from the Pacific’s chilly marine influences and sweltering heat of the Central Valley, serendipitously forming a cradle that today nests 16 unique American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Exploring this world-famous corridor by car reveals more than a wealth of esteemed wineries, there are also historic landmarks, farm-to-table eateries, and a thriving luxury hotel scene. Starting in Healdsburg, then …