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.
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