A-List Vineyards in Cape Town

The Wine Lover's Essential Guide to the A-List Vineyards in Cape Town

Cape Town, the heartland of South Africa’s wine culture, offers a diverse range of award-winning vineyards along world-famous wine routes for you to explore.

Wine grapes on the vine
Wine grapes on the vine

South African wine tourism is centred around the Cape’s award-winning vineyards, the heartland of our sunny country’s wine culture. In this comprehensive guide, we introduce you to the pick of the crop to include in your wine tour in the various geographical wine growing areas while enjoying your exciting holiday in Cape Town.

Discover the best vineyards in and around Cape Town

The first vineyards established in the Cape of Good Hope, back in 1685, were in Constantia. To this day, wineries in this area on the Eastern slopes of the Table Mountain Range are renowned for the award-winning wines grown and created here.

The most popular wine routes in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, is within an hour’s drive of the most popular wine routes in the country where wine lovers can sample a wide range of homegrown wines – all within an easy day trip from their luxury villa on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard.

With wine varieties on offer ranging from Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Viognier to delicious reds such as Pinor Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and South Africa’s unique Pinotage wine, Cape wines will not disappoint.

Constantia

The oldest wine region, Constantia, is only 20 minutes from Cape Town and well worth a visit to behold the heritage and history of South African wine culture.

The historic wine culture in the Cape of Good Hope in the Constantia Valley developed steadily and wine growing expanded to areas such as Somerset West, where the historic Vergelegen winery to this day produce excellent wines.

Cape Point

Cape Point, with the award-winning Cape Point Vineyards, is on the Atlantic side of the southern Cape Peninsula within 30 minutes of the city centre. A visit to this area can be combined with the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive, which visitors can take along the Atlantic Seaboard from Camps Bay to Hout Bay and then on to Noordhoek.

Helderberg

Today, the Helderberg area offers a unique wine tasting experience ranging from the offerings of the historic Vergelegen to modern-day Waterkloof with its olden day methods of biodynamic farming. All of this within an easy 45-minute drive from Cape Town, with sea views over the Indian Ocean seaside resorts of Gordon’s Bay and Strand.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is today seen as the heartland of South African wines and home to some of the top wine farms in the country. In fact, one of the award-winning wine estates in Stellenbosch, TOKARA, has just been named as one of the World’s Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands for 2018, making it one of only three South African wine brands to attain this global accolade.

Franschhoek

Franschhoek is about an hour from the city centre. Known as the gourmet capital of the country, Franschhoek has an elite wine route and offers wine tasting tours with its famous Franschhoek Wine Tram. Visitors will enjoy wine pairings at this town’s award-winning restaurants.

Durbanville

Durbanville is a suburb of Cape Town within about 30 minutes’ reach from the city centre. Here the vegetation is different – less tree-rich than Constantia but with beautiful rolling hills and the dramatic Drakenstein and Stellenbosch mountains in the background. Its popular wine route offers a few A-List entries, not just for its close proximity to Cape Town but also for its excellent quality, award-winning wines.

Within 45-minutes to an hour from Cape Town, the wine routes of Paarl and Wellington offer a vibrant wine culture for visitors to the Western Cape to enjoy.

Paarl

Paarl is a beautiful little town that offers history and hospitality in the true “Boland” way. (Boland means ‘land above’ and refers to the areas North East of Cape Town around the Drakenstein mountains where the early settlers claimed land.) Paarl is not only known for its wine, but also for well-made brandy and grappa.

Wellington

The Wellington wine route is a largely undiscovered gem for a day trip within an hour from Cape Town. A few pleasant surprises wait to be discovered at wine tastings in this town’s top wineries.

Nox Rentals has the pick of the crop of luxury accommodation in Cape Town, from where you can plan your day trips to visit South Africa’s award winning wine farms and enjoy wine tastings of some of the best wines in the country.

If you need advice, feel free to call our friendly team on +27 21 201 1217.

Cape wine tours with a guide

Organised wine tours are the best route to take for visitors who are interested in the wine culture and who would like to taste some of the best wines on offer. The wine industry is well geared at tourism and visitors can choose between taking a wine tour with a guide in a private car or joining a larger group.

It is best to do a little bit of homework before you venture out on a wine tour to decide which area(s) you would like to experience and which wineries you would like to visit. It can be overwhelming when driving towards a town like Stellenbosch to find winery upon winery – far too many to visit during a day trip to the winelands. It is also advisable to book your lunch venue in advance or find a winery that offers a wine pairing meal, where you can combine wine tasting with excellent food.

Set out with a reputable tour guide or book through a good wine tour operator, who will drive you around so that you can happily taste as many of the wines you will encounter.

You can also select wine farms to visit based on their varietal speciality, to limit the choices and customise your wine tour to suit you. For instance, lovers of Sauvignon Blanc can head for Cape Point Vineyards, Steenberg in Constantia and also the Durbanville wine farms for excellent examples of the Sauvignon Blanc produced in the Cape.

Savour the Cape's award-winning wines

The international wine industry has numerous wine competitions and a large variety of significant awards allocated to wines from all over the world. While the proof is always in the tasting, these competition and award winners do give consumers a good guideline when making wine purchases.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) 2017 category winners include some South African wineries such as Kanonkop and Jordan Wine Estates near Stellenbosch, Stellenrust Wine Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and Nederburg Wines near Paarl. Kanonkop Wine Estates also took Winemaker of the Year Trophy 2017 and South African Wine Producer of the Year 2017 in the IWSC.

Wine tasting at Cape Town's top wineries

Wine tasting is a popular leisure activity in and around Cape Town and most wineries are ready to receive visitors in their well-appointed tasting rooms.

Harvest time is the best time of the year to visit Cape Town because wineries are generally in a festive mode and visitors can even participate in family fun activities such as grape stomping in barrels.

Some of the wineries may charge a nominal fee for wine tasting, while many will forfeit the tasting ticket for visitors who buy wine. Wineries are generally able to ship wines across the globe for visitors, enhancing the wine tasting experience for those who would like to send memorable wines home to savour long after their holiday is over.

While there are many large and established wine estates in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, visitors will also be delighted to find some small wine farms where boutique wines are produced. Most of the boutique wineries will receive guests on appointment only.

Visitors enjoying their accommodation in Camps Bay can use our Top 3 lists for each of the wine routes (see below) as a guide of A-List wine farms to visit. All the wineries listed below are within an hour’s drive from visitors’ luxury accommodation.

If you need advice, feel free to call our friendly team on +27 21 201 1217.

Constantia Valley wine farms

Visitors keen on a Constantia Valley wine tour can hop on the City Sightseeing bus, which will take them to various Constantia Nek wine estates on a circular route.

Apart from the wineries listed below, the following wine farms in the Constantia Valley are also worth a visit: Buitenverwachting; Klein Constantia; Constantia Uitsig; Steenberg and Silvermist.

Groot Constantia Estate
Credit: Groot Constantia Estate

Groot Constantia Estate

Groot Constantia, the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa is well worth a visit

Wines

  • Gouverneur’s Reserve White
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
  • Chardonnay
  • Gouverneurs Reserve Red (Bordeaux blend)
  • Constantia Rood
  • Merlot
  • Pinotage
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Blanc de Noir
  • Method Cap Classique Rose
  • Cape Ruby (Touriga Naçional fortified wine)
  • Cape Brandy VSOP
  • Grand Constance dessert wine

Special interest

This historic farm has amassed an impressive list of accolades over the years, including Decanter Wine Awards, Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards, International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards, International Wine Challenge Awards and South African Veritas Awards.

Most of its wine regularly received 4.5 and 5 Stars ratings by the Platters’ South African Wine Guide, a local authority on wine.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes (two)

Restaurants: Yes

  • Simon’s
  • Jonkershuis

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Original Cape Dutch Manor House
  • Cloete Cellar – the birthplace of Grand Constance
  • Wine museum and cultural history museum
  • Two free audio walking tours may be downloaded to learn more about the vineyards and modern-day production cellar

Website

Eagle's Nest Wines
Credit: Eagle’s Nest

Eagle’s Nest

Cradled in a secluded valley high up on the slopes of Table Mountain, this wine farm’s origins can be traced back to 1836 when it was used as a refreshment station. Today, this valuable land is planted with wine varieties best suited its unique terroir.

Wines

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Merlot
  • Shiraz
  • Little Eagle Rose

Special interest

Eagle’s Nest has an Eagle Conservation project in which these majestic birds are given a chance to survive despite the vast number of new developments in the Constantia Valley. The Sauvignon Blanc attracts a lot of attention and has in the past won a Veritas Gold Medal and good ratings in the Platters’ South African Wine Guide and Tim Atkins SA Report.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: No

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Wine tasting and platters available to enjoy on the lawn

Website

Beau Constantia
Credit: Beau Constantia

Beau Constantia

A boutique wine farm situated at the top of Constantia Nek overlooking False Bay, owned by the Du Preez family.

Wines

  • Pierre (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon)
  • Cecily (Viognier)
  • Pas de Nom White (Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier)
  • Lucca (Bordeaux Blend)
  • Aidan (Shiraz, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon blend)
  • Stella (Shiraz)
  • Pas de Nom Red (red blend)
  • Pas de Nom MCC (Chardonnay)

Special interest

Beau Constantia produces a timeless and elegant gin (Karin); vodka (Leon) and an amber vodka (Ronald) in collaboration with Guy Munton Private Artisanal Distiller. The winery receives regular good ratings by wine authorities and has numerous wine awards to boot.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Chef’s Warehouse

Accommodation: No

Other: n/a

Website

Constantia Glen
Credit: Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen

The 60-hectare wine farm, with 29 hectares under vine, produces a maximum of 100 000 bottles of Constantia Glen wines per year.

Wines

  • Two (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon)
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Three (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend)
  • Five (Classic Bordeaux blend)

Special interest

Visitors can enjoy delicious Flammkuchen and summer salads at the tasting room to complement your wine tasting. The wines receive regular good ratings by the likes of Platter’s South African Wine Guide, Wine Spectator, Falstaff Magazine and The Wine Advocate, in addition to the awards it has won in international competitions.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: No

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Platters and summer salads served in the tasting room or on the lawn

Website

Cape Peninsula wine farms

The new Cape Point Wine District was formally asserted in 1998 and is relatively new on the Cape’s wine route itinerary. Various young, but promising vineyards are situated on the western edges of the Cape Peninsula and the district is recognised for its Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon because of the cool climate.

Cape Point Vineyards
Credit: Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards, in the rural suburb of Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula, is an award-winning wine estate with a unique close proximity to the ocean and ancient soil of the Table Mountain Range.

Wines

  • Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc (97% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Semillon)
  • Isliedh (82% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Semillon)
  • Chardonnay
  • Splattered Toad Sauvignon Blanc
  • Noordhoek Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2016
  • Splattered Toad Shiraz

Special interest

Visit the weekly Cape Point Vineyards Community Market on Thursday afternoons and enjoy Cape Point Vineyards wines, craft beer and food from pop-up vendors while watching the sunset over the spectacular Noordhoek beach.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Under the Tent

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Picnic on the lawn
  • Market on Thursdays
  • Wedding venue

Website

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Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands is within an easy 30 to 60-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre. Its geographic divide includes the suburb of Durbanville and the towns of Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington.

Durbanville wine farms

The Northern Suburbs of Cape Town is home to the Durbanville Wine Route. Known for its outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, there are 13 wine farms on this route. De Grendel, Canto, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery, Groot Phesantekraal Wines, Altydgedacht, Bloemendal Wine Estate, D’Aria Winery, Signal Gun Wines are also worth a visit.

Durbanville Hills
Credit: Durbanville Hills

Durbanville Hills

With its view of Table Mountain and Robben Island in the Atlantic Ocean, Durbanville Hills has become a steady favourite to visit on the Durbanville wine route.

Wines

Durbanville Hills Range

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Chardonnay

Rhinofields Range

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay

The Tangram Range

  • White Blend (Bordeaux-style blend)

Durbanville Hills Range

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Pinotage

Rhinofields Range

  • Merlot
  • Pinotage
  • Shiraz

The Tangram Range

  • Red Blend (Bordeaux Blend)
  • Merlot Rosé

Durbanville Hills Range

  • Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Rhinofields Range

  • Noble Late Harvest

Special interest

Lovers of Sauvignon Blanc will adore Durbanville Hills’ award-winning wines and its setting, which benefits from the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze.

Book a wine safari with Durbanville Hills to visit Table Mountain, take a stroll along the top of the mountain and descent by cable car, followed by a tasting of Durbanville Hills’ wines at a lookout point overlooking the city.

The second option is a visit to the cellar door at Durbanville Hills Wines, 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, to enjoy wine tasting or biltong and wine pairing.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Wedding and private function venue

Website

Meerendal
Credit: Meerendal Wine Estate

Meerendal Wine Estate

At this 300-year old wine estate, the team is not only passionate about wine, but also about the annual international Cape Epic mountain bike event and a variety of community charities.

Wines

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Merlot
  • Pinotage
  • Shiraz
  • The Heritage Block Pinotage

Special interest

Apart from its affinity with mountain biking, Meerendal has a Wine Academy on its premises where delegates can obtain the Cape Wine Academy Certificate and Meerendal Wine Academy Certificate.

The Durbanville 5km free entry Parkrun also takes place at Meerendal every Saturday at 8 AM. Various Gold awards for its wine complete the picture at this exciting winery.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Crown Restaurant

Accommodation: Yes

  • Luxury Boutique Hotel

Other:

  • Carlucci’s Deli
  • Wedding and private function venue
  • Saturday Parkrun
  • Wine Academy
  • Art Gallery

Website

Diemersdal
Credit: Diemersdal Wine Estate

Diemersdal Wine Estate

Diemersdal wines are the perfect expression of the distinct Durbanville terroir, blending the old and new worlds of winemaking and using the complex interaction between topography, soil content and climate to make excellent wines.

Wines

  • MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc
  • 8 Rows Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
  • Grüner Veltliner
  • Chardonnay Unwooded
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wild Horseshoe Sauvignon Blanc
  • Winter Ferment (Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Malbec
  • Matys Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
  • Merlot
  • Shiraz
  • Pinotage
  • Pinotage Reserve
  • Private Collection
  • Grenache
  • MM Louw Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sauvignon Rosé
  • Noble Late Harvest
  • Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Special interest

Diemersdal Wine Estate exports its award-winning wines throughout Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, Asia, Russia and New Zealand. Its range of Sauvignon Blanc wines are world-renowned and have received numerous local and international wine awards.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Diemersdal Farm Eatery

Accommodation: No

Other: n/a

Website

Somerset West wine farms

The Helderberg area attracts a lot of attention in the wine world. Wine farms such as Flagstone Winery, Journey’s End Vineyards and Morgenster Wine Farm (which is also well known for their award-winning olive oil) is well worth including in a wine tour of the area.

Vergelegen
Credit: Vergelegen Estate

Vergelegen Estate

With a history that dates back to 1 February 1700, Vergelegen Estate is something special to experience. Its exquisite gardens and variety of activities on offer makes for a pleasant outing.

Wines

Flagship Range

  • Vergelegen GVB White

Reserve Range

  • Semillon
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Premium Range

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Flagship Range

  • Vergelegen V
  • Vergelegen GVB Red

Reserve Range

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Shiraz
  • DNA

Premium Range

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz

Reserve Range

  • Straw Wine
  • MMV Brut

Special interest

Visit Vergelegen’s heritage sites, the Homestead, Library, Mill Ruins, Slave Lodge and surrounding gardens. Enjoy the shade of five historic camphor trees planted in 1700, which survive to this day, an old English Oak that is over 300 years old, as well as a White Mulberry dating back to 1700.

You can also see the “Royal” Oak planted in 1928 from an acorn originating from the last of King Alfred’s oak trees as Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Vergelegen Estate and its wines have earned more than 200 awards since 1992.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Camphors Signature Restaurant
  • Stables at Vergelegen Bistro Restaurant

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Picnics
  • Homestead
  • Library
  • Mill Ruins
  • Slave Lodge
  • Garden sites
  • Environmental project to re-introduce indigenous fauna and flora
  • Nguni Cattle Stud
  • Bontebok viewing

Website

Waterkloof Wine Estate
Credit: Waterkloof Wine Estate

Waterkloof Wine Estate

This biodynamic wine farm embraces its WWF Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champion status while producing excellent wines.

Wines

  • Circle of Life White
  • Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc

Circumstance

  • Viognier
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Chardonnay

Seriously Cool

  • Chenin Blanc

False Bay Peacock

  • Windswept Sauvignon Blanc
  • Crystalline Chardonnay
  • Slow Chenin Blanc
  • Circle of Life Red

Circumstance

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Mourvèdre
  • Syrah
  • Cape Coral Mourvèdre

Seriously Cool

  • Cinsault

False Bay Peacock

  • Old School Syrah
  • Bush Vine Pinotage

False Bay Peacock

  • Whole Bunch Cinsault/Mourvédre Rosé
  • Astraeus MCC Chardonnay
  • Astraeus MCC Pinot Noir

Special interest

Percheron-drawn ploughs to tend to the vineyards add to the fact that Waterkloof’s honest wines are made in the vineyard. The Restaurant at Waterkloof receives rave reviews and has a list of Eat Out Awards bearing testimony to the quality and innovation guests can taste here.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Waterkloof Signature Restaurant
  • The Tasting Lounge (platters)

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Wedding venue
  • Horseback rides
  • Guided walks
  • Tour With Us experience
  • Return helicopter trip from V&A Waterfront to Waterkloof for lunch

Website

Lourensford Wine Estate
Credit: Lourensford Wine Estate

Lourensford Wine Estate

This expansive estate has over 4 000 hectares of forest, fynbos, fruit orchards and vineyards rising up the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains.

Wines

The River Garden

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

Estate Range

  • Chardonnay

Limited Release

  • Chardonnay
  • Viognier

The Flower Collection

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

The River Garden

  • Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon

Estate Range

  • Merlot
  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Limited Release

  • SMV
  • Merlot
  • Red Blend

The Flower Collection

  • Rosé

Estate Range

  • Honey Liqueur

Limited Release

  • MCC Brut
  • MCC Brut Rosé
  • Noble Late Harvest

Special interest

Lourensford is a destination in itself with markets, trail running and mountain biking events, with award-winning wines and spectacular views to boot.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • The Millhouse Kitchen

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • ABRU craft brewery
  • Coffee Roastery
  • Art Gallery
  • Outdoor markets
  • Music Concerts
  • Cycling & trail-running events
  • Lifestyle Retreat Studio and Shop
  • Spa
  • Clay pigeon adventures
  • Trout Fishing
  • Montessori school
  • The Aleit Group and Academy and function venue

Website

Stellenbosch wine farms

Stellenbosch is the heartland of the Cape Winelands. This student town revolves around the University of Stellenbosch and still plays host to one of the most popular wine route destinations in South Africa.

Visitors truly are spoilt for choice with the large number of excellent wineries available where one can drop in to taste wine, have lunch and generally enjoy the fruit of the vine in all its shapes.

Do not miss Spier Wine Farm with its added attractions such as the Eagle Encounters, Lanzerac Wine Estate, Tokara, Beyerskloof, Brenaissance, Simonsig, Blaauwklippen, Murati, Delheim, Knorhoek, Morgenhof, L’Avenir, Waterfort, Jordan Wine Estate, Villiera Wines, Warwick Wine Estate, Vergenoegd, Neethlingshof Estate, Uva Mira, Hartenberg, Zorgvliet, Rust en Vrede and many more.

Ernie Els Wines
Credit: Ernie Els Wines

Ernie Els Wines

Former World Number 1 golfer Ernie Els pursues excellence and his wine is no exception. Sports fans especially will enjoy the experience of visiting this impeccable wine farm in Stellenbosch.

Wines

Ernie Els

  • Sauvignon Blanc

Big Easy

  • Chenin Blanc

Proprietor’s

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz)
  • Syrah

Ernie Els

  • Signature Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

Big Easy

  • Red Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Big Easy

  • Rosé

Special interest

Ernie Els is a globally recognised sportsman and his wines have a reputation in the market as some of Stellenbosch’s greats. Keen golfers can come take part in the chipping competition, which is held every last Friday and Saturday of the month at the wine farm.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Ernie Els Lunches available on the farm
  • The Big Easy Stellenbosch

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Chipping course

Website

Kanonkop Wines
Credit: Kanonkop Wine Estate

Kanonkop Wine Estate

Internationally acclaimed wine farm Kanonkop has been producing premium award-winning wines in Stellenbosch. This fourth generation family estate is located on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain.

Wines

  • Black Label Pinotage
  • Paul Sauer
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinotage
  • Kadette Pinotage
  • Kadette Cape Blend
  • Pinotage Rosé

Special interest

A regular top performer in the International Wine and Spirit Competition, Kanonkop enjoys widespread international recognition as one of South Africa’s top wineries that consistently produce excellent quality red wines.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant:

  • Cheese platters in the summer
  • Cape Snoek (game fish)
  • Barbeque available for a minimum of 15 guests

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Art gallery

Website

Delaire Graff Estate
Credit: Delaire Graff Estate

Delaire Graff Estate

This jewel of the Cape Winelands has been developed into a world-leading destination for wine, art and hospitality and is well worth a visit to marvel at its unrivalled setting and discerning quality.

Wines

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Special interest

Graff Diamonds’ Laurence Graff opened the doors to the Delaire Graff Estate in 2009, having transformed the previous Delaire wine farm into an extraordinary luxury destination that enjoys status as a Relais & Chateux property.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant:

  • Delaire Graff Restaurant
  • Indochine

Accommodation: Yes

  • Delaire Graff Lodge

Other:

  • Spa
  • Art gallery
  • The Gardens
  • Techno gym
  • Private dining and events
  • Graff Diamonds Boutique
  • 100% Capri Linen Boutique
  • Vana Boutique

Website

Franschhoek wine farms

South Africa’s gourmet capital, Franschhoek, is also the mecca of wine excellence in the Cape Winelands.

Be sure to include any of the following wine farms in your wine tour: Dieu Donne Vineyards, Lynx Wines, Stony Brook Vineyards, Vrede en Lust Winery, Glenwood Vineyards, La Motte Wine Estate, Allee Bleue, Boschendal Manor & Winery, Topiary Wines, Rickety Bridge Winery, Antonij Rupert Wyne, Grand Provence Estate, Haute Cabriere, Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, L’Omarins, Noble Hill Wine Estate, Leopard’s Leap, Mont Rochelle, Moreson, Solms-Delta Farm and Graham Beck Winery,

Credit: Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Wine making couple Chris and Andrea Mullineux teamed up with Analjit Singh to produce remarkable wines in the country.

Wines

Mullineux Range

  • Old Vines White
  • Olerasay

Essence

  • Schist Chenin
  • Granite Chenin
  • Quartz Chenin Leliefontein

The Kloof Street Range

  • Chenin Blanc

Mullineux Range

  • Syrah

Essence

  • Granite Syrah
  • Schist Syrah “Roundstone”
  • Iron Syrah

The Kloof Street Range

  • Swartland Rouge

Mullineux Range

  • Straw Wine

Special interest

Andrea Mullineux was crowned Winemaker of the Year 2016 by Wine Enthusiast and Mullineux Family Wine was Platter’s Wine Guide 2014 and 2016’s “Winery of the Year”.

It’s not easy to find most of the winery’s excellent sold out Chenin Blanc wines. As part of the prestigious Leeu Collection, Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines enjoys exposure to elite clientele from all over the world.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

  • Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines
  • The Wine Studio

Restaurants (in Franshhoek): Yes

  • The Dining Room
  • The Conservatory
  • The Garden Room
  • Bar at LQF
  • Marigold
  • Tuk

Accommodation: Yes

  • Leeu Collection has a variety of hotels available in the Franschhoek Valley

Other:

  • Art gallery
  • Four Quarter Vineyards
  • Herb & Vegetable Garden
  • Bokkie Garden
  • Vineyard Walk

Website

Boekenhoutskloof
Credit: Boekenhoutskloof Winery

Boekenhoutskloof Winery

Named after a ravine with indigenous Cape Beach trees, Boekenhoutskloof is a magical little wine farm that is located in the furthest corner of the Franschhoek valley.

Wines

Boekenhoutskloof

  • Semillon

Porcupine Ridge

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Viognier Grenache Blanc

The Wolftrap

  • White

Boekenhoutskloof

  • Syrah
  • Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

The Chocolate Block

  • Red blend from Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier

Porcupine Ridge

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah
  • Syrah Viognier

The Wolftrap

  • Red

Boekenhoutskloof

  • Porcupine Ridge Rosé

The Wolftrap

  • Rosé

Special interest

Boekenhoutskloof produces award-winning wines and receives regular raving reviews from wine connoisseurs worldwide. It is one of the founding members of Franschhoek Mountain Conservancy, is dedicated to the conservation of its Cape Floral Kingdom.

A rare Erica called Erica Lerouxiae has been identified on the property and is unique to Boekenhoutskloof and the neighbouring farm, Haut Espoir.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes Tasting by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 Restaurant: No Accommodation: No Other: n/a

Website

Credit: Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

One of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms, Babylonstoren has been developed into a beautiful and interesting destination featuring the finest fruit and vegetable gardens in the Cape Winelands.

Wines

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Chardonnay
  • Babel Red
  • Shiraz
  • Nebukadnesar
  • Mourvèdre Rosé
  • Sprankel (MCC)

Special interest

Step into the oasis that is Babylonstoren and spend the day enjoying everything on offer here – from the Farm Shop and Bakery, to the spa and a guided tour of the spectacular gardens.

The Babylonstoren Nebukadneser 2014 – a Bordeaux blend, took the gold medal at the Decanter Wine Awards in 2017.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Babel (fine dining)
  • Greenhouse (light meals, home-baked treats)

Accommodation: Yes

  • Farm Hotel

Other:

  • Garden
  • Spa
  • Bakery
  • Shop
  • Functions
  • Workshops

Website

Paarl wine farms

The quaint city of Paarl is only 40 minutes from Cape Town and is home to the Afrikaans Language Monument and the unusual Pearl mountain, a huge granite rock.

Paarl lies in a popular wine growing area and is home to many excellent wineries and wine farms. Wineries not to be missed in the area include Spice Route Destination, Fairview, Landskroon, Backsberg, Plaisir de Merle, Ridgeback’s Wines, KWV Wine Emporium, Boland Cellar and Rhebokskloof, to name a few.

Nederburg
Credit: Nederburg Wines

Nederburg Wines

A winery with a heritage dating back to 1791, Nederburg is a household name throughout South Africa and is known for wines of consistent high quality.

Wines

One of a Kind

  • Lyric
  • Duet
  • Stein

56Hundred

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine Masters

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio0
  • Riesling
  • Special Late Harvest

Manor House

  • Sauvignon Blanc

Heritage Heroes

  • The Anchorman
  • The Beautiful Lady
  • The Young Air Hawk

Ingenuity

  • White Blend

1791

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay

One of a Kind

  • Baronne

56Hundred

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

The Wine Masters

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Merlot

Manor House

  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Heritage Heroes

  • The Motorcycle Marvel
  • The Brew Master

Ingenuity

  • Italian Blend
  • Spanish Blend

II Centuries

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

1791

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Merlot
  • Pinotage

One of a Kind

  • Rosé

1791

  • Rosé

The Wine Masters

  • Noble Late Harvest

Special interest

Step back in time to visit the historic Nederburg farm. Enjoy a tour of the state-of-the-art cellar and the Old Cellar Museum.

Every year, Nederburg plays host to the Nederburg Auction, a showcase for South African wines.

Nederburg has an impressive list of wine awards under its belt and won 105 Awards in 2017 alone, including great ratings from Platter’s, awards from the International Wine and Spirit Competition and Decanter World Wine Awards.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Red Door

Accommodation: No

Other:

  • Function venue

Website

Laborie
Credit: Laborie

Laborie

The historic Laborie wine estate is located in the main road of Paarl. Wine has been produced her since 1698.

Wines

Taillefert Wines

  • Chardonnay

Estate Range

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc

Limited Collection

  • Chardonnay

Taillefert Wines

  • Pinot Noir

Estate Range

  • Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Limited Collection

  • Merlot
  • Shiraz

Taillefert Wines

  • Crémant De Taillefert Brut MCC

Méthode Cap Classique

  • MCC Brut Rosé
  • MCC Brut
  • MCC Blanc de Blancs

Limited Collection

  • Jean Taillefert MCC

Fortifieds and Brandy

  • Pineau de Laborie

Special interest

Laborie’s sparkling wines often make an appearance at celebrations in South Africa and Laborie has won the trophy for the best Brut at the 2015 Amorim Cap Classique Awards, organised by the Cap Classique Producers Association.

Made in the traditional French way with the second fermentation taking place inside the bottle, Laborie’s Méthode Cap Classique bubbly gets rave reviews.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

  • At the iconic Manor House on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00 (16:00 on Sundays)

Restaurant:

  • Cucina di Giovanni (Mediterranean inspired cuisine)
  • Pearl Rock Terrace (simple seasonable lunches and dinners)

Accommodation: Yes

Other:

  • National Monument (Manor House built in 1750)

Location

Coordinates:

Website

Avondale
Credit: Avondale

Avondale

A wine farm with the ethos “Soil is Life”, Avondale prides itself on its certified organic status. Working with the ecosystem, promoting biodiversity and employing ducks to manage vineyard pests naturally, Avondale works with nature to produce their range of fine wines.

Wines

  • Armilla Blanc de Blanc
  • Anima
  • Cyclus
  • Samsara
  • La Luna
  • Navitas
  • Amphora
  • Camissa

Special interest

Nature lovers rejoice to find an upmarket winery offering organic wines of exceptional quality. The additional of the award-winning FABER restaurant on the estate makes a visit to Avondale compulsory when visiting the Cape Winelands.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • FABER offers exceptional seasonal meals created by Chef Eric Bulpitt

Accommodation: Yes

Other:

  • Book an Eco Wine Safari and enjoy exploring the winelands like never before
  • Event venue

Website

Wellington wine farms

This town, adjacent to Paarl, if often referred to as the place of origin of wine in South Africa, since this is where most of the nurseries that cultivate new vines are found.

This town also hosts a handful of impressive wine farms that is worth including on a wine tour, such as Imbuko Wines, Wellington Wines, Andreas Wines, Dunstone Wines and Linton Park Wines.

Diemersfontein
Credit: Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate

Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate

A private and tranquil country estate that has it all – from award-winning wines to an upmarket housing estate, restaurant, venue, guest cottages and manor house.

Wines

Thokozani

  • CCV (Chenin Chardonnay Viognier)

Ovation

  • Sauvignon Blanc

Premium

  • Chenin Blanc

Carpe Diem

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Viognier

Thokozani

  • SMV (Shiraz Mourvédre, Viognier)

Ovation

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

Premium

  • Pinotage
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Merlot
  • Summer’s Lease
  • Harlequin Shiraz Pinotage

Carpe Diem

  • Malbec
  • Pinotage

Thokozani

  • Rosé

Special interest

Diemersfontein has positioned itself in the market as Pinotage Ambassadors. Pinotage is a uniquely South African wine variety and this wine farm has created a large following in the South African marketplace with its Coffee Chocolate Pinotage.

In 2017, Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Malbec 2015 took top honours for Malbec in the Novare SA Terroir Awards and its Carpe Diem Pinotage 2015 was awarded first place in the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage competition for 2017.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: Yes

  • Seasons

Accommodation: Yes

Other:

  • Venue for the annual Pinotage on Tap festival
  • Tractor rides through the vineyard
  • Fynbos horse trails
  • Beauty salon

Website

Doolhof
Credit: Doolhof Wine Estate

Doolhof Wine Estate

Hidden almost at the end of a valley at the foot of the Bains Kloof mountain pass behind Groenberg Mountain Range, visitors will discover the beautiful Doolhof farm.

Wines

Signatures of Doolhof

  • Chardonnay Unwooded
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Legends of the Labyrinth

  • Lady in White

The Cape Series

  • Chenin Blanc

Carpe Diem

  • Cape Crane

Signatures of Doolhof

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Single Vineyard Pinotage
  • Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
  • Single Vineyard Malbec

Legends of the Labyrinth

  • Theseus
  • The Minotaur
  • Lady in Red
  • Dark Lady

The Cape Series

  • Pinotage
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Merlot
  • Summer’s Lease
  • Harlequin Shiraz Pinotage

Carpe Diem

  • Cape Boar

Signatures of Doolhof

  • Malbec Bush Vine Blanc de Noir

Special interest

The farm lies in the far corner of the Wagon Maker’s Valley (Val du Charron) – a historic area in Wellington that housed French Huguenots from the early 1700s. Doolhof is the Afrikaans word for a Labyrinth.

This farm’s Single Vineyard Malbec and Single Vineyard Pinotage have attracted attention from the wine critiques and has won the farm an impressive number of awards.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

Restaurant: No

Accommodation: Yes

  • Grand Dédale is a five-star Country House

Other:

  • Picnics on the lawn
  • Wedding venue
  • Hiking, trail running and mountain biking trails

Website

Bosman wines
Credit: Bosman Family Vineyards

Bosman Family Vineyards

The Bosman Family Vineyards has been in the Bosman family since 1707 and is the leading producer of Fairtrade wine from South Africa, to this day making wine in its restored 260-year old cellar.

The original farm in Wellington has been complemented by the addition of a farm in Hermanus’ Upper Hemel-en-Aarde valley, a top Sauvignon Blanc producing area.

Wines

  • Skin Contact Pinot Gris
  • Semillon
  • Fides Grenache Blanc

Adama

  • White

Special Vineyard Selection

  • Optenhorst Chenin Blanc

Bo-Vallei

  • Chenin Blanc

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinotage
  • Erfenis
  • Nero D’Avola
  • Twyfeling Cinsaut

Adama

  • Red

Bo-Vallei

  • Merlot

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde

  • Pinot Noir
  • De Bos Rosé
  • Loose Canon MCC
  • Dolce Primitivo desert wine
  • Soet Steen

Special interest

Bosman Family Vineyards is a leading ethical producer of premium wines, devoted to handcrafted, responsible wine making. This award-winning winery has been producing especially notable Chenin Blanc wines crafted by acclaimed winemaker Corlea Fourie.

Facilities

Tasting room: Yes

  • A new tasting room has now also opened at its premises in Hermanus

Restaurant: No

Accommodation: No

Other: n/a

Website

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