Cabernet Sauvignon, Beaujolais, Riesling, Malbec, Pinot Grigio… If you like wine as much as we do then we have another reason for you to visit South Africa, the Cape Winelands!
Dating back to 1659, the winelands are home to 18 different regions, a myriad of awarding winning wines and one of the longest wine routes in the world. It will easily sweep you off your feet. The breathtaking valleys are second to none and the combination of stunning wines with artisanal cuisine will leave you wanting more. While we recommend dedicating a few days for proper exploration, some of the best wineries are also accessible for a day trip. Check out our top recommendations for a taste of what South African wines have to offer. We promise you will fall in love.
Ernie Els Wines
Best known for his involvement in sport, Ernie Els Wines is a destination for all golf lovers. Not only are the wines fantastic but the property showcases many of Mr. Els’ career accomplishments. The trophy rooms offers fans the chance to see many of his awards up close and in person. As a result, you may have to drag your golf lover away with the chance to see Mr. Els’ private tasting room. If time allows, ask for a quick tour of the cellars. Here, you will have the opportunity to see where Mr. Els’ himself enjoys the wine.
Located in the Stellenbosch region, Rustenberg is a family owned winery originally founded in 1682. Due to its rich history, the estate is a true South African winery experience. A purveyor of excellence, be sure to sample the Peter Barlow. Made from one of the oldest vineyards on the property, the wine emphasizes the quality of the terrain and the expert cellaring. Made in small quantities, it is considered highly collectable. Also, do not miss exploring the grounds. The gardens are as impressive as the wines themselves.
Delaire Graff Estate
Known as the Jewel of the Cape Winelands, the Delaire Graff Estate winery is luxurious and opulent. More then just a winery, the estate includes multiple restaurants, luxury accommodations and even an onsite diamond boutique. Upon arrival you are led to the wine lounge, not simply a tasting room, but an entire space dedicated to sipping wine. The tasting menu is extensive and the attention to detail is unsurpassable. For those wanting to experience the ultimate in luxury this is a must see.
La Petite Ferme
La Petite Ferme is a boutique winery with a killer restaurant. Patrons can expect a menu with locally sourced ingredients and international flavours. The setting is intimate but the views panoramic. Situated on the top of a mountain, the property overlooks the Franschoek valley and therefore is the perfect place to stop for lunch.
More reasons to visit… if you really need them
In addition to breathtaking scenery, delectable wines and mouth watering cuisine the South African Winelands are also home to unique varietals that you have probably never even heard of. While wine lovers can still expect to find their favourites, why not try a Pinotage.