The diversity of world-class wine routes right on Cape Town’s doorstep is staggering. Offering an irresistible combination of delectable wine tastings, informative winemaking tours, mouth-watering cuisine and magnificent scenery, they attract international and local travellers alike.
Most Cape wine farms are characterised by classic Cape Dutch-style buildings and expansive vineyards, with picturesque mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Following the arrival of the French Huguenot, Dutch and German settlers during the 18th Century, many of them also show a distinctive European influence.
Our concierge and sommelier have selected some of their favourite wine farms in each region for you to explore!
A mere 20-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, the Constantia Valley wine route is the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere - with an uninterrupted history of winemaking since 1685. Comprising 10 wine farms, famous for their cool climate wines, here visitors have a choice of a vast range of experiences, including wine tastings throughout the year, as well as picnics, live music and festivals during the summer months.
Eagles’ Nest - Eagles’ Nest specialises in wines that truthfully represent their terroir.
Wines: Rosé Dry, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Red Blends, Viognier
Tip: Enjoy a bottle of wine and Antipasto Platter under oak trees in the beautiful gardens.
Klein Constantia - produces a premium Estate range, an elegant Marlbrook range, and an accessible and easy-drinking KC range, as well as its iconic natural sweet dessert wine, Vin de Constance.
Wines: MCC, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Blends, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Shiraz, Semillon, White Blends
Tip: Situated on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, Klein Constantia offers magnificent views across False Bay.
Buitenverwachting - Rooted in deep, decomposing granite soils and cooled by temperate sea breezes from the nearby oceans, Buitenverwachting’s vines produce internationally acclaimed wines of great complexity with unique aromatic profiles.
Wines: Pinot Noir, Viognier, White Blends, Bland De Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Blends, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Merlot, MCC, Riesling, Semillon
Tip: For coffee and pastries, stop by Coffee Bloc, onsite.
Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest town after Cape Town - and one of the most scenic and historically intact at that. Ideally situated in a magnificent mountain valley, it boasts a mild Mediterranean climate and is a wonderful base from which to explore the region’s many highlights. Stellenbosch is also renowned for a number of prestigious restaurants that offer world-class culinary experiences, making it a one-stop destination for discerning gourmets and oenophiles.
Beyerskloof - The winemaker’s main concern is to bring out the flavours, colour and structure of the grapes.
Wines: Red Blends, White Blends, Pinotage, Port-Style, Rosé, Sparkling Wine
Tip: For a different wine experience, try the ‘Pinotage Burger’ at Red Leaf Bistro on the wine farm!
Waterford - The ‘Waterford Way’ is a philosophy that celebrates prosperity, life, food, wine, family and friends, and guides all that the team does at Waterford.
Wines: Red Blends, White Blends, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Rosé, Pinot Noir, MCC
Tip: Waterford offers a unique ‘Wine Drive Safari’
Delaire Graff - Delaire Graff wines rank among the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere.
Wines: Red Blends, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, MCC
Tip: Delaire Graff is also a world-class art destination, with many pieces of Laurence Graff’s impressive personal art collection on display.
Jordan - The cellar is designed around a gravity flow system, using natural cooling through recessing the cellar into the slope of the mountain.
Wines: Red Blends, Chenin Blanc, White Blends, Shiraz, Merlot, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
Tip: Dine at renowned South African chef George Jardine’s onsite restaurant.
Franschhoek’s 300-year old French heritage is evident everywhere, not least in the region’s wine and food traditions. Driving into Franschhoek you will notice that most of the wine farms still bear their original French names and usually come complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and luscious vineyards. There are a variety of options, from boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to large cellars offering guided tours and tastings.
La Petite Ferme - As one of the more intimate wineries in the Cape Winelands, La Petite Ferme takes pride in delicately hand-crafting its wines using time as its artisan, with constant respect for terroir.
Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Maison Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Viognier
Tip: La Petite Ferme also offers traditional country-style luxury accommodation.
Haute Cabrière - The Home of Pierre Jourdan is committed to producing wines and Cap Classiques exclusively from the noble cultivars Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Wines: Rosé, Pinot Noir, MCC
Tip: The winemaker treats guests to the ultimate in wine theatre every Saturday, whisking them away on a journey through Haute Cabrière’s history and wine philosophy.
Babylonstoren - Wines are produced in a state-of-the-art winery and are made to showcase the soils and climate where its grapes are grown.
Wines: Red Blends, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Shiraz, Viognier
Tip: Go on a tour of Babylonstoren’s magnificent 3.5 hectares of cultivated fruit and vegetable gardens, daily at 10:00 (booking essential)
With its charm, architectural heritage, wine and fruit farms, breathtaking scenery and numerous cycling and nature trails, Paarl attracts visitors not only because of its signature cultivar, Shiraz. From large wine companies to 'garagiste' winemakers, the aim is to produce quality wines with a sense of place. Many of the Paarl Vintners offer added attractions, from lunch under old oak trees, to sampling a range of cheeses and olives and watching glass blowers in action.
Fairview – Produces four labels, namely: Limited Release, Fairview Range, La Capra & Goats do Roam.
Wines: Red Blends, Barbera, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Semillon, Pinotage, Rosé, Viognier, Malbec, Pinot Gris
Tip: Fairview also produces a range of delicious cheeses, available to purchase from the Shop & Deli.
Welgemeend - Produces classic French styled red blends and is the first cellar to produce a Bordeaux blend in South Africa.
Wines: Bordeaux styled Blends, Cape Rhône blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Rosé
Boland Cellar - Named one of the top 100 wine producers in the world by the World Association of Writers and Journalists of Wines and Spirits.
Wines: Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc
Hemel en Aarde Valley
The winemakers of the Hermanus Wine Route specialise in highly individual, origin-expressive wines. Plantings are limited to grape varieties in soil types that will complement the terroir-driven style. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (‘Heaven on Earth’ in Afrikaans) is regularly frequented by those in the know, who come to buy what is arguably the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Cape; and those who chance upon the cellars and feel like they’ve discovered a viticultural grail trail.
Bouchard Finlayson - was the first contemporary wine farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley in 1989. The boutique winery is dedicated to making wines of outstanding quality, and is globally acclaimed for producing the best Pinot Noir in South Africa.
Wines: Pinot Noir, Hannibal Red Blend, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Tip: For a wine farm experience with a difference, book a Nature Walk with renowned local botanist Frank Woodvine, followed by a wine tasting and delicious Bouchard Brunch Board.
Crystallum Wines - is a small, family-run and privately owned winery founded in 2007.
Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Tip: Wine runs in the blood at this winery – the winemakers are the sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Bouchard Finlayson’s Peter Finlayson.