Exploring the Cape Winelands is quintessential to perfecting your South African trip and is part of our top recommendations when visiting the Mother City.
The South African wine region is one of the greatest in the world, spanning over 21,000km².
While there are a few revered wine farms with the city, the most popular of the wine towns are Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, which boast picturesque locations, gastronomic experiences and of course, exquisite wines.
Explore the Winelands Guide below:
Home to unique, panoramic views, Beau Constantia, is hidden away on the top of Constantia Nek, with some of the steepest agricultural slopes in the Cape.
The vines are planted to an elevation of 350 metres above sea-level with immersive views of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg Mountain ranges as well as False Bay, stretching out across Hangklip.
Indulge with Chefs Warehouse Restaurant for lunch and dinner, with an accompaniment of Beau Constantia’s, ‘liquid luxury’ wine selection. Their impressive selection of wines has won numerous accolades over the years, with their Cecily White Wine garnering the most extensive recognition – a must-try when visiting.
Revered as the Cape’s first farm, established in 1682, Steenberg Vineyards has grown extensively since its humble beginnings. Only a short drive from the heart of the City Centre, Steenberg is a beautiful destination steeped in heritage and surrounded in wine. Make this your next lunch or dinner destination, by booking at one of the two incredible restaurants, Bistro Sixteen82, and Tryn Restaurant.
Steenberg is home to an outstanding winery, producing some of the most exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique in the country, along with other celebrated wines, and an 18-hole championship golf course, making Steenberg a complete leisure destination in idyllic Constantia.
With three-wine tasting venues on the estate, Groot Constantia Wine Estate is a Cape Town gem with award-winning wines to please every palate. Indulge in a glass of crisp Blanc de Noir or a beautifully complex Chardonnay, or dare to try the bold Shiraz or taste tantalizing Grand Constance.
Suited for both casual and elegant dining, Groot Constantia offers you the perfect location for special occasions and Sunday lunches. With a variety of dishes that complement the superior wine selection at the wine farms restaurants, you will venture into an utterly encapsulating taste experience.
DE GRENDEL WINE ESTATE AND RESTAURANT
Views, vineyards and vino – welcome to a state-of-the-art winery just outside the heart of Cape Town. The breathtaking view of Table Mountain from the farm, 350 meters above sea level, is one of the best in the Cape Winelands. If you are venturing to De Grendel on a clear day, you can see views stretching from Table Bay to False Bay, and sometimes even on to Cape Point.
De Grendel, meaning latch or lock, in Dutch, is one of the Mother City’s oldest farms, stretching out over almost 330 hectares on the fynbos-covered slopes of Tygerberg Hill. Home to a fabulous restaurant and superb customer service, your wine tasting experience will be one of the most beautiful in South Africa. Sit outside on the desk with a glass of wine, and you could arguably feel the African sun melt away your stress.
DORNIER WINE ESTATE
Dornier Wine Estate, is found on the foothills of the Stellenbosch Mountains nestled between the vineyards and forests, this is an idyllic wine farm outside the city. Dornier, is renowned for the ancient decomposed granite soils found on cool, south facing slopes which led to the production of elegant wines of complex structure. Dorniers wine-tasting facility is one of the most unique in the country, with a variety of crisps and complex wines to taste.
Bodega Restaurant offers visitors a combination of culinary perfection and wonderful wines. The relaxed environment makes it ideal for long lunches, and with the locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal menu, you are bound to be surprised by the dishes with each visit.
Vergelegen is a world-class wine estate in the Helderberg region that dates back to 1700. With its renowned handcrafted wines, its history spanning over 300 years, heritage, vast gardens and refined cuisine, this is the ideal location for a multi-sensory experience.
Vergelegen is ideal for casual family lunches, dinners with business associates as well as special occasions.
Offering wine tasting and cellar tour, as well as Camphors at Vergelegen Signature Restaurant, Stables at Vergelegen Bistro Restaurant and the Picnic, this is the destination for the discerning traveller.
Lourensford Estate has a long-standing history as a world-class fruit farm, with the vineyards cultivating wine-producing grapes since Dr Christo Wiese purchased Lourensford in 1998.
Lourensford, nestled under the Helderberg mountains, is home to some of the country’s most distinguished flavour combinations.
Set in a magnificent location stretching across 4000 hectares the farm is home to a flourishing network of fauna and flora. It’s natural settings, makes it the perfect place for the Lourensford market over the weekend as well as a relaxing spot for a glass of wine beneath the trees.
TOKARA is the living embodiment of good wine, good food and good art, creating an enjoyable lifestyle through their combination. Within the walls of this beautiful wine farm, Marco Cianfanelli has installed a private commission of artworks, The Mind’s Vine, which reflects TOKARA’s winemaking origin. Tokara Restaurant is located 400 meters above sea level, on top of the Helshoogte Pass, just outside Stellenbosch.
Through its award-winning wines, its contemporary cuisines and immersive views of False Bay and Stellenbosch, it crafts an unforgettable dining experience.
The restaurant was established in 2001, as a trailblazer for iconic winery restaurants in the Cape Winelands. The building is a Cape architectural icon, which carefully combines glass, steel and stone, setting a sophisticated ambience to your visit.
A prominent feature within the restaurant is five large-scale tapestries by internationally renowned artist William Kentridge. No other venue in the world has as many of these works from Kentridge’s “Porter Series” on display to the public.
DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE
A unique combination of luxury, South African hospitality and incomparable views, Delaire Graff Estate, offers one of the best wine experiences in the country. With a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, exuberant landscaping, destination Spa and luxury boutiques, it ticks all the boxes for a full-day trip.
Perched on the Helshoogte Pass, the Estate looks over the majestic Stellenbosch mountain range, offering visitors an exclusive view over the country’s Winelands. The dining experience at Delaire Graff Estate is a ‘celebration of taste’ with contemporary cuisines accompanied by indulgent wine pairings. Experience a world-class sommelier and excellent wine selections when you venture to this part of the Winelands.
L’Ormarins – Anthonij Rupert Wyne
L’Ormarins is the primary estate within the Anthonij Rupert Wine portfolio and is located in the Franschhoek area. By appointment, you can visit the Terra del Capo Tasting Room, which is situated at the entrance of the beautiful property. The tasting room draws from Italian design inspiration and showcases the Terra del Capo range.
Wine tasting takes place in a relaxed environment with panoramic views of the surrounding valley. Visitors have a birds-eye-view of the cellar through a glass wall which highlights the world-class facilities houses here. Below the tasting room is an antipasti bar where you can enjoy a locally-sourced, seasonal menu for lunch.
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Grande Provence Wine Estate is nestled in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley and stretches across 47 acres. Barely a one-hour drive from Cape Town, this 326 year old, award winning wine farm is home to the Grande Provence wines and the Angels Tears lifestyle collection.
Infused with chic industrial decor, the restaurant and wine tasting area offers an encapsulating energy that is emphasized through the food, wine and world-class service. The incomparable fauna and flora surrounding the estate, make the perfect setting for outdoor picnics and lunches – ideal for the whole family.
Cape Town is a foodie’s delight, but with almost unlimited choices, your bound to find yourself in a tizz trying to narrow down your dining options. From fine dining establishments with world-class menus to casual neighbourhood hideaways with homely hospitality, you’ll never be starved for choices. Explore the top dining hotspots in Cape Town here
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