How to Taste Wine in Style in Cape Town
South Africa is world renowned for the quality of its wines and ranks seventh among the biggest wine-producing countries in the world. They take great pride in producing wine from hundreds of cellars and vineyards situated predominantly in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and surrounding areas. Travelers visit Cape Town throughout the year, especially over the summer season from October to mid-February to savor and purchase wines directly from wine cellars at around $8 per bottle.
One of the ultimate wine tasting experiences available in Cape Town is located on the slopes of the city’s most famous landmarks, Table Mountain.
Durbanville Hills Wines has taken wine tasting to a whole new level with their Table Mountain Wine Safari. Guests are shuttled from their hotel with a safari vehicle and taken on a trip along the slopes of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak. The final stop is at a vantage point overlooking Table Bay and the city. Guests can enjoy snacks paired with a hand-picked selection of fine wines from Durbanville Hills while overlooking the grandeur of Cape Town’s coastline.
Each wine estate is unique and offers visitors much more than traditional wine tasting.
With too many Estates to mention, however, I have selected my personal favorites and the reasons why they should be on your bucket list.
Waterkloof Wines (Somerset West)
This hidden gem in the heart of Somerset West has received several awards over last years for architecture, landscapes. Recently The Restaurant at Waterkloof has been voted as the best restaurant in South Africa at the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Awards.
Their range of wines can be tasted and purchased directly from the estate. They offer visitors the experience to relish in a set menu lunch from their signature restaurant while overlooking the vineyards and False Bay. Note, a la carte options are not available, and booking a reservation is essential.
De Morgenzon Vineyards (Stellenbosch)
For the past few years, this unique wine estate has played classical music around the clock to their vines through loudspeakers located in the vineyards. The winemaker believes that the music influences the taste and smell of their wines, making this one of the most intriguing wine estates in the world.
Spier Wine Farm (Stellenbosch)
Located in the prime wine destination of South Africa, Stellenbosch; a farm dating back to 1692, is famed for its award-winning wines, lush green lawns overlooking the idyllic farm dams, restaurants, art studio. All of these extra amenities allow visitors to unwind in the outdoors.
Picnic baskets are available from the wine shop, book your own picnic in advance via their website. Additionally, you can head over to Eagle Encounters for a photo with the birds of prey or take a vineyard tour with Segway tours.
Vredenheim Wildlife & Winery (Stellenbosch)
Next to the Spier Estate, you will find a farm that is home to a variety of wildlife, large cats, and game. Visitors can view these animals after a wine tasting or lunch at their restaurant.
This beautiful and historic Cape Dutch farm is situated in the scenic Franschhoek wine valley, only 40 minutes from Cape Town. Follow the pathways through the garden that leads to a private spa as well as the Greenhouse restaurant.
The spa sets the tone for a relaxing treatment in nature, including a delicious lunch prepared with only the freshest ingredients.
Tokara Wine & Olive Estate (Stellenbosch)
Tokara unquestionably has one of the best views of the Stellenbosch wine region. This estate does not only produce award-winning wines but it is also famed for their high-quality olive oil. Buy a bottle to take home at the Tokara Delicatessen where they serve breakfast, lunch, wine & craft beer.
The tasting room invites visitors into a glass-walled room filled with contemporary furniture, artwork, and an enormous fireplace for those cozy winter days and unrestricted views of their vineyards.
Are you looking for a change of scenery coupled with some of South Africa’s best wines? Head to Franschhoek and board the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on-hop-off service. Experience the splendor of the Franschhoek valley while sipping some of South Africa’s best wines, stopping at a range of top wine estates.
Cape Town is more than just a tourist destination, it’s a place where memories are created!