South Africa’s cape region has terrific wineries everywhere you turn. I’m not much of a drinker, but I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting the wineries, enjoying the gorgeous views and beautiful estates, learning the history (some have over 300 years of wine making!), and visiting different vineyards in three of the wine regions.
Week 1 winery visit: Groot Constantia Wine Estate in Constantia
Cape Town’s Groot Constantia wine estate was founded in 1685 and is “the oldest and most historic of wine farms in South Africa.” It’s also less than 10 minutes from David’s office here, so how could I not visit? They make a lovely port and gave me a free tasting when I was too late to do the cellar tour. Fantastic!
Week 1 wine favorite from dining out: Springfield Estate, Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon
Set in the heart of the mountain-ringed Robertson Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, Springfield Estate is a vibrant, family-run wine farm. It is owned by the Bruwer family, fourth-generation wine farmers and ninth-generation descendants of the Bruères, French Huguenots who came to South Africa from the Loire in 1688 with bundles of vines under their arms.
+27 (0)23 626 3661
Week 2 winery visit: Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl
Tasting 15R/$2US for 5 wines. Warthog on the menu at their Victorian Restaurant, slightly upscale and tasty.
“Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, part of the Paarl wine route, nestles between two valleys at the foot of the majestic Paarl Mountain, just 45 minutes from the city of Cape Town. The natural beauty of the area is further complemented by the perfect positioning of our heritage buildings. With its rolling lawns, tranquil lakes, willow trees and hectare upon hectare of vineyards, Rhebokskloof is described as a “plush paradise” and is one of the winelands’ most beautiful farms.”
P. O. Box 2637, Paarl, South Africa
Week 3 winery visits in Stellenbosch:
WARWICK WINE ESTATE
Tasting: 25R/$3.50 for 5 wines and/or 50R for a “wine safari,” drinks in the vineyards, and tasting. Got to drink out of the fancy double cup. :) “The Warwick vineyards stretch up the mountain slopes in the Capes premier red wine valley, Muldersvlei. The restored wine cellar is testimony to a long history : wine has been made in South Africa for over three centuries and the estate was originally part of land granted in 1791 by the Dutch East India Company.”
PO Box 2, Elsenburg 7607, South Africa
+27 21 884-4410
20R/$3US for tasting 6 wines (including nice port) and one hour tour of cellar and production facilities. Wonderful lunch with views for under $10. “Delheim’s Cellar, situated in the Simonsberg ward in Stellenbosch, is family owned and produces a wide range of Internationally acclaimed wines. The original farm was founded in 1699 and today, Delheim still reflects the traditions and values of the Sperling family’s commitment to quality.”
P.O. Box 210, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
+27 21 888-4600/7
Tasting 15R/$2US for 5 wines and 20R/$3 for brandy and chocolate tasting. “Uitkyk is one of the most beautiful estates in the Cape. The name means “look out”, which it does – from the southwestern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain where it is situated, across the Cape Flats to Table Mountain in the distance.”
P.O. Box 104, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
+27 21 884-4416