This blog post provides a list of recommended wine farms to visit while in Cape Town, based on #SothoGirlDiaries’s own first hand experience at these farms.
Disclaimer: Please note that all pictures belong to the writer and the views shared on this post are our own.
CAPE WINE LANDS
The Western province is one of the provinces in South Africa that is commonly known for its world-class wines. The Cape wine lands promises the best scenic wine routes in the world at affordable budgets to suit travellers of different income bands (even students).
Note: You get different wine routes which are separated according to the different areas within the Western Cape, for example, there is the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Franschhoek Wine Route, Durbanville Wine Route, Worcester Wine Route, Constantia Wine and the list goes on. You can choose to explore any one of these wine routes and also hop from one wine farm to the next in a particular wine route region. The wine farms are usually clustered together making it all the more worthwhile to explore different wine offerings and wine tasting pairings from different wine brands. Wine is also cheaper at the wine farms than in stores, so you should save some money to take a few bottles home (you will not regret it).
WINE FARMS TO VISIT WHILE IN CAPE TOWN
In no particular order, SothoGirlDiaries.com, recommends the following wine farms that you should put on your travel itinerary while in Cape Town.
1. Spier Wine Farm
Spier Wine Farm is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, dating back to 1692. It falls under the Stellenbosch Wine Route and it is rooted in heritage. It boasts a vibrant and conscious energy and holds many accolades. In 2016 the wine farm won gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards.
If you are visiting for the day, I would recommend that you make a reservation with the Spier Farm kitchen, which offers fresh produce from their farm, a selection of wines and a picnic basket for two or more people. This is perfect for a first date or an outing with friends or colleagues.
Wine tasting starts at R40 per person (subject to change) and children can also join in with grape juice tasting.
If you would like to linger on much longer, there is a hotel and conferencing facilities which offers the perfect Winelands getaway in the tranquility of nature.
2. Lourensford Estate
Lourensford Estate was established in 1709 and is currently known as one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates. It boasts a proud history of world class fruit farm and wine making production.
When you enter the gates of this winefarm, it truly feels like you are embarking on a magical dream estate filled with green plants and surroundings. The air is fresh and the environment is always calm and peaceful. See how I was striking a runway pose below in this magical garden 🙂
Wine tasting rooms open from 09h00 – 17h00 from Monday to Sunday, however the tasting rooms close at 16h00 and bookings of five or more people are essential. Wine pairings start from R60 with the Premium Wine Tasting including the MCCs, there is also Belgian chocolate and wine pairing at R110 and now recently they have added Vodka tasting experience in collaboration with Siberian Express Vodka.
I enjoyed the service from the staff and the endless beauty of the estate, I really felt like I would stay there for a while.
3. Peter Falke Wine Farm
Peter Falke wine farm is nestled against the magistic Helderberg mountains in Stellenbosch area. The wine farm dates back to the 18th century, but the owner Peter Falke bought the farm in 1995.
If you are looking for a wine farm with a great vibe, chill out session and less traditional, this is definitely the one to check out. You could choose to book a table in the restaurant, however the views outside will leave you speechless. This is no doubt on of my favourite wine farms in Cape Town.
If you are intending to visit in a group of 10 or more people, bookings are mandatory. I recommend that you opt for a seat at the lawns, it’s such a great vibe with friends.
4. Haute Cabrière
Situated within the Franschhoek Wine Route is this spectacular and glamorous wine estate with views that will take your breath away and leave you speechless. The wine estate dates back to 1694 and is said to have a similar terroir as Burgundy in France. The founders of this wine farm believed that wine is not just made, it is grown. Wine is more than a liquid substance in a bottle, it is meant to be an ultimate intimate experience.
You can always go for wine tasting or choose to visit the restaurant. The wines of Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan portfolios are available for tasting 7 days a week.
The estate is open for tastings from Mondays to Saturdays until 20:00 and on Sundays tastings end at 16:00.
5. Constantia Glen
Last but not least is my favourite, Constantia Glen which falls under the Constantia wine route. This wine farm boasts a beautiful view, great wine and its situated nature just less than 20 minutes outside of Cape Town city center makes it easily accessible.
I have written a post on this wine farm for more information: Constantia Glen and I do hope you will consider making a stop along the Contantia Wine Route (one of the oldest wine producing regions in South Africa) and be amazed by how much beauty lies within the Western Cape Province.
When in Cape Town, take a Shot’Left to one of these wine farms or others that are convenient to you and your Mother City experience will definitely feel complete. I know there are plenty more of wine farms, please do share some of your faveourite ones too. I hope to visit them ALL and hopefully write up more about the Cape wine lands.
Until next time,
Enjoy responsibly, wine is an alcoholic beverage and it is not for sale to persons under the of 18 in South Africa.