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There truly is no time quite like wine tasting time in Cape Town! Home to the largest wine producing region in Africa. It’s no secret that the Western Cape boasts some of the world’s most exceptional wines, stunning vineyards, exciting wine routes and spectacular wine estates. Thereby establishing itself as the ultimate wine mecca for wine lovers from around the world. And undoubtedly one of the very best ways to experience everything the renowned Cape Winelands has to offer, is to go wine tasting! Going wine tasting in the Western Cape is not only one of the most sought-after things to do in Cape Town. It’s considered somewhat of a Mother City rite of passage too. Thereby undoubtedly making it one of the top experiences to add to your Cape Town bucket-list.

However, if you haven’t done a lot of wine tasting in Cape Town before, it might be a bit of a daunting task trying to plan your ultimate wine tasting journey through the Cape Winelands. Home to more than 2000 vineyards and wine estates, where exactly do you start? In order to ensure you experience the very best of what the beautiful Cape Winelands has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town. That will undoubtedly steal your wine-loving heart. And even if you don’t consider yourself to be much of a wine enthusiast, after this jam-packed, beautiful and exciting journey through the magical Cape Winelands. You might just convert to a self-proclaimed head-over heels wine lover yourself.

#1 GROOT CONSTANTIA

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Groot Constatia
Photo credit: Groot Constantia Wine Estate

Situated along the beautiful Constantia Wine Route, it isn’t hard to understand why Groot Constantia is considered one of the top 10 best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town. As well as one of the most sought-after Cape Town Wine Estates. Besides being one of the Western Cape’s top wine tasting destinations for local and international wine lovers. Groot Constantia is also the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa. Thereby forming an integral part of the Western Cape’s thriving local wine culture.

One of the best things about this beloved Cape Town wine estate is that it welcomes wine lovers from all walks of life. By producing an exceptional variety or award-winning wines to please every pallet. From a fresh and cheerful Blanc de Noir or a beautifully complex Chardonnay to a bold Shiraz or their seductive Grand Constance. There is something for every wine enthusiast to sip, savour and enjoy. With three amazing wine tasting venues on the estate, Groot Constantia has the perfect wine tasting setting for everyone.

At Groot Constantia Wine Estate you can opt for their traditional wine tasting experience which includes a range of their exceptionally unique wines. Or choose to indulge in a Chocolate and Wine Tasting pairing. But that’s not all this sought-after Cape Town wine estate has to offer. In addition to their superb wine tasting experiences, you can also choose to enjoy a bottle of Groot Constantia wine with a delicious meal and stunning setting. Pair an elegant Brut Rosé with a gourmet picnic on the Groot Constantia lawns, enjoy a light and fresh Semillon with an al fresco lunch under their aged oak trees, sip on an expressive Pinotage during a family feast or celebrate a milestone or special occasion with a dignified glass of Gouverneurs Reserve. Groot Constantia without a doubt has a wine suited to every occasion, celebration or laid-back day out exploring the Cape Winelands.

This top-tier Constantia Wine Estate also boasts two top class restaurants on the estate, namely the Jonkershuis Restaurant and the Simons Restaurant. Both of which offer truly spectacular culinary experiences and world-class cuisine paired with exceptional Groot Constantia wine of course.

Nestled in the fertile Constantia Valley, all of Groot Constantia’s wine tasting experiences, food and wine pairing options and culinary feasts can be enjoyed while admiring the magnificent scenery, lush lawns, stunning surroundings and sensational vineyards and mountain range views this beautiful Cape Town Wine Estate has to offer.

  • Location: Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Wine tasting opening times: Open 7 days a week, including public holidays
  • Production Cellar: Open 10am | Last ticket sale 16:15pm | Closes 5pm
  • Cloete Cellar: Open 10am | Last ticket sale 16:15pm | Closes 5pm
  • Bottom Cellar: Open 9am | Last ticket sale 17:15pm | Close 6pm
  • Cellar Tours: Open 10am | Close 5pm | Last cellar tour 4pm
  • Contact details: 021 794-5128 | [email protected]

#2 VERGELEGEN WINE ESTATE

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Cape Winelands
Photo credit: Michael Hansen

Situated in the beautiful Cape Winelands region of Somerset West, Vergelegen is one of the Cape’s oldest and most beautiful wine estates with a history spanning over 300 years. With its world-renowned handcrafted wines, long-standing heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, it comes as no surprise that Vergelegen has positioned itself as one of the top Wine Estates in the Western Cape. As well as one of the best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town.

Boasting spectacular views overlooking an extensive octagonal-shaped herb garden, Vergelegen’s Wine Tasting Centre gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy an authentic wine tasting experience of some of their most exceptional wines in either a beautiful indoor or stunning outdoor patio setting. As their welcoming and knowledgeable wine advisors guide you through their superb range of award-winning wines. Boasting a Flagship Range, Reserve Range and Premium Range, Vergelegen undoubtedly has a wine to suite every pallet.

In addition to an incredible Cape Town wine tasting experience, Vergelegen offers visitors so much more to be enjoyed. Their highly sought-after Picnic at Vergelegen has fast become one of the top things to do in the Cape Winelands. With their mystic Camphor Forest being the destination for this magical “white tablecloth” picnic. This one-of-a-kind picnic experience offers an opportunity for both a romantic and intimate occasion as well as a fun-filled family and friend gathering in a beautifully shaded and tranquil environment.

In addition, visitors to Vergelegen can also choose to enjoy a variety of cellar tours, heritage and garden tours, exploring the stunning scenic surroundings and relaxing on the lush lawns. A sensational dining experience also awaits those looking to enjoy one of Vergelegen’s three sought-after restaurants, Camphors at Vergelegen, Stables at Vergelegen or Vergelegen’s mystic camphor forest. With each one offering a uniquely different dining experience.

  • Location: Vergelegen Wine Estate and Restaurant, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Daily 9am – 4:30pm| Tastings from R30
  • Contact details: 021 847 2122 | [email protected]
  • Additional information: Tastings and tours for groups of 10 pax or more are by prior arrangement only

#3 DE GRENDEL WINE ESTATE

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - De Grendel Winelands
Photo credit: De Grendel Wine Estate

Situated along the beautiful Durbanville Wine Route, De Grendel has undoubtedly established itself as one of the most sought-after wine estates to go wine tasting in Cape Town. This picturesque winelands’ oasis is located only about 30 minutes from the city centre. Thereby giving locals and tourists the opportunity to escape to a whole new wonderful winelands world without really leaving the city at all. But what makes this Cape Town wine tasting experience even more incredible is the sensational 180-degree views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful Mother City you’ll be able to enjoy from the stunning  long glass encased veranda of the De Grendel Tasting Lounge and Stoep. Truly making for an unforgettable Cape Town wine tasting experience in one of the most beautiful settings in the city.

In addition to magnificent views, De Grendel offers visitors a variety of wine tasting experiences to enjoy. Their Premium Tasting gives you the opportunity to try 6 of their premium De Grendel wines. While De Grendel’s Flagship Tasting offers wine enthusiasts the chance to taste some of their flagship wines. Which includes 2016 MCC Brut, 2019 Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Winifred, 2014 Op Die Berg Pinot Noir, 2018 Amandelboord Pinotage and 2016 Rubaiyat. In addition, visitors can also choose to enjoy an exclusive Vintage Tasting Experience or Sauvignon Blanc Vintage Tasting.

Besides exceptional wine tasting experiences, De Grendel offers Guided Cellar Tours as well as an indulgent Gourmet Snack Selection to enjoy with your wine tasting. If you’re however looking for something a little more sustainable after your wine tasting. De Grendel’s Restaurant is a multiple-award-winning restaurant that gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy contemporary Cape Town cuisine. Designed to complement their exceptional range of De Grendel wines.

  • Location: De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm | Sunday: 10am – 4pm
  • Contact details: 021 558 6280 | [email protected]
  • Additional information: Last full flight wine tastings will be served 1 hour prior to closing

#4 BUITENVERWACHTING WINE ESTATE

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Constatia Winelands
Photo credit: Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

As lines of ancient oaks welcome you to this highly acclaimed Constantia Wine Estate, you just know you’re in for one exceptional Cape Town wine tasting experience. Situated on the east-facing slopes of the magnificent Constantiaberg. Buitenverwachting is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Wine Estates found along the Constantia Wine Route. In addition to stunning views and magnificent vineyard and mountain range scenery. This top Cape Town wine estate offers an incredible wine tasting experience where all their exceptional Buitenverwachting wines are available for tasting at a fee of only R60 for 5 wines. When tasting the estate’s wines, make sure to try include the 3rd Time Lucky limited release. It’s a 100 % Viognier and truly spectacular. Equally, you won’t go wrong with the Husseys Vlei, an elegant Sauvignon Blanc that is certainly a Buitenverwachting favourite.

The Buitenverwachting Wine Tasting takes place in the estate’s historic wine cellar with its traditional thatched roof, whitewashed walls and rare yellow-wood ceilings all still intact. Making the setting every bit as unique as the wine tasting experience itself. In addition to its authentic appeal, the historic wine cellar features stunning casual interiors, generously furnished with leather couches, small lounges and a tasting bar. Buitenverwachting also boasts a beautiful stone tiled terrace that overlooks the estate lawns and magnificent 250-year old Norfolk Pine. Casual charcuterie platters with fresh baguettes are available here as well as an artisan ale to cleanse your pallet.

Besides enjoying a wine tasting experience in the historic Buitenverwachting cellar, you can also choose to purchase a bottle of wine or two and relax on the lush lawns with friends and family. It truly makes for an incredible day out in one of the most beautiful Cape winelands settings. Buitenverwachting also offers some additional tasting options that make a visit to this top Cape Town wine estate a must-do experience. Besides sensational wine, the Coffee Bloc offers artisan coffees roasted on site. Which can be perfectly paired with their selection of cakes and freshly baked scones. For more formal dining, the Buitenverwachting Restaurant boasts an unforgettable culinary experience you won’t soon forget.

  • Location: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm and Restaurant, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm | Closed on Sunday
  • Contact Details: 021 794 5190/1 | However they don’t welcome any phone bookings and work on a first come, first served basis

#5 KLEIN CONSTANTIA

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Klein Constatia
Photo credit: Klein Constantia Wine Estate

Klein Constantia is one Cape Town wine estate that boasts a long and proud heritage. Which beautifully translates into their exceptional and unique wine tasting experiences as well as the estate as a whole. Situated on the same farm as Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia might be the smaller one of the two sought-after Constantia wine estates. But by no means is their incredible selection of award-winning wines any less exceptional.

Situated on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, Klein Constantia is most well-known for its Vin de Constance. Which is the first revisit of the original sweet wines that made Constantia famous from the 1700s. Thereby making it one of the world’s leading natural sweet wines. Recent vintages have even gone on to win some of the top accolades around the world. With their Chardonnay-straight MCC being a real crowd pleaser. Together with their renowned Metisis, which is an elegant match of South Africa’s cool climate terroir and French methodology. It’s therefore safe to say that Klein Constantia has established itself as a major contender in the world of wine.

The Klein Constantia Tasting Room offers wine enthusiasts a variety of exciting wine tasting experiences to choose from. These Wine Tasting Experiences comprise of their Klein Constantia Classic Tasting that includes 5 signature terroir driven wines which reflects the essence of Klein Constantia and sister farm Anwilka. As well as a sample of the legendary Vin de Constance. The Klein Constantia Premium Tasting is an extension of the Classic tasting and includes their single vineyard MCC, single vineyard Sauvignon blanc and single vineyard Chardonnay.

In addition, Sauvignon Blanc lovers can choose to enjoy the coveted Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Terroir Tasting. This tasting is an exploration of five different expressions of Sauvignon Blanc. Which includes 3, limited release, single vineyard wines, originating from some of their highest lying sites. All the wines included in the tasting are very limited and not generally available. This Klein Constantia Wine Tasting Experience is however only available by booking in advance.

In addition to these unique Klein Constantia Wine Tasting experiences, avid wine enthusiasts can also enjoy an exceptional Klein Constantia Winemaker’s Library Selection. Which is a comparative tasting of 3 older wines from their wine library, specially selected by the Klein Constantia winemaker. Once again, this exclusive wine tasting experience is only possible by booking in advance. Lastly, the Klein Constantia Vin De Constance Collector’s Tasting is an exclusive once in a lifetime opportunity to taste 3 rare vintages of Vin de Constance. Carefully selected by the winemaker, this offering explores the chapters of this iconic wine’s history spanning over 2 decades. Its therefore safe to say that in addition to being one of the top wine estates, Klein Constantia also offers one of the most unique and best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town.

Visitors to Klein Constantia can further choose to enhance their experience by going on either a cellar or vineyard tour of the wine estate. If you’re looking to experience Klein Constantia’s exceptional culinary creations, a visit to the newest addition to the farm, Bistro @ Klein Constantia, is well worth it.

  • Location: Klein Constantia Estate, 37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia, Cape Town
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm | Sundays: 10am – 4pm |Kindly note, wine tastings end 30 minutes prior to closing
  • Contact details: 021 794 5188 | [email protected]

#6 CONSTANTIA GLEN WINE ESTATE

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Constatia Glen Wine Estate
Photo credit: Constantia Glen Wine Estate

Constantia Glen is where fine wine and nature meet. Steeped in history in South Africa’s oldest wine producing region. Constantia Glen is a picturesque boutique wine estate producing award-winning, ultra-premium, cool climate wines. Although Constantia Glen on its own doesn’t have centuries of history behind it. That certainly hasn’t stopped this renowned boutique wine estate from establishing itself as one of the top Wine Estates and wine tasting experiences in Cape Town.

Besides its beautiful Constantia Wine Route location, Constantia Glen boasts sensational sweeping views of the Constantia Valley and the iconic Table Mountain from both the tasting room and garden. Further cementing its sought-after status for wine lovers from all around the world. Because we all know there’s nothing better than wine with a view! Constantia Glen essentially produces four wines. Which includes a Sauvignon blanc and three blends. Their flagship wine, known as the Constantia FIVE, is a Bordeaux blend that boasts an unbelievably complex finish. And has been known to steal the hearts (and pallets) of avid local and global wine lovers from the very first sip.

Constantia Glen offers visitors a variety of wine tasting experiences to choose from depending on your wine preferences. Their Wine Tasting options include the Constantia Glen Flagship Tasting (4 wines), Constantia Glen Full House Tasting (7 wines), Van Wyk Family Wines Tasting (4 wines), White Wine Tasting (5 wines), Red Wine Tasting (5 wines), Constantia Hill Tasting (2 wines) and an indulgent Red Wine & Chocolate Pairing.

In addition to a unique wine tasting experience at Constantia Glen, you can also choose to enjoy a delicious selection of cheese and charcuterie platters, Flammkuchen and gourmet main dishes. All of which can be enjoyed in the tasting room with your sensational Constantia Glen wine selection.

  • Location: Constantia Glen Wine Estate, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: 10am – 9pm | 7 days a week
  • Contact Details: 021 795 5639 | [email protected]

#7 CAPE POINT VINEYARDS

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Cape Point Vineyards
Photo credit: Cape Point Vineyards

Situated just south of the famous Constantia Valley, perched on a hill in the beautiful coastal town of Noordhoek, en-route to Cape Point, is where you’ll find this award-winning Wine Estate known as Cape Point Vineyards. In addition to offering one of the best wine tastings in Cape Town. Cape Point Vineyards has undoubtedly established itself as a true local favourite and sought-after wine estate for local and global wine lovers from around the world. Boasting sensational 360-degree panoramic views of the mountainous Cape Peninsula, fynbos, vineyards and glorious sunsets over the Atlantic ocean. Cape Point Vineyards not only gives you the opportunity to enjoy their exceptional wines and unique wine tasting experiences in a beautiful setting. But do it all while admiring one of the best views in the city too.

Cape Point Vineyards is widely known for its pristine award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. The Cape Point Vineyards Tasting Room therefore gives Sauvignon Blanc lovers the incredible opportunity to discover the evolution of Sauvignon Blanc. As you’re taken on a unique journey from the fruit forward flavours of the lower vineyard blocks to the extreme complexities and minerality of their yield higher up on the mountain. It truly is the ultimate Cape Town wine tasting experience for any head-over-heels Sauvignon Blanc lover.

In addition to an exciting, flavour-filled and enriching Sauvignon Blanc Wine Tasting experience. Cape Point Vineyards is widely loved for its variety of additional experiences and activities available. Not to mention the fact that it is considered one of Cape Town’s most family-friendly wine estates. Besides enjoying a tasting in their Tasting Room or a delightful dining experience at the amazing Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant. Offering diners an inspired culinary experience with dishes made with only the freshest ingredients to complement their Sauvignon Blanc driven wines. You can also choose to order a picnic basket and a bottle or two of their famous Sauvignon Blanc wines, lounge on the oversized bean bags scattered across the lush lawns. Let the kids enjoy the outdoor play area dotted all along the dam, while you sit back and relax. All while enjoying the stunning setting, spectacular views, laid-back vibrant atmosphere with a glass of superb Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc in hand. What more could you ask for?

Cape Point Vineyards also hosts a community market every Thursday evening that’s fast become one of the top market experiences in Cape Town. This weekly pop up market takes place at the Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant and Function Venue every Thursday evening from 4pm – 8:30pm.

  • Location: Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Rd, Noordhoek, Cape Town
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Open daily between 11am – 6pm | For groups of 14 + it please book in advance
  • Contact Details: 021 789 0900 | [email protected]

#8 BOSCHENDAL WINE ESTATE

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Boschendal Wine Estate
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The beautiful Boschendal Wine Estate is set in the stunning Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines. The original farmstead complex is now considered a national monument with a rich and intriguing history of more than 300 years. Thereby playing an integral part in the Cape Winelands’ rich history, heritage and authentic wine culture. Today, Boschendal has firmly established itself as a Cape winelands icon and an acclaimed wine and food destination for wine and food enthusiasts from around the world.

Not to mention the fact that Boschendal is undoubtedly considered a local fan-favourite Wine Estate for wine loving Capetonians from all walks of life. And with good reason too! The fact that Boschendal is nestled in one of the most picturesque valleys in the Cape Winelands. Will truly make you feel like you’ve escaped to some far-away lush winelands paradise right in the heart of the beautiful Cape Winelands. It’s pure magic!

But now for the wine! Being the Cape Winelands icon that it is, Boschendal has a variety of exceptional and exciting wine tasting experiences to choose from. The historic Cape vernacular Manor House, which dates back to 1812, is the authentic location for their premier wine tasting experiences. Guests are therefore invited for a superb wine tasting experience in the refurbished Manor House. Where the history and antiques of the house pair beautifully with the estate’s wines. Here you’ll be able to enjoy two signature experiences which are presented from a private room. These wine tasting experiences include a Historic Tasting which consists of 5 wines. With each one representing the history of Boschendal.

The second signature Boschendal Tasting is the Connoisseur Tasting. This tasting includes the tasting of 5 limited release wines. With each wine style served in a different Riedel glass aimed at amplifying the flavours, aromas and mouth feel of the wine. With the beautiful decanters and exclusive lounge setting serving to enhance the whole experience. Both these signature Boschendal Wine Tasting Experiences are truly one-of-a-kind. And a must try on any trip to the Cape Winelands. Especially if you consider yourself to be a head-over-heels wine lover yourself.

But, that’s not all this sought-after Western Cape Wine Estate has in store for you. It isn’t known as one of the best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town for nothing. In addition to their two signature tasting experiences. Boschendal also boasts a Cellar Door Wine Tasting Centre that is open for pre-booked and walk-in guests who would like a laid-back and informal experience to sit back, relax and enjoy some exceptional award-winning Boschendal wine. Dedicated to showcasing the very best of Boschendal wine, there are a variety of wine tasting experiences on offer.Some of which includes the Under the Oak Tasting (Classic Collection), 1685 Range Tasting (Foundation Collection), Rose Garden Tasting (perfect for beautiful summer day), Winemaker’s Tasting (Wines exclusive to the farm), Heritage Tasting (Tailored selection of only their finest wines), individual tastings of their exceptional wine range as well as indulgent Wine Pairings and platters. Boschendal undoubtedly has the perfect wine tasting experience for everyone!

All these incredible Boschendal wine tasting experiences can either be enjoyed on the stunning outside tables which are situated under the beautiful age-old oak trees. Perfect for warm Cape Town summer days. Or on colder days, guests can choose to sit inside and enjoy their tasting experience in the oldest building on the farm. Cheese and charcuterie platters showcasing fresh farm produce and products from local suppliers are also available.

The beautiful Boschendal Wine Farm undoubtedly boasts some of the most picturesque views in the Cape Winelands. So, besides being the ultimate winelands destination, it’s no surprise that Boschendal has become one of the most popular picnic spots in Cape Town. Making it the perfect place for families and friends to come together and enjoy an amazing day out in the Cape Winelands. Boschendal offers guests two amazing picnic options to choose from, namely the Rhone Rose Garden Picnic and Werf Farm Picnic. Both of which promises a truly memorable experience.

Boschendal also offers tours of the cellar and vineyards that can be enjoyed during the warm summer months. While in winter, they offer a more detailed cellar tour. In addition, guests can also enjoy Vineyard Adventures, horse riding, mountain bike trails and a fun tree house for the kids. Thereby making a visit to this top Cape Town Wine Estate an incredible and unforgettable experience for the whole family.

  • Location: Boschendal Wine Estate, R310 Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek,
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Historic Wine Tasting: Monday – Sunday 11am – 3pm (Bookings essential) | Connoisseur Tasting: Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (Bookings essential) | Cellar Door Wine Tasting: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm
  • Contact details: 021 870 4237 | [email protected] | 021 870 4210 | [email protected]

#9 BEAU CONSTANTIA

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Beau Constatia
Photo credit: BEAU Constantia

Up next on our coveted list of our top 10 best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town is another one of our Constantia Wine Route favourites, the renowned Beau Constantia. Beau Constantia is a beautiful boutique wine farm situated at the top of Constantia Nek overlooking the vibrant False Bay coastline. Besides it’s stunning location, the vines at Beau Constantia are planted on some of the steepest agricultural slopes in the Cape with an elevation of 350 metres above sea-level. These lovingly nurtured vines are spoilt with panoramic views of Stellenbosch, the Helderberg Mountain ranges and False Bay as far as Hangklip.

Known for their superb variety of white and red wines, Beau Constantia has made both local and global headlines with their exceptional selection of wine. With the winery receiving regular praise and recognition in addition to numerous wine awards to boot. With the 2010 Beau Constantia Cecily receiving the award for the best Viognier at the 2011 Novare Terroir Wine Awards. Not to mention it was also rated 92 points by Neal Martin, who is the Wine Advocate South Africa reviewer for Robert Parker.

Some of the exceptional cultivated varieties Beau Constantia has on offer includes Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz and Petit Verdot. A couple of vintages ago they also decided to launch a lifestyle range of wines called Pas De Nom. The range is made up of a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier and a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. To complete the collection, they later added a Saigneé-style Rosé and a non-vintage MCC. Thereby truly offering something for every wine lover to enjoy. But, that’s not all! Beau Constantia also decided to release two premium red blends under the bespoke Beau Constantia label. All of which was hand-crafted to its own unique style by winemaker Justin van Wyk. With such a spectacular range of exceptional wine on offer, it’s no surprise that Beau Constantia has fast become one of the most popular wine estates and wine tasting experiences in Cape Town for locals and travellers alike.

One of the most amazing things about this top Cape Town wine tasting experience (and undoubtedly one of the main reasons why people keep going back for more) is Beau Constantia’s unique Tasting Room. Essentially a glass box hovering above the pristine Constantia Valley, guests can enjoy some of the most spectacular sweeping views paired with an exceptional wine tasting experience. What more could you ask for? Unlike many other estates in the Cape, Beau Constantia uses modern architecture to showcase the views. Clean lines, a panoramic outlook, a comfortable outside area and a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Which all makes for a magical and memorable Cape Town wine tasting journey and visit to one of the most highly acclaimed wine estates regardless of the weather.

  • Location: 1043 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Monday to Sunday from 11am – 6pm | Last Wine Tastings commence at 5pm | Closed on Christmas Day and Eve and Good Friday  
  • Contact Details: 021 794 8632 ext.2 | Wine Tasting Cell: 082 459 0966 | Wine Tasting Email: [email protected]
  • Booking/Additional information: Maximum of 12 guests for Wine Tasting Reservations, no more than that will be accepted | Walk-ins will be accepted for wine & drinks on a first come, first served basis

#10 VERGENOEGD WINE ESTATE

Top 10 Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Cape Town - Stellenbosch Wine Route
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Situated in the heart of the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Route, Vergenoegd is a centuries-old wine farm that has fast become one of the most sought-after wine estates in Cape Town. Besides its stunning Cape Winelands location, beautiful surrounding scenery and exceptional wine and culinary experiences. Vergenoegd is widely known and loved for their beloved flock of Indian Runner ducks that call this Stellenbosch wine farm their home. Together with their working flock of more than 1 200 Indian Runner Ducks on the farm. Vergenoegd is one of Africa’s proud pioneers of a very unique, integrated pest management program.

Therefore, besides being an absolute pleasure to watch the flock of Indian Runner Ducks waddling by on the famous Indian Duck Parade. Which is a daily ritual at Vergenoegd where the flock of Indian Runner Ducks line-up in eager anticipation of their day in the vineyards. They also form an integral part of the ecosystem, by helping to keep the snails at bay. In addition, Vergenoegd has a breeding program in place to keep their beloved Indian Runner Duck workforce productive, healthy and happy. Intrigued guests can further choose to enjoy a tour of the duck pens and “breeding room” with one of their friendly duck herders. However, by far one of the most incredible and fun things to do (especially for the kids) when visiting Vergenoegd is watching the famous Indian Duck Parade and cheering them on along the way! The Vergenoegd Duck Parade takes place Monday – Sunday 10:30am 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Besides Vergenoegd’s beloved Indian Runner Ducks that have undoubtedly become a major attraction for anyone visiting the Cape Winelands. This top-tier Stellenbosch Wine Estate offers truly exceptional wine. Perfectly positioned between Table Mountain and the Hottentots-Holland mountain range to the east and west. Vergenoegd boasts a remarkable terroir and climate as well as a highly diverse soil quality that produces a distinct classic wine that has consistently received high levels of praise and recognition. Wine lovers can enjoy a Tasting of 5 superb Vergenoegd wines from either their Mid-Tier Range or Premium Range.

In addition to an exceptional Cape Town wine tasting experience, Vergenoegd also offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a Cellar Tour, Historical Walk-Abouts, amazing Artisan Picnics that can be enjoyed by the whole family, fun-filled kids entertainment and a variety of games. As well as a unique Wine Blending Experience or a visit to the Farm Deli for a delicious light meal or freshly baked goods and sweet treats.

  • Location: Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch
  • Wine Tasting Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
  • Contact details: 021 843 3248 | [email protected]