Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
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Top Wine Estates in Cape Town and Surrounds

Calling all head-over-heels wine lovers! In Cape Town, any time is wine time! This makes exploring and tasting your way through the beautiful Cape Winelands one of the top things to do in Cape Town all year-round.

South Africa is widely renowned for its exceptional wines, with the Western Cape boasting the largest, and certainly the most unique, wine producing region in Africa. Along with world-class vino, the Cape’s wine routes deliver breathtaking beauty, eye-catching architecture – heritage Cape Dutch manor houses alongside ultra-modern cellars – and a generous dollop of South African hospitality. Forward-thinking wineries, from Constantia to Stellenbosch, have become lifestyle destinations in their own right. Along with tutored tastings, they offer magnificent gardens, serious art collections, farm-to-table dining, and luxury accommodation with spas attached. 

With its breathtaking landscapes and diverse terroirs, the ‘winelands wonder’ that is the Western Cape is undoubtedly a wine lover’s paradise in every way possible. It’s no surprise that wine enthusiasts & vino connoisseurs from across the globe travel to the Western Cape Winelands to experience everything the glorious Cape Winelands has to offer.

From historic estates to contemporary vineyards, the Cape Winelands has it all in spades. While is was certainly no easy task to single out a handful of the top  Wine Estates in Cape Town and surrounds, we’ve curated a list of Cape Town’s best wine tasting rooms, along with the top places to go wine tasting in and around Cape Town, all of which are at the top of their game.

#Delaire Graff Estate

The Jewel of the Cape Winelands!

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Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Delaire Graff Estate

Sitting on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Pass, Delaire Graff is one of the Western Cape Winelands’ most astonishing marvels. Ranked one of the most prestigious wineries in the world, this glorious Stellenbosch Wine Estate has long been the wine destination of choice among both local and international wine enthusiasts – and it certainly isn’t hard to understand why.

To further add to its already impressive accolades, Delaire Graff Estate has become one of the most highly awarded Estates in the Southern Hemisphere since its inception in 2003. In addition to being named one of the most prestigious wineries in the world, it was also named one of the Top 50 wineries by the World’s Best Vineyards for 2023 – placing 36th overall. This continued recognition is a testament to Delaire Graff’s endless pursuit of perfection, which is evident throughout its vast vineyards, cellar – and every facet of the Estate.

Beyond its astonishing accolades, this designer, state-of-the-art winery is also one of the most magnificent natural gems in all of the Western Cape. With wraparound mountain and valley views, the panoramic vista of this spectacular Stellenbosch Wine Estate encompasses the glorious undulating vineyards, deep valleys, and towering mountains – even by Stellenbosch standards (which are exceptional high I might add), Delaire Graff’s views and surrounding scenery are beyond extraordinary, sweeping down the Banhoek Valley. It truly is unlike anything you’ve seen before!

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** Wine Tasting at Delaire Graff **

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Delaire Graff Estate Wine Tasting Lounge

In the heart of South Africa’s Winelands, savour a wine tasting experience like no other at Delaire Graff Estate’s remarkable Wine Tasting Lounge

The Delaire Graff Wine Tasting Lounge is an elegant and modern art-filled tasting space, with sofas, a fireplace, and a grand piano, which is played at intervals. Not only will visitors & wine-loving enthusiasts & connoisseurs have the incredible opportunity to sample some of South Africa’s finest & exclusive vintages only available at Delaire Graff, accompanied by spellbinding views across the Simonsberg Mountains of course, but enjoy tutored wine tasting experiences, accompanied by elegant food platters.

That’s not all! Expert sommeliers & wine tutors will be at your service, ready to awaken your senses to the unique qualities of Delaire Graff’s award-winning wines with a Tutored Wine Experience, all while guiding you through every step of the unbelievable tasting experience.

In addition to Delaire Graff’s Tutored Wine Experience, you can also opt to savour a glass of Delaire Graff wine all-year round at their prestigious art-filled Wine Lounge, as you sit back & relax on the spacious terrace in the summer, encircled by dramatic mountain views, or inside accompanied by a crackling log fire come winter.

** WINE TASTING OPTIONS **

You can choose to enjoy any of the following wine tasting options when visiting Delaire Graff Estate’s Wine Lounge – one of the top Wine Estates in Stellenbosch & the Western Cape as a whole:

  • Wine Tasting:

Explore your choice of wines from our Luxury & Premium ranges.

**Click here for more information & prices.

  • Red Wine Selection:

A curated selection of our finest clarets and red wines from across our ranges.

**Click here for more information & prices.

  • Icon Wine Tasting:

Wines of such notable and consistent quality that they stand as leaders in their field.

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#Jordan Wine Estate

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Jordan Wine Estate

Nestled in the heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, you’ll instantly be captivated by the breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Mountains and the vineyard-dotted landscape from the moment you arrive. Widely renowned for their unwavering commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality, Jordan Wine Estate’s dedication to sustainable farming practices, combined with their passion for winemaking, has garnered them international acclaim.

While all of their wines are beyond exceptional, Jordan Wine Estate is best known for its superb Chardonnay and elegant Bordeaux-style blends. On your visit to this top-tier Cape Town wine estate, you have the opportunity to delve deeper into the fascinating world of their exquisite wines by embarking on a guided cellar tour, where you’ll gain rare insight into their winemaking techniques and philosophy. Indulging in a wine tasting experience at Jordan Wine Estate’s contemporary tasting room, where their knowledgeable staff will guide you through their exceptional wine portfolio, is an absolute must! Finally, to complement your wine tasting experience, savour a gourmet meal at their restaurant, The Bakery, which offers a delightful fusion of local and international flavours.

#Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

  • Location: Tygerberg Valley Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 0860 572 572 | [email protected]

“Cape Town’s best kept secret” – Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

Tucked away in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley – a mere 20 km from Cape Town – lies Klein Roosboom Family Winery. Known as the keeper of one of Cape Town’s best-kept wine tasting secrets, Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery is any head-over-heels wine lover’s dream wine escape. In addition to boasting several multi-award-winning wines, Klein Roosboom offers wine enthusiasts one of the most distinctive and enthralling wine tasting experiences. With some of the most unique experiences that Durbanville has to offer, it certainly is no wonder that Klein Roosboom is known as Cape Town’s best kept Secret. With so much to offer, it’s hard to resist a visit to this beautiful one-of-a-kind Western Cape wine gem.

Beyond merely enjoying a tasting of Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery’s array of exceptional wines, you get to do so in a destination that is truly unlike any other – your very own cave! How incredible is that?!

All of their wine tasting caves were once fermentation tanks for wine. In fact, some caves still have magical, shiny tartaric acid deposits on the walls while others have lines that show the wine levels of yesteryear. Since then Klein Roosboom has reclaimed and lovingly restored their former wine storage facilities (‘caves’), creating cosy wine tasting nooks, each of which are individually themed.

Each cave (seating groups of 4 to 6 people) has been tastefully decked out with roses, old-fashioned decor pieces, and soft natural lighting, creating the most magical setting for a memorable wine tasting experience.  To top off an already bucket-list worthy, not-be-missed wine tasting experience, you will also get the opportunity to learn more about the amazing stories and secrets surrounding all of Klein Roosboom’s renowned wines as well as the family behind this top Cape Town wine estate told with passion & enthusiasm by their friendly wine ambassadors.

** WINE TASTING **

Join Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery for a wine tasting in one of their 6 cosy wine tasting caves. Select a date on the calendar and click on the “Book Online” button to start your booking. **Click here to make an online booking.

** WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES **

  • Wine Tasting Trading Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
  • Clickhere for the full Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery Tasting Menu

~ White Wine Tasting ~

  • Cost: R75
  • Jéan Sauvignon Blanc ‘23
  • Dear Diary Chardonnay ‘23
  • Marianna Roos Rosé ‘23
  • Limited Range Sauvignon Blanc ‘23

~ Red Wine Tasting ~

  • Cost: R85
  • Nicol Merlot ‘22
  • Nicol Merlot ‘21
  • Johan Cabernet Sauvignon ‘22
  • Janét Shiraz ‘22

~ ESTATE TASTING ~

  • Cost: R100
  • Jéan Sauvignon Blanc ‘23
  • Dear Diary Chardonnay ‘23
  • Marianna Roos Rosé ‘23
  • Nicol Merlot ‘21
  • Johan Cabernet Sauvignon ‘22
  • Janét Shiraz ‘22

Activities at Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

In addition to indulging in one of Klein Roosboom’s extraordinary wine tasting experiences, this top-tier Cape Town Wine Estate has so much more to offer. Visitors can enjoy a fun-filled picnic with the family on their lovely lushes lawns or relax among the vineyards at Jéan Restaurant before taking a leisurely stroll along one of their 3 breathtaking walking trails. Klein Roosboom is also home to PartyBikeSA. So, if you’re looking to add some extra thrill & excitement to your wine tasting experience, why not invite your friends for a 2-hour party bike adventure with wine, music, and splendid views as you navigate your way through the vineyards, stopping at various viewing points. This one-of-a-kind outdoor experience is tailor-made for all wine lovers!

Jéan Restaurant at Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

  • Jéan Restaurant Trading Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 4pm | Kitchen closes at 3:30pm
  • Contact details: 0860 572 572 | [email protected]
  • **Click here to make an online booking

Jéan Restaurant at Klein Roosboom is beautifully positioned amongst the tranquil vineyards and offers a seasonal a la carte menu with uncomplicated, honest dishes that pays homage to the Klein Roosboom family roots.

** FARM FRESH CUISINE **

Food is an expression of love, and therefore Jéan Restaurant is committed to creating dishes straight from the heart. They believe in using only the best lovproduce available and keeping it as true to its own nature as possible. Food that is not overly pretentious with schmears and foams but beautiful food with attitude. Thei food style is contemporary with familiar South African flavours, ample textures, and seasonal colours.

**Please note that due to the use of seasonal ingredients, the menu is subject to change.

#Groot Constantia Wine Estate

“Groot Constantia wine farm is testimony of how one man’s love for wine established South Africa’s first wine farm in 1685. In a word, our wines are from rich African soil, crafted to perfection. Groot Constantia memories are part of literature and heritage and embodies the timeless endeavour to perfection. Furthermore, our heritage stands for growth, life and beauty. Equally important, it is alive and vibrant, like the vineyards we hold dear. It is in our hearts” – Groot Constantia

Situated along the beautiful Constantia Wine Route, tucked in the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain, overlooking the picturesque False Bay, Groot Constantia has established itself as one of the top Cape Town Wine Estates & wine tasting experiences among both locals and tourists alike. Beyond being one of the Western Cape’s most highly sought-after wine tasting destinations among local & international wine enthusiasts. Groot Constantia is the very first, and therefore the oldest, wine-producing farm in South Africa, dating back to 1685. This makes Groot Constantia an important part of World Wine Heritage & a world-class international tourism destination. So much so that it captures the rich and diverse heritage of South Africa. The farm delivers a unique cultural, social, and historical experience to locals and tourists alike. It delivers a vast selection of exceptional, world-class, quality wines, several sensory encounters, as well as countless special experiences.

Groot Constantia truly is an iconic example of the preservation of South African culture and heritage.

One of the best things (and trust us, there are TONS) about this beloved Cape Town wine estate is that it welcomes wine lovers from all walks of life – whether you’re a self-proclaimed wine afficionado or simply someone that loves savouring a lovely glass of wine – absolutely everyone is welcome at Groot Constantia. Producing an exceptional variety of global award-winning wines to please every pallet, from a fresh and cheerful Blanc de Noir, a beautifully complex Chardonnay, a bold Shiraz, or their seductive Grand Constance (**Insider secret: Groot Constantia is perhaps most famous for its Grand Constance sweet wine (Napoleon’s favourite tipple), making it an absolute must-try) – Groot Constantia Wine Estate has something for every wine lover to sip, savour, and enjoy! Plus, with three remarkable 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 range of 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. The possibilities are truly endless! It goes without saying that 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. This, along with its pristine Cape-Dutch architecture, magnificent valley views, and stunning walking trails that snake through the vineyards only further imbues it with character, while the food and wine guarantee sensory pleasure all-around.

** WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES AT GROOT CONSTANTIA **

  • Opening Times: Open 7 days a week: 10h00 – 17h00 | Last tasting ticket at 16h00 | Includes Production Cellar, Cloete Cellar & the Manor House
  • Wine Tasting & Retail Shop: 09h00 – 18h00 daily | Last tasting ticket at 17h00
  • **Please note that we are closed Good Friday and Christmas day | Christmas eve and New year’s eve:  We close at 16h00
  • **Clickhere to book online

~ Available Daily ~

  • Bottom Cellar: 09h00 – 17h00 (closing at 18h00)
  • Production Cellar: 10h00 – 16h00 (closing at 17h00)
  • Top Cellar: 10h00 – 16h00 (closing at 17h00)

~ Wine Tasting ~

  • Cost: R130
  • Tasting (5 wines of your choice)
  • Souvenir branded wine glass

~ Chocolate and Wine Pairing ~

  • Cost: R200
  • Chocolate & Wine Pairing (5 Selected wines with 5 handcrafted chocolates)
  • Souvenir branded wine glass

~ Visitor Route Experience ~

  • Cost: R155
  • Manor House Museum and Cloete Cellar Access
  • Guided or Self-Guided Cellar Tour (10h00 – 16h00) – hourly
  • Wine Tasting (5 wines of your choice)
  • Souvenir branded wine glass
  • Add a chocolate tasting for only R60
  • Buy tickets online from Webtickets or at Estate on Tel: 021-794 5128
  • Closed on GOOD FRIDAY & CHRISTMAS DAY
  • There is no student/pensioner discount for the chocolate and wine tasting.

** GROOT CONSTANTIA VISITORS ROUTE **

Groot Constantia is extraordinary. Nestled in the fertile Constantia Valley, they believe time should be taken to explore, consume, and share their internationally award-winning wines. The spectacular Groot Constantia Visitors Route offers a circular self-guided tour of the heritage-rich core of the wine estate.

~ Activities that are offered on the Visitors Route ~

  • Explore the original Cape Dutch Manor House
  • Visit the famed Cloete Cellar: the birthplace of Grand Constance
  • Wine tasting Experience
  • See the wine museum and cultural history museum
  • Receive free access to three audio walking tours of the vineyards, historical manor house and modern-day production cellar

#Vergenoegd Wine Estate

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Vergenoegd Wine Estate

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 its 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.

In addition to it being an absolute pleasure & Cape Winelands’ highlight 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 for their day in the vineyards – These ducks also form an integral part of the ecosystem by helping to keep the snails at bay. To ensure the continued success of the program / initiative, Vergenoegd has a breeding program in place to keep their beloved Indian Runner Duck workforce productive, healthy, happy & thriving.

Intrigued guests can further choose to enjoy a tour of the duck pens and “breeding room” with one of their friendly duck herders. 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 & 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, incredible wine tasting opportunities, as well as exciting wine pairing experiences.

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.

That’s not all! 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 & a variety of games. Not to mention a unique Wine Blending Experience or a visit to the Farm Deli for a delicious light meal or freshly baked goods and sweet treats. There truly is something for everyone.

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** WINE TASTING AT VERGENOEGD WINE ESTATE **

Vergenoegd Löw’s range of wines can be tasted on the estate in historical venues or under starlit skies. Experts will introduce guests to the range of estate-grown wines that include red blends, MCC as well as white and red single cultivar wines. Another novelty is the indigenous tasting presented by their tasting room ambassadors in the Homestead where indigenous food like bokkom, umazi, and local delicacies are served with a wine that compliments, thus delivering a new experience for all the senses.

~ INDIGENOUS FOOD & WINE PAIRING ~

Combining the authentic, indigenous and cultural food served at the two restaurants on Vergenoegd Löw and the range of blended or single cultivar white, red and Méthode Cap Classique wines was always a “must do”. It is a journey of discovery to explore the unusual flavour combinations and taste sensations when matching a plate of biltong, bokkem, sour fig, spekboom, umasi with the Vergenoegd Löw wine range.

  • What: Indigenous Food and Wine Pairing
  • When: Every Thursday at 11:30am | Please arrive at 11am (30 minutes before the start of the tasting)
  • Where: Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate, 1 Vergenoegd Road, Somerset West, Off R310, Stellenbosch Wine Route
  • Contact details: 021 843 3248 | [email protected]
  • Booking: Click here to make an online booking NOW!
  • **Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 14 guests for this exclusive experience.

#BEAU Constantia Boutique Wine Farm

Located along the captivating Constantia Wine Route, a mere 20-minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, BEAU Constantia is a beautiful boutique wine farm situated at the top of Constantia Nek overlooking the vibrant False Bay coastline & magnificent Constantia Valley as far as the eye can see. Beyond its breathtaking 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 range, and the stunning False Bay, stretching as far as Hangklip & beyond.

Known for their superb variety of white and red wines, BEAU Constantia has made both local and global headlines with their exceptional selection / collection of wine with the winery receiving regular praise and recognition in addition to numerous wine awards to boot.

Their philosophy of minimum intervention when it comes to their wine echoes sensorially from ground to glass and winemaker Megan van der Merwe has left no stone unturned when it comes to creating wines with a strong sense of place. With only 12 hectares of vines that tenaciously cling to the near vertiginous mountainside, their production is limited to what one of the most extreme viticultural slopes in the Western Cape can deliver. Limitless, however, is their commitment to quality. They have a zero-compromise approach when it comes to growing the best quality fruit and take exactly that position in the cellar. There is absolutely no doubt that every bottle of BEAU Constantia wine will exceed your expectations. With such a spectacular range of exceptional wine on offer, paired with their unwavering passion and commitment to quality, it’s no surprise that BEAU Constantia has fast become one of the most popular & highly sought-after wine tasting experiences & Wine Estates in Cape Town among locals and travellers alike.

By far one of the most captivating & alluring 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 & wildly spectacular Tasting Room. Essentially a glass box hovering above the pristine Constantia Valley, guests can enjoy some of the most magnificent sweeping views paired with truly exceptional wine. What more could you ask for?

Unlike many other estates in the Cape, BEAU Constantia uses modern architecture to showcase & highlight their breathtaking views. Clean lines, a panoramic outlook, a comfortable outside area, and a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere all makes for a magical and memorable wine tasting journey and visit to one of the most highly acclaimed Wine Estates in the Western Cape.

**Insider Tip: When the sun is out, pull up a seat at one of the outdoor wooden tables, order a platter of cheese, charcuterie, seasonal fruit, and a bottle of exceptional BEAU Constantia wine of course, and simply settle back, relax, and let the views do their thing.

** BEAU CONSTANTIA WINE TASTING **

  • Click here to view the Wine Tasting Menu.
  • Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am – 5:30pm | Friday – Sunday: 11am – 7:30pm
  • Contact details: 021 794 8632 | [email protected]

~ Pas de Nom Tasting ~

  • Cost: R110 p/p
  • White 2022
  • Creative Batch 2023
  • Rosé 2023
  • Constantia Red 2020

~ Family Tasting ~

  • Cost: R150 p/p
  • Cecily 2023
  • Karin 2023
  • Lucca 2020
  • Stella 2020

~ Mixed Tasting ~

  • Cost: R150 p/p
  • Cap Classique
  • Creative Batch 2023
  • Lucca 2020
  • Aidan 2018

~ Wine Tasting Room Reservations ~

  • Open for Wine Tasting: Monday to Thursday from 11h00 – 19h00, Friday to Sunday from 11h00 – 20h00. Last Wine Tastings commence 90 minutes before closing time.
  • Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
  • Maximum of 12 guests for Wine Tasting Reservations, unless special arrangement has been made by emailing [email protected]
  • Booking is highly recommended. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
  • The open-air patio and amphitheatre works on a self-service basis.
  • Should you have a reservation outside and the weather changes for the worst, we, unfortunately, won’t be able to accommodate you inside.
  • Due to limited parking capacity and for responsible alcohol use, we strongly recommend making use of a taxi service or uber when visiting Beau Constantia.
  • No external food or beverage is allowed on the property.
  • Please note that we do not offer vineyard or cellar tours.
  • Click here to make an online booking.
  • Contact details: 021 794 8632 ext. 2 | [email protected]

** Chefs Warehouse at BEAU Constantia **

Showcasing one of the most magnificent views over the Constantia wine valley, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is the ultimate picturesque winelands escape. Besides its sought-after Cape winelands location, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia has established itself as one of Cape Town’s must-visit culinary gems for locals and travelers alike.

Beau Constantia offers a casual fine-dining experience in a modern dining space. Chef Ivor Jones and his team only use local, fresh, seasonal ingredients and unique and exciting flavour combinations to elevate and create their sensational dishes. Chef patron Ivor Jones is a classic and experimental creative. As the season changes and inspirations just as much, Ivor can flow through ideas and ingredients and adjust, adapt and improve on classics while fusing flavours, techniques and ferments.

Always looking to highlight the best of what is local and fresh, Ivor sparks a lust for experimentation in food and his team, and it shows in his beautiful plates.

  • Location: 1043 Constantia Main Road, Constantia Neck, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Opening Hours: LUNCH: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 2:00pm Last orders at 2:30pm | DINNER: Monday – Saturday: 6pm – 8pm (last orders 8:30pm) | *The restaurant closes at 11pm | Closed for Dinner on Sundays.
  • Contact details: 021 794 8632 ext.1 | [email protected] | www.beauconstantia.com
  • **Regrettably, we do not allow children under the age of 10 in the restaurant and do not have a children’s menu to offer.
  • **Click here to see the menu.
  • **Click here to make an online booking.
  • **Click here to find out more information.

#Tokara Wine Estate

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Tokara Wine Estate

If you love good food, great wine, and unparalleled views, clear your schedule and escape for a day to Tokara Wine Estate. Nestled high on the upper slopes of the Simonsberg mountain, Tokara Wine Estate (along with its vineyard and olive grove) boasts breathtaking vistas of the Stellenbosch region, as well as overlooks two of mother nature’s most awe-inspiring sights, False Bay & the glorious Table Mountain.

This modern and innovative estate seamlessly blends art, architecture, and viticulture to create an unparalleled sensory experience. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the striking design of the estate’s cellar, which houses state-of-the-art winemaking facilities.

Tokara’s unique location, along with the climate, geography, and soils all combine to produce perfect grapes. These grapes are then hand-picked and gently transported to their state-of-the-art cellar, where their exceptionally skilled winemakers transform the fruit into award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wines. Ranging from their iconic Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to their robust Bordeaux-style blends, Tokara Wine Estate is widely renowned for producing truly exceptional wines.

Enjoying a wine tasting experience at Tokara’s stylish tasting room, will not only give you the incredible opportunity to taste and sample each of their remarkable world-class wines, but bask in the unparalleled beauty of the estate and the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards. It truly is a beyond sensational sight to behold!

“Wherever you are in the world, sharing a bottle of Tokara wine evokes the mystery and majesty of the Simonsberg mountain. That’s what sets our wine apart from some of the world’s greatest wines. It has nothing to do with how we make our Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc. Instead, it has everything to do with where our wine is born.

It transports you to valleys of green, lofty mountainsides, and carefree days. And that feeling is impossible to recreate. Unless, of course, you open a bottle of Tokara’s finest” – Tokara.

** TOKARA WINE ESTATE WINE TASTING **

  • Contact Details: Book your wine tasting today by contacting Tokara on 021 808 5900 | [email protected]
  • Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm | Last tasting at 5:30pm

If you enjoy good company and excellent wine, book your seat at one of our exclusive wine tastings. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine ambassadors will guide you through the different ranges of wines crafted at our estate.

It’s an opportunity to sample the XO Potstill Brandy or sip a glass of Telos, the pinnacle of our wines and one destined to define Stellenbosch Cabernet.

Simply follow the stone-lined stairway up to the winery, where you’ll find our wine tasting lounge. It’s a beautiful, architecturally designed space with unrivalled views over False Bay to Table Mountain. Here you’ll also notice the fermentation cellar. Take a moment to check it out, and please do ask questions about the winemaking process.

And while you inhale, swirl, sip, and spit, don’t forget to try our delectable cheese platter and delicious olive oils.

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** TOKARA WINE ESTATE EXPERIENCE **

If you enjoy the finer things in life, come to Tokara. With various dining spaces, wine tasting, and art, interlinked by gentle walks between olive groves and vineyards, Tokara is the perfect day out for couples, families, or singles.

Book a wine tasting experience and indulge your appreciation for fine wines and Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Knowledgeable wine ambassadors are on-hand to answer your questions and take you through our winemaking process.

If you’re interested in something a little more filling, book a table at Tokara Restaurant. Here, Chef Carolize Coetzee prepares a delicious treasure trove of contemporary cuisine inspired by the local countryside and farm produce. Paired with award-winning wines and dramatic views over Stellenbosch and False Bay, it’s a feast for the senses.

If you prefer something a little more informal, pop over to the Tokara Delicatessen, our gourmet food shop. It’s child friendly and offers a seasonal menu, olive oil products, and other goodies to take home. Here, you can indulge in mouth-watering and hearty bistro fare, delectable pizzas, and arguably the finest coffee in the Banghoek Valley.

And, after you’ve satisfied your appetite, take a relaxing stroll through our picturesque sculpture garden, or head on over to our winery to peruse our gallery of curated art.

  • Restaurant Contact Details: 021 885 2550 | [email protected]
  • Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 3pm | 6pm – 9pm

#Vergelegen Wine Estate

Founded on 1 February 1700, Vergelegen (meaning “situated far away”), has been under the ownership of some of the world’s great explorers and visionaries, each of whom, in their own way, have helped shape Vergelegen to what it is today: a world-class Estate.

With Vergelegen’s award-winning handcrafted wines, rich history spanning over 300 years, long-standing heritage, exquisite gardens, and world-class cuisine to suit all tastes, it comes as no surprise that Vergelegen Estate continues to be the destination of choice among the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience.

Boasting spectacular views overlooking an extensive octagonal-shaped herb garden, Vergelegen’s Wine Tasting Centre gives guests the opportunity to enjoy an authentic, top-tier wine tasting experience of some of their most exceptional globally-acclaimed wines in either a beautiful indoor or stunning outdoor patio setting. Guests are assured an incredibly warm welcome at the Vergelegen Wine Tasting Centre, where their extremely passionate and highly knowledgeable wine advisors happily guide you through Vergelegen’s range of award-winning wines. Boasting a Flagship Range, Reserve Range, Vineyard Range, and Premium Range, Vergelegen undoubtedly has a wine to suite every pallet.

** VERGELEGEN WINE TASTING OPTIONS **

~ Vergelegen Premium Range Wine Tasting ~

Tasting of Vergelegen’ entry-level range – comprised of accessible, light-to-medium bodied red and white wines made for all occasions. All produced from Estate grown grapes since 2009.

  • Premium Sauvignon Blanc
  • Premium Chardonnay
  • Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
  • Premium Shiraz

~ Vergelegen Flagship Range Wine Tasting ~

Tasting of Vergelegen’s most exclusive Flagship Range – the Estate’s winemaking philosophy reaches its pinnacle in each of these three Bordeaux-style wines. Crafted with meticulous purpose that results in wines that reflect the very essence of Vergelegen. Vergelegen’s philosophy for the flagship range is manifested in the holistic pursuit of wines that are an expression of terroir. Following two decades of vineyard development and viticulture refinements, the team have been able to identify the individual vineyards and varietals that best express this great estate.

  • Vergelegen G.V.B. White
  • G.V.B Red & V

~ Vergelegen Vineyard Range Wine Tasting ~

Tasting of Vergelegen’s limited release Vineyard Range – comprised of three full-bodied, site-specific wines, all made with the distinct purpose of expressing each varietal’s uncompromised character in harmony with the Estate’s unique terroir.

  • The Mistake Merlot
  • The First Thought Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The Last Word Cabernet Sauvignon

In many ways the development of a single block of vines is very similar to that of a developing child – each one has unique characteristics and each needs to be nurtured in a manner that allows its full potential to develop. Over the years we have learned that “forcing” vineyards into a specific production path frequently backfires and these three wines, The First Thought, Last Word and Mistake Merlot, are prime examples of how, with gentle nurturing and support, vineyards are capable of expressing their site-specific personalities in a bottle.

~ Vergelegen Reserve Range Wine Tasting ~

Taste one of two selections of Vergelegen’s Reserve range – medium-to-full bodied red and white wines, made with a distinct emphasis on our wine making philosophy – there must be harmony between the old and the new.

The Reserve Range comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and DNA (four red wines) and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon (three white wines), with all grapes being Estate grown and meticulously crafted vintage on vintage.

  • Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Shiraz
  • DNA

~ Vergelegen Group Wine Tasting Experience ~

Bespoke wine tasting experience for groups of 8 pax or more. Pre-selected wine tasting offering showcasing the true character and terroir of Vergelegen. Tasting includes our award-winning flagship white and red blends.

  • Sauvignon Blanc Premium
  • GVB White
  • Shiraz Reserve
  • GVB Red

~ Vergelegen MMV Brut ~

Method Cap Classique from Vergelegen – unique for that special celebration in life!
The Vergelegen MMV is a Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay). This classical wine takes its name from the year in which Vergelegen first developed the concept of traditional bottle fermented sparkling wine – 2005.

~ Vergelegen Straw Wine ~

The Vergelegen Straw wine is made from grapes that are dried whilst still on the vine – processing starts the moment sufficient sugar concentration has developed. Elegant with dried apricots, peaches pineapple and orange marmalade. A perfect match with your favourite dessert.

~ Click here to find out more about all of Vergelegen’s Wine Tasting Experiences. ~

** Vergelegen Experiences **

In addition to an incredible Cape Town wine tasting experience, Vergelegen offers guests a vast range of incredible & exciting experiences to be enjoyed by all.

** Cellar Tours **

Giving visitors the opportunity to view the vineyards and the multiple level, gravity flow cellar firsthand. Drive through the vineyards to the multiple level, gravity flow cellar.  Designed by French architects in a manner that combines the old with the new, the cellar provides majestic views of the surrounding valley offering visitors the opportunity of understanding the extent of Van der Stel’s vision in current times, as well as experiencing the cellar firsthand.

Cellar Tour Highlights:

  • Vineyard overview
  • Gravitational flow cellar
  • Underground barrel vault
  • Extensive 360-degree views of False Bay and Hottentots Holland Mountain range from the cellar roof

Click here to find out more about Vegelegen’s Cellar Tours.

** HERITAGE & GARDEN TOUR **

Our beautiful gardens are open year-round for visitors to explore, should you wish to learn more about Vergelegen you can book a guided Heritage and Garden tour.

Experience the Vergelegen Cultural Heritage and Gardens first-hand, accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide.

Vergelegen was declared a Provincial Heritage Site in 2019 and has been nominated as a World Heritage Site. The Estate reflects an authentic depiction of Cape Cultural Heritage, in addition to 17 themed gardens that are intricately interwoven in the Cape Cultural existence.

Heritage & Garden Tour Highlights:

Led by insightful and passionate guides, the highlights will include:

  • 200 year old library including a catalogued 4500 book collection
  • 300 year old Cape Dutch Homestead, refurbished to reflect the layered historicism
  • Trees of significance including the majestic Camphor Trees that were declared National Monuments in 1942
  • Magnificent themed gardens

Click here to find out more about Vergelegen’s Heritage & Garden Tour.

** ENVIRONMENTAL TOURS **

An exciting new tour offering at Vergelegen to showcase the culmination of 20 years of ongoing commitment to sustainability and rehabilitation.

An exciting new tour offering at Vergelegen to showcase the culmination of 20 years of ongoing commitment to sustainability and rehabilitation. We start off the Environmental excursion through the Vergelegen arboretum and biodiversity nature reserve, with possible sightings of Nguni cattle, Bontebok, Rau-Quagga & Eland antelope that are part of an ongoing doctoral thesis in conjunction with CTEET (Cape Town Environmental Education Trust). Smaller species of animals as well as birds are also often seen on the tour.

Environmental Tour Highlights:

  • An overview of the Estate and sustainability initiatives (water plant, solar project, breeding projects)
  • Vergelegen Nature Reserve (2018)
  • Bontebok (antelope)
  • Nguni Cattle, Eland, Rau-Quagga and other smaller species
  • Indigenous Fynbos

Click here to find out more about Vergelegen’s Environmental Tours.

Vergelegen Gardens

** PICNIC AT VERGELEGEN IN THE MAGICAL CAMPHORE FOREST **

Seedlings sourced from Vergelegen’s ‘Big Five’ have grown into a shady camphor forest, now the site of the Estate’s summer picnics.

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.

Vergelegen is home to 18 extraordinary Gardens:

  • Octagonal Garden
  • David Austin Rose Garden
  • Reflection Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Sundial Garden
  • Bamboo Garden
  • East Garden (Infront of Stables)
  • AgapantUS Garden
  • Camellia Garden of Excellence
  • Wetlands Garden
  • Fynbos Garden (Cellar)
  • Hydrangea Garden
  • Yellowwood Walk
  • Maple Garden
  • Oak Arboretium
  • Camphore Forest
  • Ginko Trees
  • Children’s Adventure Garden

Click here to find out more about Vergelegen’s array of spectacular Gardens.

…THERE’S MORE!!

Visitors to Vergelegen can also choose to explore the stunning scenic surroundings and / or relax & unwind on the Wine Estate’s lush lawns.

Restaurants at Vergelegen

~ Amazing food options served in astonishing scenery ~

A sensational dining experience also awaits those looking to enjoy one of Vergelegen’s three sought-after restaurants, Cafe Fleur at Vergelegen, Stables at Vergelegen, or The Rose Terrace at Vergelegen. Not to mention Picnics at Vergelegen’s mystic Camphor Forest. While Vergelegen Estate offers four uniquely different dining experiences, each has a relentless focus on quality, consistency, and hospitality.

Click here for more information on Vergelegen’s Restaurants.

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“Think of Vergelegen to spend quality time with family and friends – wine tasting, heritage, environmental and cellar tours, three restaurants and the seasonal luxury Picnic in the camphor forest, are only a few of a myriad of enjoyable activities at Vergelegen.” – Vergelegen.

#Meerendal Wine Estate

  • Location: Vissershok Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 975 1655 | [email protected]
  • Website: Vissershok Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town

Located in the picturesque Durbanville Wine Valley, Meerendal Wine Estate offers an idyllic escape for both local and international wine enthusiasts. With a history dating back to 1702, this estate is one of the oldest in South Africa. As you step onto the beautiful grounds, you’ll be greeted by rolling vineyards and a sense of timeless beauty. The estate’s dedication to sustainable farming practices ensures that the wines produced here reflect the harmony between nature and craftsmanship.

Meerendal is known for its signature varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Merlot. Embark on a wine-tasting journey at their state-of-the-art tasting room, where the passionate & knowledgeable staff will guide you through their exquisite wine selection. If you’re looking to enjoy a more immersive experience, why not join a cellar tour and witness the winemaking process firsthand. Afterwards, indulge in a delectable meal at the estate’s renowned restaurant, where the menu is perfectly paired with their exceptional wines – it truly is an experience unlike any other.

#Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

  • Location: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm and Restaurant, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Contact details: Wine Farm Tel: 021 794 5190/1 | Wine Tasting Tel: 021 794 5190/1 | Wine Enquiries Tel: 021 794 5190/1 | The Studio Tel: 021 794 1181 | Beyond Restaurant Tel: 021 794 0306
  • Website: www.buitenverwachting.com

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, barely 12km from the vibrant False Bay, Buitenverwachting is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Wine Estates found along the Constantia Wine Route.

** BUITENVERWACHTING WINE TASTING CENTRE **

The Wine Tasting Centre is housed in the original 250 year old wine cellar, with its typical broad white washed walls and thatch roof, making it the perfect home for sampling Buitenverwachting wines. The front of the building offers a terrace overlooking the lawns and historic buildings, while the lounge terrace connects with the vineyards and offers views towards the Constantia mountains. 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.

The wine tasting experience is housed in the historic 250-year-old wine cellar with it’s typical broad white washed wall and thatched roof, making it the perfect home for sampling Buitenverwachting wines. The front of the building offers a terrace overlooking the lawns and historic buildings, while the lounge terrace connects with the vineyards and offers views towards the Constantia mountains.

Wine Tastings are guided by the incredibly friendly and vastly knowledgeable Buitenverwachting tasting room staff.

The Buitenverwachting boutique wine tasting experience is a selection of five wines for only R100pp.  Make sure to include the Maximus and the G limited release wines.  Also you can’t go wrong with the Hussey’s Vlei, an elegant Sauvignon Blanc that is certainly a Buitenverwachting favourite.  Feeling hungry, try one of the delicious varieties of charcuterie platters that are all homemade by the amazing kitchen staff.

** PLATTERS ON THE LAWN **

Situated in the historic core of Buitenverwachting, overlooking the magnificent 250 year old Norfolk Pine, sprawling lawns and surrounding original Cape Dutch farm buildings, Buitenverwachting has one of the most beautiful picnic settings in Cape Town and is worth a visit. 

Book a table at the wine tasting room or order the delicious platters from the tasting room, find a spot on the beautiful, lush lawns to eat, drink and enjoy the summer sun.  Platters on the lawn works on a first come first served basis, so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.  Savour your selection with only the best quality charcuterie, cheeses, bread, tapenades, jams, and other deliciousness! 

A must try is their famous homemade feta, olive & sundried tomato tapenade.  All of their pâtés and tapenades are homemade by their amazing kitchen staff.  It truly is the perfect place to come and spend quality time with your family and friends. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic blanket and camp chairs but please note that NO self-catering is allowed.

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.

** BEYOND RESTAURANT AT BUITENVERWACHTING **

For more formal dining, the Buitenverwachting Restaurant – BEYOND RESTAURANT – boasts an unforgettable culinary experience you won’t soon forget. Peter Tempelhoff’s enduring food philosophy is one that centres on provenance – a philosophy than ensures that the concept never eclipses the importance of the ingredients. At beyond, special attention has been paid to sourcing a diverse range of special raw produce.

From rare-breed meats, and seasonal heirloom vegetables to artisanally crafted cheeses, this diversity serves to showcase and celebrate the ‘weird and wonderful’ and the beauty of unique strains and flavours beyond mass production.

Also a core consideration – central to this process – is that by sourcing locally, the restaurant underscores its commitment to supporting smaller growers, farmers and producers who form part of a sustainable supplier ecosystem.

**Click here to make a booking!

Opening times:

  • Monday & Tuesday: Closed
  • Lunch – 12:00 to 14:30, Wednesday to Sunday
  • Dinner – 18:00 to 20:30, Wednesday to Saturday

Seating description:

  • Dining Room – inside seating limited to full views of the vineyards
  • Patio – partially covered outside seating with the courtyard view
  • Harvest Table – a long table seating up to 16 guests
  • Elevated Table – a long table with slightly raised seats seating up to 12 guests

#Waterford Wine Estate

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Waterford Wine Estate

Despite Waterford Wine Estate being rather young in its inception in comparison to other well-established century-old Wine Estates, it has undoubtedly established itself as one of the top Wine Estates in Stellenbosch to visit among both local & international wine lovers alike. situated in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley on the rolling slopes of the majestic Helderberg Mountain, within the world-renowned Stellenbosch wine region, it is this very mountain range that gives Waterford Estate wines their unique character and sense of place. Waterford Estate is dedicated to creating the best quality wines which truly and consistently express the terroir of the Helderberg Mountains.

Cantered around a serene fountain, The Waterford Estate winery, along with its Tasting Room, offers a tranquil & relaxing setting where guests can sit, relax, and enjoy a wide selection of exciting & exceptional tasting options and experiences. With the wine cellar built surrounding the courtyard, guests can observe the workings of the winery, and get a true feel for the wine making process without disrupting the tranquillity of their tasting experience.

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** WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES AT WATERFORD ESTATE **

~ The Cellar Collection ~

  • Duration: 45 min to an hour
  • Click here to make a booking

A vertical tasting experience of three vintages of Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, three vintages of Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, and a tasting of our flagship, The Jem.

~ Waterford Portfolio Collection ~

  • Duration: 45 min
  • Click here to make a booking

A perfect combination of Waterford Estate white and red wines. Sample the fresh and dry Rose-Mary Rosé, a fresh yet creamy Old Vine Project Chenin blanc, a delightfully mineral Chardonnay, a light and rustic Grenache, the iconic Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz and the classic Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

~ Waterford Estate Wine & Chocolate Pairing ~

  • Duration: 30 min
  • Click here to make a booking

Designed to create an unrivalled flavour sensation – our Waterford Estate Wine & Chocolate Pairing is a crowd-pleaser for a reason. Our Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Waterford Heatherleigh are paired with our signature chocolates created by Chocolatier, Richard von Geusau.

~ The Waterford Experience ~

  • Duration: 45 min to an hour
  • Click here to make a booking

This experience allows you to taste and explore a wide variety of Waterford Estate wines. Taste the white wines ranging from a fresh Rosé, a fruity and creamy Old Vine Project Chenin blanc, a mineral Chardonnay and light and rustic Grenache. Finish off the experience with the Waterford Estate Wine & Chocolate Pairing entailing the Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz paired with a Masala Chai Dark Chocolate, the Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Rock Salt Dark Chocolate and the delightfully fresh and sweet Heatherleigh dessert wine paired with a Rose Geranium milk chocolate. 

~ The Jem Tasting ~

  • Duration: 15 min
  • Click here to make a booking

A single tasting of Waterford Estate’s flagship, award-winning red blend, The Jem.

#JC Le Roux

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: JC Le Roux Wine Estate

“We are passionate about bubbles and the fun they bring not only in making them but also every occasion and moment. And it’s heart-warming to know that our consumers agree!” – JC Le Roux

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Anyone for bubbles? Then JC Le Roux is DEFINITELY the place to be! Established in 1982, it certainly comes as no surprise that the iconic JC Le Roux is not only the first & only dedicated sparkling wine cellar in South Africa, but also the leader of the sparkling wine category in the country, elevating all occasions & turning every glass into a celebration. Amongst many other accomplishments & accolades, J.C. Le Roux is widely known for their exceptional quality, elegant aesthetic, and extraordinary attention to detail. The House of J.C. Le Roux, “The Home of Celebration” and SA’s first dedicated sparkling wine cellar, offers visitors & guests a breathtaking setting to explore their vast & exquisite range of crisp, lively, and refreshing sparkling and Cap Classique wines, from sweet to dry, non-alcoholic, and bubbly flavours JC Le Roux has it all!

Grounded in innovation, the cellar is the signature of true sparkling craftsmanship. Year after year, they continue to offer consistent quality – loudly & proudly establishing themselves as the ultimate leader in the South African Sparkling Wine category & as an iconic, well awarded South African brand. That’s certainly not all! Always the trendsetters in local sparkling wine, J.C. Le Roux spearheaded the launch of exciting new styles and varietals. Not only were they the first in South Africa to launch a red sparkling wine, La Chanson, but the first sparkling wine made solely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes too! With so much to offer you’d be hard-pressed not to pay this exclusive & top-tier Stellenbosch Wine Estate a visit!

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** THE J.C LE ROUX TASTING ROOM **

  • Operating Hours: Hours | Winter (May – September): Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 16:00 | Friday – Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 | Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00 | Hours | Summer (October – April): Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 16:00 | Friday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Tasting Booking: Please contact us on 021 865 8200 or email us on [email protected] to secure your spot | Or clickhere to book your tasting online
  • Please Note: Bookings for weekends and public holidays should be made at least 24 hours in advance.

The tasting room at the House of J.C. Le Roux offers a range of tastings and specially crafted parings for the most sophisticated of palates – both sweet and dry. Some of their delectable pairings include a delightful selection of Nougat, Turkish delight, enticing cheesecakes, and even delicious pizza combinations.

For the non-alcoholic bubbly drinker and the designated driver – don’t worry, J.C Le Roux has you covered too! They have non-alcoholic tasting options and a food pairing experience so that you can join in on all the bubbly fun! Not to be left out from the tasting fun, children can also enjoy their own juice and pizza pairing. There truly is something for everyone at J.C Le Roux!

** CLICK HERE FOR ALL OF J.C LE ROUX’ INCREDIBLE TASTING OPTIONS **

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It doesn’t end there! You can tour the production process for Méthod Cap Classique and other sparkling wines, and stop for gift shopping, snacks, and lunch. This estate calls itself “The Home of Celebration” for good reason.

Their restaurant Cucina Di Giovanni at the House of J.C. Le Roux, offers an elegant ambiance in a warm and friendly setting. Overlooking dazzling views of their vast vineyards and mountains, it is a true escape to enjoy a picturesque food and bubbly experience. So go ahead and savour a glass of your favourite J.C. Le Roux bubbly with one of their delectable dining options including wood fired pizza, pasta, seafood, steak, chicken dishes & so much more!

  • Operating Hours: Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00 | Kitchen closes at 16h00
  • Contact details: Tel: 021 865 8222 | Email: [email protected] | WhatsApp & Call: 063 842 6575

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#Lanzerac Wine Estate

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Lanzerac Wine Estate

~ Home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage ~

Lanzerac has been a visionary wine estate in establishing the unique South African variety, Pinotage. It is also one of the oldest heritage farms in the Western Cape, dating back to 1692.

**Interesting fact: In 1925, University of Stellenbosch Professor of Viticulture, Abraham Izak Perold successfully crossed two grape varietals, Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) to create South Africa’s first unique and indigenous wine grape variety – Pinotage. Lanzerac was the first estate to bottle this variety and use the term Pinotage to market its 1959 vintage.

Today Lanzerac continues to make outstanding wines under the leadership of Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan and Farm Manager Philip le Roux.

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The proper name of this gem is actually Lanzerac Wine Estate – Hotel, Spa, Restaurant, Wine & Deli, which kind of says it all. Steeped in history dating back to 1692, Lanzerac Wine Estate is a historic landmark and Stellenbosch icon. The grande dame is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Positioned in the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley on the outskirts of the historical town of Stellenbosch, the Estate boasts views of dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of gardens shaded by giant Oak trees.

The homestead was transformed into a manor house in 1959 – reminiscent of the traditional French way of fusing a country hotel and wine estate. Today the iconic property hosts an elegant five-star Country hotel, acclaimed bars, restaurants and Deli, a remarkable tasting venue, and a chic day spa. Yes, this is one Stellenbosch Wine Estate that definitely has it all!

Over the years Lanzerac fast became synonymous with Stellenbosch’s social agenda and provided many local and foreign tourists with a unique winelands experience, characterised by its heritage and commitment to friendly ‘Boland’ culture and service commitment.

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** LANZERAC TASTING ROOM **

  • Operating Hours: October – April: Daily from 08h00 – 19h00 | May – September: Sundays to Thursdays, 08h00 till 17h00 & 08h00 till 18h00 on Fridays & Saturdays
  • Contact Details: [email protected] | Click here to book online
  • Booking: Click here to make a booking for one of Lanzerac’s Wine Tasting experience in their highly acclaimed Tasting Room.

The Lanzerac Tasting Room is open seven days a week and offers its patrons the opportunity to explore the Estate’s range of acclaimed wines in a relaxed atmosphere whilst surrounded by the breath-taking views of the Stellenbosch valley. Guests are invited to enjoy a selection of tailor-made tastings suited to individuals or groups in the comfort of the well-appointed Tasting Room or on the veranda overlooking the scenic vineyards.

The daily cellar tours, guided by one of Lanzerac’s expert Wine Advisors, offer visitors the opportunity to tour the working wine cellar, as an extra special bonus, the estate’s expert wine advisors will give you an insider’s view / perspective of this working, heritage wine cellar, as well as explore & discover the vast & rich heritage of the Estate itself, along with all of its various facets, unique & immersive experiences & OF COURSE their world-renowned wine.

** CLICK HERE FOR ALL OF LANZERAC’S WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES **

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#Rust en Vrede

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Rust en Vreede Wine Estate

A visit to this pristine Stellenbosch Wine Estate is like visiting a very special piece of history. The Cape Dutch buildings on the property date back to 1780, and today, they all have official National Monument status, with most of the buildings still being in full use today. In fact, the majority of these official National Monument buildings are used on a daily basis, making them true living history of the property & Wine Estate.

When the farm was bought in 1977, owners Jannie and Ellen Engelbrecht embarked on a full restoration of the estate. An extensive vineyard re-planting also took place, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot.

Rust en Vrede Estate lies south of Stellenbosch, approximately 15km from False Bay. The property is nestled on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain between 85m and 130m above sea level, with a magnificent view of Table Mountain to the West. Vineyards are situated on North facing slopes, with a small portion of North-East and North-West facing slopes that provide subtle nuances in aspect. Shielded from the powerful South-Easterly wind by the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains and protected from the South-Westerly wind off the Atlantic by the foothills of the Helderberg, Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why the estate specialise in reds, particularly Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. These varieties lend themselves to full bodied wines with powerful structure and excellent ageing potential.

With the estates primary focus being on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, it allows them to produce the highest quality, full bodied wines that are all-in-all the purest reflection of their beloved Stellenbosch terroir. All Rust en Vrede wines are Estate grown, made, and bottled – it all happens right here in this magical place – At Rust en Vrede in the glorious Stellenbosch winelands.

Bonus fact: Nelson Mandela served selections from Rust en Vrede at his Nobel Peace Prize dinner.

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** RUST EN VREDE TASTING ROOM **

Known for its award-winning restaurant and winery, Rust en Vrede is an epic destination for gourmands who love exceptional wine & fine dining. The modern winery, which has a split-level tasting room, is bedecked in classic leather and wood. A terrace beneath ancient oaks overlooks verdant lawns edged with rose bushes. The winery, which straddles traditional and cutting-edge techniques, is known for its range of pristine reds, from full-bodied Cabernets to smooth Merlot, Shiraz, and red blends. To provide / offer guests the very best Rust en Vrede wine tasting experience, Rust en Vrede’s full range of wines are available for tasting at their Tasting Room.

Absolutely everyone is invited to enjoy an intimate tasting experience in their state-of-the-art cellar or under the large oaks with sensational surrounding views of the vineyards and the Stellenbosch mountains. It is entirely up to you.

Daily tastings are guided by Rust en Vrede’s expert, friendly, and vastly knowledgeable tasting room staff, who also offer informal tours of the estates’ underground cellar.

“Our tasting room is open seven days a week, where you can taste our full range of wines. Tastings are presented by knowledgeable staff. Informal tours of our underground cellar are available on request, and a winemaker’s lunch is available between 12pm – 3pm” – Rust en Vrede.

~ Wine Tasting Details ~

  • Operating hours: Open Daily for wine tasting and wine sales | Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm | Sundays: 10am – 4pm.
  • Bookings / Enquiries: For bookings and / or enquiries email [email protected] or call 021 881 3881.
  • **Click here to see Rust en Vrede’s various exciting wine tasting options!

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~ Winemaker’s Lunch ~

Combine your wine tasting with their renowned Winemaker’s lunch, a simple set menu of either steak or salmon accompanied by a glass of wine. It is the ideal setting for a wonderful afternoon out in the stunning Stellenbosch winelands, surrounded by giant towering oaks and beautifully manicured gardens.

~ Winemaker’s Lunch Details ~

  • Operating hours: Open daily | 12pm – 3:30pm.
  • Bookings / Enquiries: For bookings and / or enquiries please email [email protected] or call 021 881 3757 | You can also make a booking online via their online booking system – Click here to make an online booking.
  • **Reservations made via our online booking system will be confirmed via email | Reservations are only valid after confirmation.
  • **Unfortunately no children under the age of 12 are allowed.
  • **They regrettably do not take reservations for lunch as they work on a first come, first served bases.

~ Rust en Vrede Restaurant ~

“Since opening in 2007, the Rust en Vrede Restaurant has shaped the way we think about wine and food. Set in the historic cellar, our aim is to show guests how a dining experience can be heightened by the combination of outstanding wine with excellent food

Our restaurant is housed in the Estate’s original cellar, a historic monument which has been transformed into a sophisticated yet relaxing fine-dining setting. We’ve done our best to preserve the unique charm of the building so that guests are transported back to simpler times, where good wine and food are central to the experience.

Our international wine list is overseen by sommelier James Mukosi, who works closely with Chef Fabio to find the best wine pairings for each dish. Combining a balanced menu with wines to enhance each dish, rounded off with stellar service, we aim to offer you a singular experience” – Rust en Vrede.

  • Operating hours: Open daily | 12pm – 3:30pm.
  • Bookings / Enquiries: For bookings and / or enquiries please email [email protected] or call 021 881 3757 | You can also make a booking online via their online booking system – Click here to make an online booking.
  • **Reservations made via our online booking system will be confirmed via email | Reservations are only valid after confirmation.
  • **Unfortunately no children under the age of 12 are allowed.
  • **They regrettably do not take reservations for lunch as they work on a first come, first served bases.
  • **Click here to find out more about Rust en Vrede’s Restaurant & everything they have to offer.

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#Kanonkop Wine Estate

Top Wine Estates in Cape Town
Photo credit: Kanonkop Wine Estate

Kanonkop Wine Estate is situated in Stellenbosch, the premium red wine region of South Africa’s Western Cape Province.

To many, Kanonkop is considered to be the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. For others, Kanonkop is representative of SO MUCH MORE than simply being a wine estate. It is a confluence of unapologetic natural beauty, unwavering hospitality, core family values, tradition, history, and interesting characters – all of which are as integral to the wine estate’s ability to create exceptional wines as the ancient decomposed granite soils, the cool air from the Atlantic Ocean, and the old dryland vineyards. The one simply cannot exist without the other.

Kanonkop is a 4th generation family-owned wine estate, which has been handed down from generation to generation and is now in the hands of brothers Paul and Johann Krige.

The name Kanonkop is derived from a hillock (kop) on the Simonsberg mountain above the wine estate from where, during the 17th and 18th centuries, a cannon was fired to announce the arrival of sailing ships entering Table Bay. When farmers heard the sound of the cannnon they traveled to the harbour to see if they could buy or barter their products for exotic products.

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** Kanonkop Wine Estate Wines **

Kanonkop is blessed with rare & distinctive terroir that bestows a unique fingerprint onto each and every bottle of Kanonkop wine, essentially providing all of Kanonkop’s wine with a consistent sense of place.

Of all the very fine red wines made in Stellenbosch and elsewhere in the Cape today, the name Kanonkop is consistently among those at the top of the lists compiled by critics, judges, collectors, and buyers.

The purity, finesse, and structure of Kanonkop’s wines are well documented and consistently accrue the judges’ trophies, 95+ point ratings or five-star accolades.

If, however, there are two characteristics that stand out and allow Kanonkop to command its status as South Africa’s First Growth, they are consistency and a sense of place.

Kanonkop essentially produces 2 ranges of wine:

~ The Kanonkop Estate Range ~

  • Wines made in a complex, age-worthy style for extended maturation.
  • Grapes originate solely from older vineyards on the Kanonkop Estate.
  • Manual punch-downs during fermentation.
  • Matured in new French oak barrels for 18 to 24 months.

The ambition to make great wine remains as fervent today as when Kanonkop bottled its maiden estate wine from the 1973 vintage. From the farming of the vineyards, the ethos of traditional old-school winemaking and the quality of new French oak barrels to preparing the wine for bottling, only the best is good enough. The biggest challenge for the winemaker is not to manipulate the wine but to still be able to show the characteristics of that specific vintage 10–20 years later.

One of the features of Kanonkop is a nod towards an old-world, classic pedigree: the ability of its wines to age well. Not merely longevity, but an ability to gain complexity and a spectacular array of nuances as the wine ages in the bottle.

The Estate Range includes:

  • Pinotage
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Paul Sauer
  • Black Label Pinotage
  • **Click here to find out everything there is to know about Kanonkop’s Estate Range wines.

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~ The Kanonkop Kadette Range ~

  • Wines made in a softer, fruit forward style for earlier consumption.
  • Grapes originate from dedicated contract growers in the Stellenbosch region.
  • Automated punch-downs during fermentation.
  • Matured in older French oak barrels for 12 months.

By the mid-1980s, Kanonkop was experiencing an ever-growing demand for its estate wines. This had led to new plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage. While the new vineyards were a blessing in terms of future increased volumes, the ethos of Kanonkop’s cellar, under Beyers Truter at the time, required that these newer vines reach a certain stage of maturity before the fruit was deemed good enough to be vinified into a wine that portrayed the depth and complexity associated with Kanonkop.

It was Jannie Krige who came up with the idea of making a second label under the name Kadette. The thinking behind the new name was logical: with the military association of ‘kanon’ (cannon) in Kanonkop, the Kadette was deemed a deserved junior to the more senior main brand.

The grapes used in the Kadette range of wines no longer come from the Kanonkop vineyards; the demand is too great and the volume required simply too large. However, every bunch of grapes brought in for the making of Kadette is subjected to the same meticulous processes in the winery as the Estate range.

The Kadette Range includes:

  • Kadette Pinotage Rosé
  • Kadette Cape Blend
  • Kadette Pinotage
  • Kadette Cabernet Sauvignon
  • **Click here to find out everything there is to know about Kanonkop’s Kadette Range wines.

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** Kanonkop Tasting Room **

From the entrance to the farm, the centuries-old oak trees will guide you to the Kanonkop tasting facility and wine cellar. If it is summer (late January to March), you will have the great pleasure of being exposed to the glorious sights, sounds, and smells of the harvest in progress, something no wine enthusiast should miss!

Harvest time is said to be the soul of Kanonkop, this undoubtedly makes it something ALL wine lovers should get to experience at least once in their lives!

The tasting venue is a modern facility where, besides taking the opportunity to sample and purchase Kanonkop wines, you can also watch a video about growing vines and making wine on the Kanonkop farm.

Portraits remind you of the iconic figures: JW Sauer, Paul Sauer, Mary Krige and Jannie Krige.

There is also a line of bottles of Paul Sauer, ranging from the standard 750 millilitres to the 18-litre Mandelazar (as it is known on Kanonkop). If you are interested in geography and geology, the display showcasing the various types of soil found on the farm is worth examining. The bronze bust of Paul Sauer lends a sense of gravitas to the venue.

Kanonkop also has a gift shop with a selection of clothing, art, and souvenirs available for purchase.

If you want to know much more about the history of Kanonkop Wine Estate, the terroir, and the wines, you may prefer a private tasting.

~ What Kanonkop has to offer ~

  • Generous, down-to-earth family and staff hospitality.
  • A modern tasting facility where you can sample and purchase some of the best red wines South Africa has to offer.
  • Spectacular views of the Simonsberg mountain.
  • Free art gallery entrance and self-guided cellar tour.
  • **Note: Kanonkop does not have a restaurant or offer any wine-and-food pairings.

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  • Kanonkop Wine Tasting & Sales Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00 | Saturday: 09h00 – 15h00 | Public Holidays: 10h00 – 16h00 | CLOSED: Sundays, New Years Day, Good Friday & Christmas Day.
  • Contact details: [email protected] | [email protected] | 021 884 4656 | 084 220 3288
  • **For groups of more than 8, please arrange in advance.
  • **Our tasting facilities and bathrooms are wheelchair friendly.
  • **Click here for Kanonkop’s Cellardoor Wine Prices.
  • **Click here for Kanonkop’s selection of Wine Tasting Options & Fees.
  • **Click here to buy any of Kanonkop’s Wines.

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** Kanonkop Private Tasting **

More and more visitors are knowledgeable and want to take their time to learn more about the farm, the soils, where each variety is grown, and about the winemaking process for each wine. Private wine tastings are conducted in the Kanonkop Art Gallery, which is part of the maturation cellar.

If you are part of a larger group, you’ll be accommodated in a room on the first level of the maturation cellar, affectionately known as “Die Klaskamer” (The Classroom). For the devout wine consumers, Kanonkop offers a classroom style set up directed by their knowledgeable staff who eagerly shares with consumers the subtleties and complexities within the wine.

~ Private Wine Tasting Options ~

  • Available Mondays – Fridays, between 9am – 5pm.
  • Bookings are required and are subject to availability.
  • Hosted in a private room with a dedicated tutor | In-depth information shared.

~ Pinotage Wine Tasting ~

  • Kadette Pinotage Dry Rosé
  • Kadette Cape Blend
  • Kadette Pinotage
  • Kanonkop Pinotage
  • Kanonkop Pinotage – 10 years old
  • Black Label Pinotage – current vintage
  • R400 per person or a flat fee of R3500 for a group of 10 -20 people.
  • Tasting fee not refundable upon purchase of wine.

~ Portfolio Wine Tasting ~

  • 3 Kadette range wines
  • 3 Estate range wines
  • An older vintage of 10 years or older of each of the estate wines
  • Black Label Pinotage – current vintage
  • R600 per person or a flat fee of R5000 for a group of 10 -20 people.
  • Tasting fee not refundable upon purchase of wine.

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** Kanonkop Art Gallery **

Wine and art are both commodities with the same intrinsic values – they share the similarities of enjoyment, pleasure, and investment.

The Kanonkop Art Gallery was established in 2008 to pay tribute to Mary Krige’s love for art. “Tannie Mary”, as she was affectionately known, was the mother of current owners Johann and Paul Krige. The gallery serves as a platform for local artists to display their work.

Hosted in one of Kanonkop’s oak maturation cellars and you are most welcome to visit this venture.

  • Open weekdays from 9am – 5pm & Saturday from 9am – 2pm.
  • Free entrance.

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