Time to bring you my list of Western Cape vineyards to visit during your Cape Town/South Africa trip.
The options for wine tastings in the Western Cape are almost endless and the added bonus is the beautiful scenery of the estates. Even if you’re not a big fan of wine, it’s worth visiting some estates, maybe have lunch or a picnic.
I personally think South African wine is really underrated – maybe because the selection in shops in Europe is quite limited. Not that I know much about it but I was really positively surprised by some of the excellent wine I tasted.
This is a list of my favourite wine tasting experiences in the Western Cape.
Vineyards in Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
My absolute number one not just in terms of the selection and taste of their wine but mostly because of the location and atmosphere: Delaire Graff. It’s beautifully nestled in between mountains and vineyards in Stellenbosch with a pretty garden and a charming building. Unfortunately, it was raining when we visited but luckily we managed to grab the best table in their lounge right in front of the fireplace.
You have different options for your wine tasting and can also order snacks. Having a sit down meal in their restaurant in- or outside must also be lovely. They’re a hotel as well if you fancy spending the night.
We went on a family outing to La Motte where we enjoyed the Current Vintage Tasting experience. The estate is located in Franschhoek and it’s beautiful there. I encourage you to stroll through the vineyard after the tasting and enjoy the atmosphere.
For the wine tasting, the opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and they offer a variety of tastings. The Current Vintage Tasting costs R60 per person and for an extra R30 you can go on a cellar tour but reservations for the tour are essential.
What a lovely place! Boschendal is a Franschhoek winery that not only offers wine tastings and tours. They also have an amazing garden where they offer picnics and you can book to stay in one of their cottages as well. It’s a very scenic place and I can only highly recommend you go for a picnic there.
They offer different wine tasting starting at R110pp as well as vineyard (R120pp) and cellar tours (R60pp). For the picnic you have two options: The Rose Garden picnic costs R520 per basket for two and the Werf Farm picnic is R460 per basket for two. Booking is essential.
I would say Alto is also worth a visit. It’s located in Stellenbosch and is South Africa’s oldest red wine estate. Their Standard Wine Tasting includes 4 wines and costs R40 per person but they have three other options as well. The most expensive being the Premium Tasting which has you taste all 6 wines for R80pp. I also recommend you get the cheese board here (R120/board).
Vineyards in Constantia
Klein Constantia was one of the more popular and thus slightly busier wine estates we visited. Probably because of its history: It’s believed that Napoleon refused anything but a glass of Constantia wine on his deathbed and Jane Austen writes about “its healing powers on a disappointed heart” in Sense & Sensibility. Some historic bottles are displayed in the foyer.
Their classic tasting includes five wines for R100pp while the most expensive option costs R500 for 3 older wines from their wine library. You can also book a vineyard (R500pp) or cellar tour (R200pp).
Our very first stop took us to Silvermist, an Organic Wine Estate located at the top of the Constantia Valley. It’s a fairly new estate but very charming and the wines were all delicious – we bought three bottles each (ooops). They also have a lovely little cafe – the cakes looked absolutely delicious!
The tasting took place partly in their tasting room, where we were also told about the estate and the wines, and partly in the cafe. During good weather you can also sit outside. Make sure to check their opening times on the website as they vary throughout the season and they’re closed on some days.
Groot Constantia is the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa – probably the reason why it was also by far the biggest and busiest estate we visited. I would say it was probably my least favourite in terms of atmosphere. We went for the standard tasting which included 5 wines for R60pp but you can also book numerous other tours.
And that’s it, my favourite vineyards and wine tasting from Constantia to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek… I hope you enjoy your vineyard tour!