Lying amidst the popular Table Mountain and the great Atlantic Ocean Cape town offers an unparalleled combination of mountains, beaches, farmlands and the sea. This Mother City beckons with many acres of sprawling vineyards which form the core of this lively town. Over the years, these vineyards have evolved to cater to varying tastes of tourists and have come up with in-house restaurants and accommodations to provide an unforgettable wine experience. These wine havens can also be visited by helitaxis.
Here Are The 5 Must Visit Wine Estates In Cape Town:
Groot Constantia Wine Estate
Situated on the Constantia Valley among other wine estates, Groot Constantia prides itself on being the oldest wine estate in South Africa and houses an orientation center exhibiting several old pictures and artefacts giving a peek into the history of the wine estate. The winery conducts tours to its cellar where one gets to witness the process of wine making followed by wine tasting sessions which are often paired with some exquisite varieties of chocolates. The wines on offer are Chardonnay, Pinotage, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Gouverneurs Reserve.
Glennely Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Owned by a French lady in her diamond years, the wines from this estate carry a hint of French legacy in the way they are made. Having a few decades of experience in wine making in France, the lady owner who put her heart and soul in bringing life to this ailing estate, adopts both traditional wisdom and modern techniques in creating the most refined tasting wines. Right from the selection of grapes which are picked early when they are just ripe, the natural fermentation process without any use of artificial additives, to the maturation procedure, everything is done meticulously. The centre of attraction is the Glassware collection showcased along with a range of vintage wines throughout the winery. Tours to the bewitching estate and its cellar are available on prior booking.
Fairview Wine Estate
This estate on the Paarl Mountain features an ultra modern winery, a tasting room, cheese factory and a comfy eating place. The farm produces mostly red wines like the Shiraz, Beacon Shiraz, Pinotage Viognier and Cyril back and a few white ones like Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier special late harvest and Riesling. A major part of these wines are sold in America, Sweden and Germany. The tasting room offers a minimum of six wines per session and paired tastings with a some exotic cheeses. The restaurant serves an eclectic fare comprising farm fresh cheeses, salads, freshly baked breads and bistro items like lamb curry with rice, chicken pie and desserts like brownies, cheesecakes and creme brule.
De Grendel Wine Farm
Sitting pretty on the scenic Durbanville hills is De Grendel Wine Estate just a few minutes away from Cape Town. This estate presents magnificent views of the famous Table Mountain. With its own restaurant in the premises, this magical place offers a fine dining experience to its visitors. The food is made to complement the wines made in the estate. This is an ideal place for weekend lunches.
Leopard’s Leap Wine Estate
Located on Francshoek Valley, this family owned farm produces some of the finest affordable wines which are easy on the palate and mitigate well with most foods. The swirling session in the farm’s tasting lounge includes five wines from the Winery’s Lookout Range, Culinaria Collection, Classic Selection and Family collection. The Rotisserie lunches offered by an on-site bistro, comprising juicy meats, salads, roasted veggies and bread is an essential feature of this place. The place also conducts cooking classes making use of fresh farm produce in their recipes. Next to the restaurant, there’s a culinary shop where one can buy branded kitchen accessories and glass wares.