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11 Best Cape Town Wine Tasting Vineyards in South Africa

11 Best Cape Town Wine Tasting Vineyards in South Africa

Do you want to try wine tasting in Cape Town but are unsure where to start? Don’t worry. This post will guide you to some of the best Cape Town wine estates to help you choose the vineyard that is perfect for you.

For wine lovers, visiting South Africa’s Western Cape wine regions is a highlight of a trip to Cape Town.

Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are only a one hour drive from Cape Town Central, so visiting them is one of the best things to do on the Cape Peninsula.

There are hundreds of wineries ranging from historic estates to those with younger and smaller vineyards.

Cape Town wineries have tasting rooms, fine dining restaurants, and even lodgings, with each wine-tasting experience costing approximately £4-£5.

While Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are the most well-known of the Cape Winelands, producing some of South Africa’s most outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, the wineries of Constantia, Paarl, and Somerset West are also worth a visit.

In this post, I highlight eleven of the best wineries in South Africa’s Cape Winelands for you to learn more about the South African wine industry.

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people holding glasses of red wine

Best Time To Visit The Cape Winelands

The summer months of September and early October can be the best time to visit the Cape wineries to avoid the crowds arriving later in the summer. Compared to the city’s heat in summer, the cool climate in the Western Cape is the perfect temperature to enjoy the Cape Winelands to their fullest.

Stellenbosch Wine Farms

The Stellenbosch Wine Route – the largest and oldest in the country – encompass more than 200 wine and grape producers, each showcasing unique wines. 

The town’s architecture highlights its Dutch colonial influence while offering visitors charming shops, restaurants and galleries. 

Options to stay in Stellenbosch range from rural retreats to contemporary in-town guest houses. Wine estates also offer the perfect overnight accommodation to enjoy the wine trail experience without worrying about how to get home.

Stellenbosch Wine-Tasting Tours

 

Lanzerac Winery Estate

The Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is one of the most historic wineries in South Africa’s Cape Winelands.

Established in 1692, Lanzerac is only a few years younger than the city of Stellenbosch itself! Nowadays, it’s one of the most beloved wine estates in South Africa, and for a good reason.

Pinotage fans will be thrilled to discover that Lanzerac was the first winery to start bottling the smoky red wine in 1959.

A highlight of any visit to the Lanzerac Wine Estate is sampling their famous Pinotage during a wine-tasting experience in their luxuriously decorated tasting room.

A tasting experience includes a sample of five of your choice from their premium wines – you can even opt for a Belgian chocolate and wine pairing if you want to make the experience even more special!

The estate is best visited as part of a full-day Stellenbosch wine tour to guarantee a place in the tasting room. Tour groups often also get a chance to tour the Lanzerac wine cellars.

If you’d prefer to visit Lanzerac independently, don’t worry –  even if the tasting room is busy, Lanzerac has a restaurant that welcomes visitors to sample the wines.

As if its delicious wines weren’t enough, Lanzerac’s grounds are the definition of picture-perfect. With vineyards stretching into the horizon surrounded by the dramatic Simonsberg mountains, Lanzerac is a dream come true for wine lovers!

Extend your visit with an overnight stay near the Lanzerac Hotel and Spa.

White house at the end of long drive with lawn on both sides

Hidden Valley Winery Estate

During a trip to South Africa, I visited the Hidden Valley Winery and was amazed by its beauty and charm.

Located almost an hour from Cape Town, this state-of-the-art winery is perfect for wine tasting, enjoying a picnic, walking among the beautiful sculpture garden or lunch in the Overture Restaurant.

Famous for its Shiraz, this 40-hectare farm has several varietals you can try or take home to enjoy later.

I recommend having a bite at The Deck, one of the restaurants on the estate. The Deck is a self-service restaurant, ideal if you are travelling with kids or don’t have the time or budget to enjoy a 5-course meal in the main restaurant.

The Deck’s appeal is its location, in front of a lake, surrounded by sculptures and nature, which is lovely.

The Hidden Valley art trail is the big difference between this winery and others in the area. All around the gardens, you can find different sculptures that you’ll also see on the wine labels.

There are also a few lake-side paths to hike and explore the farm. A big bonus would be the blankets close to the lake, an ideal spot if you brought a picnic lunch.

If you want a different experience in the Cape Winelands, Hidden Valley Wines is the place to visit.

Face Sculpture lying in bed of flowers

Spier Winery Estate

One of the best wine country vacations is Stellenbosch, just a 35-minute drive from Cape Town.

Spier Wine Farm is one of our favourite wineries because it’s a complete destination. While the winery is the main focus, the farm is the type of place where you can spend the whole day.

Along with some of the best wine tasting Cape Town has to offer, they also have eagle encounters, guided walks, a Segway vineyard tour, farm shops, a café, and an artisan craft market.

For wine tasting, they offer a 3-wine tasting of their Signature range, a chocolate and wine tasting flight, and a Winemakers Selection tasting with some of their premium South African wines.

Tastings take about 45 minutes, and you can sit anywhere inside or out. After the tasting, you can head to the café for lunch or a picnic on the sprawling grounds.

Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, with a history dating back to 1692.

You can see it in the architecture of the buildings, which the family has artfully restored. Spier is also home to one of the largest South African art collections, which you will see displayed throughout the farm.

You can stay in one of the tastefully decorated rooms at the Spier Wine Farm Hotel to immerse yourself in the whole vineyard experience.

Rows of vines

Delaire Graff Winery Estate

When we planned our wineries in Stellenbosch while spending a week in Cape Town, we knew we wanted to visit Delaire Graff, and as we drove up the drive, weaving through the vines, I knew we would not be disappointed. The entire estate is stunning; you see that before exiting your car.

We visited while staying in the wine country, but it’s completely doable as a day trip from Cape Town is only 45 minutes away by car. Make an entire day of it by visiting one of the best wine farms in Cape Town.

The Delaire Graff Estate offers a complete experience, from visiting their wine-tasting room (as we did) to staying overnight in their luxurious Relais & Chateaux lodge.

The infinity pool and spa are temptations enough to return. The gourmet dining on the property features freshly picked ingredients daily.

We visited for a wine tasting, which was very affordable for all budgets.

Their award-winning wines feature Bordeaux and Chardonnay varietals. Choose a tasting of 3, 4 or 5 varietals starting at just 75 ZAR per person.

Request seating on their patio to enjoy the gorgeous views of the mountains beyond and the vineyard below.

If you have time to dedicate the day to Delaire Graff, start the morning with a wine tasting on the patio before moving inside for lunch.

If you are making a day of it, continue to one of the many other stunning Stellenbosch vineyards in the Cape Winelands.

Rows of vines with backdrop of table mountains
photo credit – Sol Salute

Other wineries in Stellenbosch

L’Avenir – stay in a luxurious four-star lodge on this wine farm.

House of JC le Roux – established in 1982, this winery produces some of the best South African sparkling wines.

Delheim – the highlight of a visit to this winery is the cellar door. Enjoy wine and fynbos cupcakes, cheese fondue and wine pairings with charcuterie boards.

Jordan – a relative newcomer, Jordan wine estate was only established in 1993 but offers some of the area’s best food, wine and lodgings.

If you don’t have your own transport, then a Cape Wineland Tour is a good idea.

Franschhoek Wineries

Franschhoek is South Africa’s top wine destination and one of the oldest towns in the country.

Famous for having some of the best vineyards in Cape Town, it is also a gastronomy haven catering to discerning palates in some of South Africa’s best restaurants. 

Surrounded by stunning scenery, it offers boutique luxury accommodations and cosy B&Bs. 

Franschhoek Wine-Tasting Tours

Boschendal Winery Estate

Even amongst the many great wineries of the Franschhoek Valley, one hour from Cape Town, Boschendal represents a striking example of grandeur and heritage.

Dating back to 1685, Boschendal, meaning wood or valley, is South Africa’s second-oldest winery. The mature, lush gardens and grand manor buildings reflect its history and dignity and lie in the shadow of the Groot Drakenstein mountains.

Its 250 hectares of vineyards are particularly famed for high-quality white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Tastings of such varieties are available via the famous Franschhoek Wine Tram or their separate ‘historical’ and ‘connoisseur’ wine tastings.

Plump for one of these more expensive options and be hosted in the elegant Manor House erected in 1812.

As delightful as the wine and its setting, Boschendal offers so much more.

Utilising the freshest products grown on its farm, Boschendal boasts a deli housed in an old wagon house with additional outdoor seating under grand old oaks.

For a more formal get-together, you can try the Werf Restaurant, voted one of South Africa’s Top 30 restaurants.

Want to replicate such delectable meals at home? If so, you’re also catered to by their farm shop and butchery. For the more curious, Boschendal offers tours of the farm, vineyards and cellar.

Those wanting to continue to enjoy such an idyllic setting overlooked by the verdant hillsides and mountains, visit the Friday night market.

Attracting craft and food stalls with local wine and live music makes for a beautiful celebration of Boschendal’s incredible environment.

With so much on offer, you’ll never want to leave. It’s just as well that this Cape Town winery has some beautifully furnished cottages for overnight stays!

White house at the foot of a mountains and surrounded by garden

Babylonstoren Winery Estate

Babylonstoren in Franschhoek, on the borders of Paarl, is a winery, farm and restaurant popular with South Africans and visitors alike. The winery is just 40 minutes from Cape Town.

Their wine is good, but the opportunity to tour their massive farm and sample some delicious meals at their on-site restaurant stood out in our minds! The menus are constantly changing to keep up with what’s in season.

Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the Cape Winelands, dating back to 1692. You can sample their wines and learn about their wine farm’s colourful history at the Tasting Room.

Visitors are welcome to take a Cellar and Olive Press Tour, which leaves the Tasting Room every hour on the hour and includes a tasting of six wines.

There are 13 different grape varieties produced on-site, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producing some of the most distinguished wines of South Africa.

If you want something more interactive, we will encourage you to participate in one of the workshops. They primarily focus on cooking with fresh produce from their vegetable garden, offering a unique winery experience.

platter of breads and cheeses with wine

For the complete winery experience, stay overnight at Babylonstoren Wine Estate.

Other wineries in Franschhoek

Haute Cabriere  –  A winery with a rich and fascinating history dating back to 1694 when French Huguenot Pierre Jordan was given land in Franschhoek.

Franschhoek Tram – Hop on and off this wine tram tour, taking you around eight different stops. You can spend as much time as you want to at each one.

Constantia Wineries

Constantia is the oldest area in the Winelands region, with a wine route dating back to 1685.

It is home to gorgeous vineyards just 20 minutes from the city centre.

Constantia boasts ten award-winning wine estates, allowing you to immerse yourself in one of the unique tasting experiences fully.

Constantia Wine Route Video

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Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia is a charming winery boasting a rich history that spans over three centuries. Arriving at Groot Constantia wine farm is like stepping back in time.

Established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the Cape Colony, this winery holds the prestigious title of South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm. The beautifully preserved Cape Dutch manor houses exude charm and elegance while reflecting a rich cultural heritage.

The Groot Constantia – Grand Constance brand is South Africa’s oldest wine and was drunk by Napolean Bonaparte until he died in 1821. It is an important part of the world’s wine heritage.

With its lush vineyards stretching across a valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain, this beautiful estate is the perfect place for an enchanting wine-tasting adventure.

After indulging your senses with crisp whites to robust reds, enjoy a fabulous dining experience at Simon’s Restaurant within Groot Constantia Winery.

Surrounded by breathtaking views, this culinary gem serves a delightful fusion of traditional and contemporary dishes. From locally inspired delicacies to international flavours, every bite is lovingly made and paired perfectly with Groot Constantia wines.

Beau Constantia

Beau Constantia is a boutique wine farm overlooking False Bay in Cape Town’s oldest wine region.

As you step onto the picturesque estate of Beau Constantia Winery, prepare to be mesmerized by its awe-inspiring surroundings.

Lush green vineyards sprawl across rolling hills, perfectly complemented by panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain. The pristine natural landscape creates an idyllic atmosphere that instantly transports you into a tranquil haven.

Beau Constantia is renowned for producing exceptional wines that showcase the unique terroir of their vineyards.

From classic Sauvignon Blanc to velvety red blends, each bottle boasts distinct flavours that reflect the winemaker’s dedication to quality craftsmanship.

Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey as you indulge in guided tastings or savour a glass while enjoying sweeping vistas from their stylish tasting room.

While the excellent wine takes centre stage at Beau Constantia, there’s more to explore beyond tastings, including their delectable restaurant, The Chef’s Warehouse, where the finest ingredients are masterfully used to create mouthwatering dishes.

aerial view of Beau Constantia winery in South Africa
Image copyright Beau Constantia

Somerset West Wineries

Somerset West and the Helderberg Wine Route offer some of the best wineries in Cape Town, top-notch restaurants, golf estates, and outdoor adventure pursuits. A drive time of between 30 and 60 minutes makes it a great place to add to your Cape Town itinerary. 

Somerset West is a charming town, so set aside a few days to explore this beautiful area more deeply.

 

Vergelegen Winery Estate

Vergelegen wine estate has produced top-quality wines in South Africa for over 300 years.

Named the best wine estate in South Africa and ranked in the world’s top 50 wine estates. And even though it’s not in the more popular Cape Winelands, it is worth a detour.

Vergelegen is located around 50 km east of Cape Town in Somerset West. It produces many award-winning wines but is noted for its Bordeaux varieties.

Vergelegen has twice won the highly coveted Pichon Longueville Trophy for Best Red Blend in the International Wine Challenge.

As well as being a big name in wine in South Africa, it offers a great visitor experience.

It’s home to one of the most beautiful Cape Dutch buildings in South Africa, and the gardens are just stunning. It is one of South Africa’s most important heritage sites.

While a highlight for adults is the cellar tour and tastings, we love this wine estate because it is a lovely place to visit with kids.

There are playgrounds for the kids and family-friendly restaurants, but they also offer one of the best wine estate picnics in South Africa.

The picnics consist of the most delectable items packed in a cute picnic basket, accompanied by one of the estate’s fine wines, and taken in an ancient and enchanted camphor forest. It’s one of the most magical food experiences you will have in South Africa and the best way to enjoy good wine and good company.

House at the end of long path with tended gardens on both sides
photo credit – Flashpacking Family

Other wineries in Somerset West

Waterkloof – wine tastings take place in a large glass building with spectacular views of the mountains.

Lourensford –  Discover the private Vinfari experience, which takes you on a journey of winemaking discovery, travelling through Lourensford’s unique vineyard sites.

Paarl Wineries

A visit to Paarl, the third-oldest city in South Africa and the largest town in the Cape Winelands, will be a fabulous experience.

Paarl is steeped in history, noticeable in its heritage buildings, and many have been transformed into lodgings. It produces some of Cape Town’s best wines, from Merlot and Shiraz to Grenache and Viognier; whatever your preference, there’s a bottle to suit all palates.

Fairview

Fairview was established in 1863, and with its stunning vineyards, warm hospitality, and world-class wine, this family-owned winery is a must-visit destination for wine connoisseurs and leisure seekers alike.

Join one of Fairview’s expert-led wine tastings and taste a wide range of varietals during your visit.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced enthusiast, their knowledgeable team will guide you through the intricacies of each blend with passion and expertise. Sample their renowned Chenin Blanc or indulge in the bold flavours of their Shiraz; each glass promises to transport your taste buds to new heights.

Food lovers are also in for a treat at Fairview. Indulge in delectable farm-to-table experiences at The Goatshed Restaurant.

Savour artisanal cheeses, freshly baked bread, and other locally sourced produce that perfectly complement their different wines. The culinary offerings at Fairview are a testament to the estate’s commitment to sustainable practices and supporting local suppliers.

Aside from the award-winning wines and delectable food at Fairview, one of the main tourist attractions is the ‘Goat Tower’!

As you explore the estate’s lush surroundings, don’t miss out on meeting these playful creatures who call this whimsical tower home. It’s a sight that adds charm to your visit and a unique experience for adults and children alike, perfect for capturing delightful memories.

Fairview has no accommodation onsite; however, Paarl offers excellent bed and breakfast, self-catering, luxury hotel and guest house accommodation options for travellers looking for a memorable stay in the Cape Winelands.

Check here for pricing and availability for accommodation in Paarl.

bottle of wine with cheese and at Fairview in South Africa
Image copyright Fairview

Hermanus Wineries

The beautiful coastal town of Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of South Africa, is also a location to try out some new wines.

Not usually classed as part of the Cape Winelands, this area still offers many wineries.

Hermanus is a great place to stop if you are heading for a road trip along the Garden Route or to Gansbaai for great white shark cage diving.

 

Ataraxia Wines

We have often visited the gorgeous seaside town of Hermanus during the December summer holidays.

Still, we have only recently discovered the incredible Hemel-en-Aarde wine region, located around half an hour from Hermanus (approximately one and a half hours from Cape Town), making it one of the best wine farms near Cape Town.

Amongst a myriad of wine estates is the stunning Ataraxia wines, one of our absolute favourites in this region and well worth visiting.

This boutique winery in Cape Town was established in 2004 when a husband and wife and a couple of their friends purchased the Skyfields Farm and founded Ataraxia Wines.

At the tasting room, located in what looks like a hilltop church overlooking the valley down below, you can sample the four wine varieties produced at Araxia.

These include their Sauvignon Blanc, the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and their Ataraxia Serenity (a red blend), which is not only award-winning but also served in prestigious restaurants worldwide.

During the tasting, you will be expertly guided through the winery’s history, finest wines, and philosophy.

After all, Ataraxia means “a serene state of mind, free from worry and preoccupation” in Greek. And that is precisely how you will feel after a visit to this gem of a winery!

White buildings
photo credit – Travel Boo

Other wineries in Hermanus

Creation Wines -the tastings include canape wine and food pairings, secret wine and food pairings, and a 10 AM brunch pairing.

Whalehaven – experience the Cape Winelands and vineyards with a trip on one of the unique HOP-ON HOP-OFF wine safari hoppers.

Final thoughts on visiting the Capelands wineries

Not only does South Africa produce some of the best wine in the world, but the Cape Town wine farms are in some spectacular spots, offering some of the best views you could ever imagine.

You can visit the wineries independently or on some of the best South Africa group tours, providing travellers with well-organized activities during their unique South African experience.

Although you could spend your entire South Africa trip exploring the Cape Winelands, there is so much more to see and do in this beautiful country that you will want to explore further afield. So here’s to your next African adventure!

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Yukti Agrawal

Friday 7th of August 2020

Beautiful post on worth visiting wineries in South Africa. They really look great and all are unique to visit. I loved that huge sculpture in Hidden Valley winery.

Gabby

Saturday 13th of June 2020

While I'm not much of a wine drinker, I had no idea that South Africa was such a wealth of fabulous wineries!

Nadia

Friday 12th of June 2020

Wow what a dream it would be to visit all of these wineries in South Africa!- Especially since I love South African wine so much! One day ill get there!

Kristina Johnson

Friday 12th of June 2020

Wow is it beautiful there! I've always wanted to go to SA, mostly to see the animals, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested in the wine too. :-) Hopefully someday soon...

WhereAngieWanders

Friday 12th of June 2020

It is a beautiful country to visit. I has everything you could wish for 😃

Sue

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Another fab post & made me long to head back to South Africa! I visited Boschendal when I was there & we selected to have a picnic in the gardens which was a truly memorable experience. We got a prepared hamper from the winery & chose which bottle we wanted to accompany it. I would love to return soon & revisit the wine regions. There are some fantastic suggestion here.

WhereAngieWanders

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

I am glad it brought back some happy memories for you Sue. I want to go back again but devote longer to staying around the Cape Winelands as they are so stunning and there are so many amazing wineries to visit.