Western Cape, Winelands and In and Around Cape Town
South Africa has over a score of recognized wine routes extending to the Karoo and way into the Northern Cape, but the area known as the Cape Winelands is restricted to the oldest wineries outside the Cape Peninsula, within a 60km radius of Cape Town. The district contains the earliest European settlements at Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Somerset West, each with its own wine route, on which you travel from one estate to the next to taste the wines. On the hillsides and in the valleys around these towns you’ll find a flawless blending of traditional Cape Dutch architecture with the landscape. The most satisfying of the Winelands towns is Stellenbosch, which enjoys an easy elegance, beautiful streetscapes, a couple of decent museums and plenty of visitor facilities. One of the region’s scenic highlights is the drive along the R310 through the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Paarl, the workaday farming town of the region. Smallest of the Winelands towns, with a rural yet sophisticated feel, Franschhoek has the most magnificent setting at the head of a narrow valley, and has established itself as the culinary capital of the country. The major draw of the sprawling town of Somerset West is Vergelegen, by far the most stunning of all the Winelands estates.
ALTYDGEDACHT ESTATE, DURBANVILLE
Established in 1698, Altydgedacht Estate is a family farm where long standing traditions and modern methods blend to create wines of quality and character. Altydgedacht is one of the historic farms established on the fertile slopes of the Tygerberg and has been in the Parker family since 1852. Altydgedacht’s white cultivars produced are Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Hanepoot, Sauvignon Blanc, Weisser Reisling, S.A. Riesling and Viognier. The red cultivars are Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage. Viognier and Cabernet Franc are the most recent cultivars to be introduced. Eat at Altydgedacht is a rustic day-time eatery, open for breakfast and lunch. Experience the farm, sitting under the trees or inside the 300 year old building in the barrel room. Groups can sample our platters while indulging in our award winning wine, at close to cellar-door-price. Taste our home-made meals, like our signature dish, Chicken Pot Pie. A seasonal menu is available with hearty meals to pair with Altydgedacht’s range of great wine.
ALTO WINE ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH
The Estate’s sound reputation for producing world-class red wines can be ascribed, in part, to its excellent terroir. It is no coincidence that the area is known, locally, as the Golden Triangle. Our history dates back to 1693, when it formed part of the larger Groenrivier farm granted by Simon van der Stel. Today, our wines are crafted by celebrated winemaker, Schalk van der Westhuizen whose devotion to his craft is ever present. For the inquisitive, our guests are free to take a stroll through the impressive barrel cellar. Known for our impressive collection of classically-styled reds, Alto Wine Estate now offers a delicious combination of our wines teamed up with home-made patés. Three wines are presented with three patés served on artisanal 100% rye bread made in the area. The ideal spot for an after-work drink or weekend sundowner, visit Alto Wine Estate for red wine sundowners, served with freshly baked white bread, dukkah, pesto and extra virgin olive oil. The Estate’s sound reputation for producing world-class red wines can be ascribed, in part, to its excellent terroir. It is no coincidence that the area is known, locally, as the Golden Triangle.
At Arabella we have a very simple objective: we endeavour to make the best wine possible. Achieving this goal is our passion. The name Arabella was chosen as a word play on the beautiful Arabian horses, which grace its verdant pastures. Stephen de Wet and son Jamie are both very keen endurance riders. Jamie received his national colours in 2004. Arabella is a complete family business in which every family member is passionately involved. At present we have about 200 hectares of vineyards. Our main varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay. Arabella is a new venture established on land which has been in the De Wet family since the 1860’s. As the vineyards had been etablished many years previously, it was assured that top quality wines would be produced at Arabella. A new cellar, bottling hall and tasting room was built at the beginning of 2006 and the first vinatge from the cellar was produced in 2007. Arabella got off to an auspicious start when the Arabella Shiraz 2007 won a double gold at the Michelangelo International Wine Challenge. It is the family’s desire to establish the Arabella brand by giving our customers the very best quality at the very best price possible. But just good quality is not enough – we want our customers to have a special experience when drinking Arabella wines.
AVONDALE BIO-LOGIC AND ORGANIC WINES, PAARL
At Avondale we’re getting back to nature – but we are using 21st century science, technology and research in the process. It started a few years ago when we made a simple choice: because wine is a natural (and delicious) product, producing it shouldn’t harm the environment in any way.
Avondale wines have less than half the norm of CO² or sulfate levels. This is the way we prefer to make our wines, and it is possible by cellaring our balanced grapes, and fermenting only healthy grapes in a clean cellar. At Avondale we are use our Bio-Logic farming practices. In growing our grapes and making our wines we do everything in the most environmentally friendly way and we believe that this approach leads to wines of elegance and balance that Mother Earth would approve of. Our personal attention and specialist service ensure that our wine tastings are a unique and memorable occasion. We offer free tastings of our seven hand-crafted, classic wines, known as ‘Avondale’s Magnificent Collection’.
BACKSBERG ESTATE, PAARL
Simply put, if you find our wines easy to drink and, above all, enjoyable, then we have been successful. The philosophy of Backsberg remains that of providing pleasure and enjoyment to a broad range of wine lovers by producing wines not only with structure and finesse, but with a high level of drinkability. As an Estate we are able to initiate and follow this whole process from the growing of the young vine till the bottling of our finished product. We furthermore believe that our wines should be priced to reach the tables of as many wine drinkers as possible so that all can share in some of the magic that is Backsberg.
GRAHAM BECK WINES, ROBERTSON
Situated in the breathtaking Robertson Wine Valley (located a mere 140km from Cape Town in South Africa's spectacular Western Cape Winelands), Graham Beck focuses on minimal intervention, allowing the authentic essence of the fruit and terroir to shine through. The unique climate of the region, combined with the rich limestone soils, produce wines which have become popular across the globe for their authenticity, versatility and elegance. At their state-of-the-art Cap Classique cellar the team crafts a range of internationally acclaimed Méthode Champenoise style wines, widely regarded as benchmarks in the industry. A golden thread runs through Graham Beck Wines; the pursuit of excellence. Passionate innovation, unstinting refinement and the utmost dedication to raising the bar in terms of quality, consistency and widespread appeal; this is what inspires and defines Graham Beck Wines. A welcoming atmosphere, professional approach and passion for hospitality ensure a rewarding cellar door experience.
BELLINGHAM WINERY, FRANSCHHOEK
With a history firmly rooted in the winelands of the Cape, the first vines were planted in the virgin soil of the beautiful Franschhoek valley more than 350 years ago. Since then, generations of Bellingham winemakers have toiled the earth, nurtured the vines and carefully crafted wines of great diversity and character. The Bellingham tradition has always boldly pioneered new trends to stay at the cutting-edge of crafting fine wines, yet we have always remained true to the call for stylish, accessible and well-balanced wines which proudly reflect the distinctive character of each varietal and our Cape terroir. The result is a delightfully diverse range. Exciting. Modern. Lively. Sophisticated without pretence and New World-ish with a charisma that prevails as classic earning Bellingham wines world-class status. It’s no secret that the label is one of South Africa’s best known wines in global markets while remaining a favourite at home. Wine sales at La Cotte Inn in Franschhoek
In 1988 one of the Cape’s most foremost wine makers, Beyers Truter of Kanonkop Estate, formed a partnership with four ardent wine lovers in Johannesburg with one ideal in mind: to produce a wine of exceptional character. In 1988 one of the Cape’s most foremost wine makers, Beyers Truter of Kanonkop Estate, formed a partnership with four ardent wine lovers in Johannesburg with one ideal in mind: to produce a wine of exceptional character. Our philosophy is to give a truthful expression of the God given talents we received and doing everything in our ability to offer a memorable, world-class wine experience to all in order to be the South African winery of choice. The farm’s original name was Nooitgedacht, which for five generations belonged to the Beyers family before Jan Andries Beyers sold it in 1895. Beyers Truter is a direct descendent of Jan Beyers, thus making him the sixth generation to farm this land. The Red Leaf restaurant Beyers Truter at Beyerskloof Wine estate offers one of most memorable culinary experiences in Stellenbosch. Here one can enjoy the calm and serene views across rolling Boland vineyards whilst enjoy great food and superior wines. Our signature dish “the Pinotage Burger” is known throughout and nothing beats the comfortable look and feel of this family style restaurant
BLAAUWKLIPPEN ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH
The Winemaker can only complete what nature has started. As of 2004, we only make use of natural yeast, as grown on the vine. This philosophy of minimal interference in the cellar is also applied to the handling of the wine, where gravity is used rather than pumps. Wine making at Blaauwklippen is treated with respect and handled with discipline. This is because here, wine making is not a job, it’s a passion and we surround ourselves with people who feel the same way. We are a proud farm – proud of our heritage, our products and our people. And we believe the pride shows in the quality of our wines. Our skilled advisors will guide you through your tasting. Formal wine tastings can be conducted in various languages, and our Tasting Room can accommodate 80 guests at a time. Feel free to choose five of our delicious wines to sample. Informal wine tasting can be enjoyed inside or outside, with playground facilities available for the children. Enjoy a picnic on our beautiful estate. For families or couples seeking some peace and solitude in beautiful surroundings, a picnic on the Blaauwklippen estate is an absolute must. Our chefs will prepare a delicious selection of fresh and wholesome fare for you to enjoy at your leisure, but kindly book at least 24hrs in advance to avoid disappointment.
BOLAND KELDER, PAARL
Boland Cellar has evolved into a truly dynamic and progressive cellar, and has progressed from being a supplier of bulk wine to large wholesalers, to a purveyor of fine wines competing on the global market under its own brand names. Over the past eight years, the wines from Boland Cellar have proved beyond doubt that it is able to compete successfully on the International stage. Our philosophy is based on the fact that quality starts in the vineyard, is maintained and enhanced in the cellar, sealed into the bottle and owed to the consumer. This ensures that ‘quality’ is not just an empty term used purely for marketing purposes, but rather a true reflection of the efforts of all the stakeholders in Boland Cellar.
BOSCHENDAL WINERY, FRANSCHHOEK
Visit one of the oldest wine producers in the New World with a French viticultural heritage dating back to 1685. Discover the secrets of the Boschendal Winery. Experience what has made Boschendal, South Africa’s most awarded wine estate of 2004 and learn how our winemaking tradition continues to produce wine with new world elegance and a finesse coupled with old world charm. Discover Boschendal’s Wide Range of exquisite wines by visiting the Wine Tasting Centre, Exhibition Vineyard and Cellar. Wine Tasting Centre – Oldest building on the property, taste and buy wines under the shade of the huge oak tree. Exhibition Vineyard – Experience how the Boschendal vineyard operates, all in one place. The Cellar – Explore Boschendal’s State of the art cellar.
CHAMONIX WINE FARM, FRANSCHHOEK
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm is situated on the eastern mountain slopes of the fertile Franschoek Valley to the north of Cape Town. Cape Chamonix Wine Farm produces a range of premium wines that capture the essence and splendour of the estate. Chamonix also produces export fruit, and a superior German-style schnapps. A range of flavoured spring waters and a variety of bar mixers is bottled from the spring deep within the mountains on the farm. Chamonix has in the past decade become synonymous with Chardonnay. Other award-winning wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
We welcome visitors throughout the year to come and taste our wines in our famous “Downstairs” cellar. It is one of the few farms where you can sit and relax, while enjoying a wide selection of wines. For those who like their wines aged, we have the “Collectors Corner” where you can browse at your own leisure, or admire our spider web covered windows which has become a legend of its own. Visit the heart of Delheim with a guided tour through its cellar. The tour will take you from where the grapes are received and processed, to where the end product is bottled and labeled a real learning experience for both young and old.
DURBANVILL HILLS, DURBANVILLE
The unique location of Durbanville Hills’ cellar a mere 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, offers not only a spectacular view of Table Mountain and Table Bay, but also an extraordinary terroir that stabilises temperatures and eliminates extremes of heat and cold. Although the Durbanville area is renowned for its SAUVIGNON BLANC that excels under the cool conditions where it is grown mostly on the cool south facing slopes, the range of RED WINES also benefit from the warmer valley outskirts and opposing northern slopes. In the late 1990s seven grape farmers and DISTELL agreed to build a cellar as part of a joint venture to make their own wine. Since the first vintage in 1999, there are nine member farms, all located near the cellar. The member farms are Klein Roosboom (the site of the fresh-water spring that prompted the first farmers to settle in the area), Ongegund, Hillcrest, Maastricht, Morgenster, Bloemendal and Hooggelegen. Another two producers from the farms Welbeloond and De Grendel recently joined the cellar.
EIKENDAL VINEYARDS, STELLENBOSCH
Eikendal cellar with its distinctive barrel-vaulted cellar and towering fountain is a landmark on the R44 road between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. Eikendal’s innovative winemaker Nico Grobler concentrates on classic varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the Flagship Bordeaux-style Eikendal Classique. Numerous awards and accolades from around the world bear testimony to Eikendal’s fine wine heritage. When not wine tasting at our hospitable tasting room, please join us for an al fresco lunch at our restaurant, some fly fishing, vineyard walks, or stay a night in our lodge.
Fairview’s modern winery combines the use of hi-tech equipment with traditional winemaking techniques. Wine lovers are welcome to visit the tasting room, restaurant, cheesery, tranquil gardens or its iconic goat tower. At Fairview we are proud of our offering – a true winelands experience that stays close to what the Fairview brand is all about. Our farm offering is oriented around the enjoyment of excellent quality products in the company of friendly and well informed hosts. In our wine tasting and cheese tasting room, our hosts will guide you through a relaxed tasting of the products made right here on the farm. The Fairview cheese shop stocks our range of goats’ milk and cow’s milk cheeses, as well as a wide range of local relishes and preserves. Our cheesemakers also try out new products in the farm shop, so look out for interesting cheeses.
HAUTE CABRIERE, FRANSCHHOEK
Comprised of two farms, situated on opposite ends of the breathtaking Franschhoek Wine Valley, Cabrière is something extraordinary. A rich history, a whimsical setting, a seductive approach to wine and a magnetic proprietor ensure that it is a decadent affair for any visitor. The core belief that wine is grown not made makes the farm’s ethos incredibly real and intrinsically human. Wine is more than what is in the bottle and it is considered an exceptionally intimate experience. This seductive conviction is intertwined with the farm’s ultimate philosophy that wine is bigger than one, it’s the combination of four factors: Sun, Soil, Vine, Man. In 1989 the new vineyards of Haute Cabriere, lying along the west-facing stoney slopes of the Franschhoek pass, were planted with the world’s most demanding grape: Pinot Noir. It was time to evolve from being a Cap Classique specialist and respond to the challenge of a demanding cultivar. The terroir was ideal; Achim’s enthusiasm boundless. New Burgundian clones, selected for their rich fruit and colour, were densely plated at 10 000 vines a hectare, for a lower yield with high-quality fruit. The grapes show an intensity of flavour, captured in the first Pinot Noir vintages. These are wines that are rich and smooth. Combining intensity with elegance. Unmistakably Haute Cabriere. Exactly 300 years after Cabriere had been granted to Pierre Jourdan, a state-of-the-art cellar was opened at Haute Cabriere, specifically to handle Pinot Noir. Through this experience of Methode Cap Classique, Achim had learned vital lessons about the fragility of a delicate cultivar. These were put into practice in the new cellar to capture terroir, unhindered by clumsy tannins. Sunk into the Franschhoek mountainside, the underground cellar is entirely gravity-fed. Grapes are offloaded through the roof, the berries channelled into fermentation tanks. Fermented juice is collected in barrels of French oak for maturation. All without mechanical manipulation.
HIDDEN VALLEY WINES, STELLENBOSCH
Hidden Valley Wines, nestled against the Stellenbosch Mountains, boasts a magnificent cellar amongst its pristine vineyards. In keeping with a holistic approach to the environment, the farm was developed to its current glory. Although the winery is a state of the art, gravity fed cellar, it is nestled into the side of the slope and intended to blend back into the environment in time. The building materials, namely stone, wood and glass has been purposely selected to present a contemporary, yet functional structure. Vineyards, olive groves, almond orchards and natural vegetation, each, surround the cellar, occupying an integral part of the farm’s ecosystem. Sustainable agriculture is a common theme in every approach both in and outside the cellar, hence the philosophy, “Working with Nature”. Uniquely positioned to produce the best wines, the vineyards are planted on ancient, decomposed granite soils, consisting of Oakleaf and Tukulu profiles. Positioned atop the slopes of the Helderberg, with panoramic views of the vineyards and mountains, Hidden Valley Wines is the ideal wedding & function venue. Photographic opportunities are many, including a spectacular indigenous garden trail, a tree-flanked dam, vineyards and olive groves, a gorgeous barrel cellar, and unique hand-hewn stone wall, and sweeping views of the valley and Table Mountain from the tasting room.
In the amphitheatre of life, the peaks of enjoyment are to be found in the babble of a brook, the whisper of a breeze and the cheer of a warm sun. These are the special qualities that you will find in Lanzerac wines – wines as majestic and celebrated as the estate from which they were borne. Today, the great Lanzerac legacy is cultivated by owner Dr. Christo Wiese and wine maker extraordinaire Wynand Hamman. This includes the honour of producing the world’s first Pinotage and numerous national and international awards and accolades.
A legacy that stands testimony. Truly, from Beauty does come Beauty.
LEOPARD'S LEAP FAMILY VINEYARDS
Welcome to Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, leading wine producer situated in South Africa’s famous Franschhoek Valley. Sourcing grapes from selected vineyards in the Western Cape winelands, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards produces and markets quality wines under the Leopard’s Leap label, aimed at consumers with a preference for affordable, easy-drinking wines, fit for any occasion. As a popular, family-orientated tourist destination, Leopard’s Leap also boasts sociable tasting facilities, a versatile food offering, culinary tutoring and, of course, the charm of a beautiful landscape. Since its inception, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has had a vision of building a truly international brand and, today, Leopard’s Leap wines are exported to more than 40 countries around the world. The Leopard’s Leap brand represents a versatile range that offers excellent quality at affordable prices – wines for enjoyment at any occasion. Situated in South Africa’s prime winelands area, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards boasts comprehensive, modern premises, neighbouring the town of Franschhoek, gourmet capital of South Africa. Alongside its primary role as a wine producer, Leopard’s Leap has developed rapidly as a tourist destination with an attractive offering. Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has a strong commitment to the conservation of the magnificent Cape Mountain Leopard through sponsorship of the Cape Leopard Trust, that seeks to protect this endangered predator from extinction.
The legend of Meerendal’s wine and bread began in 1702. More than 300 years later the mystery lives on through families and friends, who visit its grounds and join in the spirit of superb dining. Cellar master Liza Goodwin coaxes award winning wines from hand tended vineyards. These noble varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir. The Meerendal heritage dates back to 1702 with some of the oldest Pinotage vineyards in South Africa. Today the vineyards yield a wide range of speciality and award winning wines prized for their Meerendal quality and flavour. Visit the Meerendal Wine Estate and experience the flavour of a 300-year-old farm. Awaken your senses. Drink up the hue and viscosity. Know what it takes to make a noble wine and then savour the experience over lunch. The Manor House Restaurant is where our chefs turns Meerendal’s fresh produce into moments of magic, filled with natural flavour and the wonder of outstanding preparation, inspired presentation and a love of cooking. Don’t miss the Deli situated by our cellar door. We specialise in a variety of homemade delicacies including jams made from the grapes grown on the farm, rusks, home made biscuits.
Our picturesque Neethlingshof Wine Estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands is flanked by the Bottelary Hills and Papegaaisberg Mountains. Along with the awe-inspiring manor house, our estate is steeped in history which dates back to 1705 and distinguished by the beautiful avenue of stone pines. The famous kilometre-long avenue of stone pines that leads to the gabled homestead is the most recognisable feature of the Neethlingshof Wine Estate and the central motif of our wine labels. Enjoy an afternoon with a difference! Pop in to our glorious estate and enjoy getting acquainted with our delicious range of Neethlingshof wines. Combining the enduring beauty of the past with a modern and highly functional lay-out, the Neethlingshof Wine Estate is a space in which to relax and allow yourself the time to savour our extensive range and buy the ones that tickle your fancy. If you’d like to spend an afternoon in beautiful Stellenbosch, visit us and delight your taste buds by trying out our range of Neethlingshof wines. Wine tasting is R30 per person which allows you to sample 5 of our delicious varietals. If you’d like to taste wine and add a cellar tour to your itinerary, the cost is R50 per person. As well as sampling our varietals or exploring our cellar, we also offer you the opportunity to enjoy “A Flash Food, Slow Wine pairing”. Our winemaker spends months crafting and nurturing superb wines, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed with bite-sized portions of fast food with a twist! Imagine chicken and cashew noodles served with our Gewürtztraminer or Madagascar pepper burger with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon!
PERDEBERG WINERY, PAARL
Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paardeberg (named after now extinct mountain zebra or quagga that used to roam the mountains) in the warm heart of the Boland in the Cape. In the early 1940s; wine farmers in the Perdeberg region grew dissatisfied with the low prices they were getting for their premium quality grapes. Then an astute farmer named Jan Rossouw suggested they begin producing their own wine and Perdeberg Winery was born! We pressed our first grapes manually in 1942 and while we have come a long way in terms of technology, we are still renowned for our hands-on approach!
RHEBOKSKLOOF WINES, PAARL
The estate is surrounded by rolling lawns, vineyards and lakes, and boasts some original Cape Dutch architecture. No wonder then that Rhebokskloof is described as being one of the Cape winelands’ most beautiful Estates. The Estate is renowned for its top quality wines, which you can sample in a magnificent trompe l’oeil decorated tasting room adjoining the main maturation cellar. A wide range of wines is currently produced on the estate but under the expertise of our new, winemaker Rolanie Lotz, it is planned to reduce the current wine range to focus on producing a smaller, more select group, of wines.
ROBERTSON WINERY, ROBERTSON
In 1941, Giepie Rossouw and Alwyn Bruwer convinced a number of other Robertson Valley growers to form a winery in which all families would own a share. Naming their winery after Scottish minister Dr William Robertson who settled in the area in 1822. Families purchased an abandoned missionary church built in the late 1880s to house their new winery. Pon van Zyl served as Robertson Winery's first winemaker and took Robertson from its humble beginnings to being the third largest winery in South Africa. In 1984, van Zyl handed the reins over to Bowen Botha, under whose guidance Robertson Winery has become a global brand, recognized for the quality and value of its wines.
ROOIBERG WINERY, ROBERTSON
Rooiberg Winery is the gateway to the Robertson Wine Valley and when driving on the R60 it will announce its presence in a way that you may never have seen before, it is called land art. Come and take your photo on Africa's Largest Red Chair.
Visit our tasting room for our award-winning wines
- Freshly baked pastries and breads await you at the popular bakery and restaurant - Bodega de Vinho
- The quaint farm stall is bursting with jams, preserves and local arts and crafts
- Play area for the kids with a scenic picnic area
RUPERT AND DE ROTHSCHILD VIGNERONS, FRANSCHHOEK
Rupert & de Rothschild Vignerons is a partnership in wine production on the historic French Huguenot farm Fredericksburg, between the Rupert family of South Africa and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild son of the late Baron Edmond de Rothschild of France. The farm was founded in 1690, more than three centuries ago, by the brothers Jean and Daniel Nortier (Nortje). Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons wines are made from selected vineyard sites. Replanting of the vineyards started in the mid 80’s. A diversity of clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay were planted on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains. Different slopes, soil types, rootstocks and clones play an important role in the complexity of the wine. The choice of rootstock was made according to the soil-types which are predominantly duplex and clovelly. These are well-drained and have significant water retention capacity. Only supplementary irrigation is applied during very dry years. Fredericksburg vineyards occupy the north-westerly slopes of the Simonsberg mountains. Adequate sunshine – and thus ripening, is generally not a problem. Rain falls mainly during winter from April to September and the annual rainfall is 650mm. The average temperature is 19 – 21C, and frost is minimal. The influence of two great oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, produces strong winds in the form of “berg” winds from the northern interior and south-easterly winds. These winds moderate extreme temperatures; they also dry the vines after rain, which helps reduce rot and minimize pest infection.
RUST EN VREDE, STELLENBOSCH
For 315 years Rust en Vrede has stood peacefully among the vineyards of Stellenbosch. Through centuries there were periods when wine was produced, but for the last 32 years our family have specialized in producing only red wine with the focus on Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. Many accolades have been bestowed upon the estate and some of the more memorable were when Rust en Vrede was chosen by President Nelson Mandela to be served at the Nobel Peace Prize dinner. Rust en Vrede was nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World and repeated this achieved for four consecutive years. We have selected the right team and together we built from there, to create the finest dining experience at a world-class venue. By the time the doors opened we had selected the purveyors to provide the freshest ingredients and have personally selected the wines to compliment the menu. The original cellar, a National Monument, has been converted and our kitchen is placed “front and centre”, thus creating an ambiance that is relaxed but vibey. We also have a proprietor/winemaker table in a private area between or cellars which can accommodate a maximum of 8 people. We take pride in the fact that time was taken with well known potter, David Walters, to create the crockery, handcrafted Riedel stemware was selected and Laguiole knives purchased, to give you an experience you won’t soon forget.
“It was in 1692 that Spier’s first owner, a German settler by the name of Arnout Janz, took possession of the land in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He soon realised the potential for winegrowing and set out to plant the first vines. In 1712 the first grapes were pressed on the farm and today one of the Cape’s oldest wine cellar buildings, dated 1767, still takes pride of place on the estate. Winemaking is an art. The signature wines of Spier, distinctive in their individuality and expression, are hallmarked by a strong heritage, dating back to the plantings of the first vineyards.
The Four Spiers range is produced at the Spier Cellars, which was completed in 1996. Enjoy a wonderful day on the Spier Estate, with lunches and dinners available at the Jonkershuis and Taphuis restaurants. Pack your own picnic basket with an array of wines and delicacies available from the farm stall. Summers are spent relaxing in the sun at the lakeside, while the children go for pony rides. In winter you can cuddle up in the warmly decorated pub. The wine boutique offers all the best local wines, as well as wines from all over the world.
STELLENBOSCH HILLS, STELLENBOSCH
Stellenbosch Hills is an established player on the South African wine scene, celebrating 65 years of winemaking excellence in 2010. Distinction through diversity – that is what we strive for. Both our red and white wines express the uniqueness of our natural surroundings, which include some of the oldest agricultural soils in the world. Bring your family and friends and visit our stylish and modern cellar door to experience true South African wine land hospitality, in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine route. Biltong and Wine Pairing. Taste six of the Stellenbosch Hills wines, perfectly paired with a biltong and droëwors selection. The tasting takes between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on the participation level, and size of the group. Booking is essential.
THE BERGKELDER, STELLENBOSCH
The Bergkelder was built in 1968 into the Papegaaiberg, from which it derives its name. The cellar was the first mountain cellar in the country and was named after the annual clay pigeon shoot, held to commemorate the birthday of Governor Simon van der Stel in the late 1700s. Besides the tastings which are presented as part of the tours, we have ongoing, all day tastings in our wine centre. A selection of fine wines, focussing on Fleur du Cap but also offering many others, is available for tasting every day. Resting comfortably on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg, on the outskirts of the historic old town of Stellenbosch, lies a famous landmark in the winelands. This is The Bergkelder. Founded in 1967, this ‘famous cellar in the mountain’ was the first of its kind in South Africa and is today home to some of the Cape’s finest wines. The Bergkelder has distinguished itself as an important innovator in the wine industry. In the 1970s, it played a pivotal role in encouraging South Africa’s production of world class wines by persuading grape-growers to introduce the classic noble varieties to their vineyards. Among these varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 1979, it took the lead by introducing maturation of quality wine in small casks of new French oak and in 1998, The Bergkelder launched its unique range of Fleur du Cap unfiltered wines. These were created with the specific intention of retaining the absolute flavours and varietal character of the grapes.
Apart from award winning architecture, the Tokara estate offers magnificent vistas of the Simonsberg Mountains, False Bay, Table Mountain and the lush Idas Valley. The winery building’s industrial nature is softened by uncomplicated architecture and design. A composition of simple, natural materials and clean, strong lines characterize the structure, offering clarity of form within a breathtaking environment. The wine production and marketing facility was designed to reflect the character of the wines themselves – innovative and distinctive. Spaces interact efficiently, with practicality being a core element.
VAN LOVEREN, ROBERTSON
Van Loveren has a reputation as a producer of wines of consistent quality and good value. Its broad range includes everyday drinking wines, wines available throughout the country. Hand-crafted reserve champions are available in selected wine shops and from the tasting room, ensuring that we keep our fans never far from their favourite tipple.In our tasting room you can enjoy an informal tasting at our pods, or treat yourself to a relaxed food & wine pairing with a platter on the deck overlooking the garden. Platters include chocolate and wine, cheese and wine, charcuterie and wine, nougat, nuts and wine, a Four Cousins fan pairing as well as non-alcoholic pairings for both adults and children.When tasting at Van Loveren, let the staff guide you. They have the knowledge and will suggest in which order your choice of wines should be tasted. Ask questions about the wines and the region. Van Loveren would love to let you in on our favourites.
WATERFORD ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH
The fountain in the Waterford courtyard is a symbol of the exuberance of the Waterford Way and the distinctive wines that are born of this land. The uniqueness of the terroir, the passion of these two families and the masterful talent of Kevin Arnold form a catalyst for wines that are relished around the world. Whether it’s the season for growing, waiting, bottling or distributing, Waterford gives vibrance and energy to every task at hand, and this love of the art of winemaking is in the hearts and hands of each grape-picker, each bottler, each student who helps to make each vintage memorable. The families especially love having young hands helping on the farm to make some pocket money, as the youthful energy resonates so strongly with the Waterford Way. And each vintage pays tribute to the families who make these wines, by bearing the name of a family member. Waterford’s values and traditions will become a heritage carried through generations to come. Daily wine or chocolate & wine tastings are held in the comfortable lounge or courtyard.