Explore the Cape's Winelands with one of our top wine routes and tours. Let us take you through a day that will leave you happy, satisfied and eager to return for more!
If your idea of a great time is sipping wine at the picnic table in the winemaker's home or tasting Sauvignon Blanc from barrels, Cape Town is a place for you.
Growing grapes in Cape vineyards date back to the 1600s. Rural wineries throughout the Western Cape region are worth a visit - not just for the excellent wine but also because the terrain offers plenty for the eye.
But ultimately, it's all about the wine tasting - wine appeals to all the senses. It makes daily life more manageable and less hectic. First, you must head to the hills in Cape Town to meet winemaking families. Here you will find some big and well-known names, small and hidden families with only a few hectares of vineyards and excellent wines.
We've made it easy for you and picked 5 top wine routes where you can enjoy great wine and idyllic scenery - what more could you ask for?
CONSTANTIA WINE ROUTE
The Constantia wine route has at least eight wineries, and its history dates back to the 1650s. A 20-minute drive in your rental car will take you to this picturesque valley where some of the best wines in the country (if not the world) are made.
But wine without food is like the sun without the sky, so we recommend visiting Buitenverwatching Restaurant. You can sample the wines in their historic wine cellar and indulge in their fine cuisine.
STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTE
Probably the most famous wine route in South Africa is the Stellenbosch Wine Route. Located 45 minutes from Cape Town is the epicentre of South African wineries. Here you will find over 150 incredible and unique wineries and wine farms offering some award-winning and expensive wines for you to taste. The only decision you have to make here is a bottle or a glass (beware: don't drink and drive). But, of course, only the first bottle is expensive. After that, you won't care.
For foodie heaven, you must visit this place: Clos Malverne Restaurant.
HELDERBERG WINE ROUTE
If you like a cooler climate with a cool sea breeze, we recommend visiting Helderberg Mountain. The vineyards of the Helderberg region offer dramatic views over the eastern edge of False Bay, and it only takes 30 minutes from Cape Town to get to this wine paradise. If you're a fan of white wines, that's an extra reason to come to Helderberg because you'll find the best of Chardonnay here. For excellent dining and expensive wine tastings, we recommend visiting Waterkloof's. However, if you think these are too extravagant for your budget or travelling with children under 10, think again.
BREEDEKLOF WINE ROUTE
Breedeklof Wine Route is a child compared to the Stellenbosch Wine Route, established in 2002 with 22 winemakers. A 90-minute drive outside Cape Town is this fairytale wine valley with various wineries - small, huge, elite, and you name it. In addition to wine tastings, there are some superb restaurants in the area. Our tip: Stop by Restaurant Bosjes and order the Moroccan chicken from Master Chef Judge Pete Goffe-Wood and Chef Kim. Since variety is in our nature and some of you are already getting wine weary from reading this, we recommend a visit to Du Toitskloof. In addition to wine, Du Toitskloof offers craft beer and a half-price pizza happy hour every Friday.
CAPE POINT VINEYARDS- NOORDHOEK.
If you are one of those Sauvignon Blanc lovers, we recommend visiting the winemakers at Cape Point. This wine route in the Noordhoek is a feast for the eyes and is only a few kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. However, for the best Cape Point experience, you must visit their picnic at Cape Point Vineyards. You get your blanket, but you need to order your picnic basket with all the goodies at least 24 hours in advance.
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