When more and more settlers from , and the arrived - some of them experienced winemakers - they discovered that the hills in this region were ideal for growing vines. Smaller groups and Private Tours are also available. Which wine farms should I visit? It was a lot to take in but it worked. Get to know the wine industry, with a full day tour of the Western Cape Winelands. Tables are set under ancient oaks from 12pm to 3pm on a first-come, first-served basis. If you think 11am is too early to hit the vines, Glen also offers a selection of delicious breakfasts. Good to know The restaurant hosts a daily featuring an assortment of sweet and savoury delights, paired with your choice of tea, coffee, or chilled bubbly.
Opening times Monday — Saturday, 12pm — 2. We were suitably shocked by the low cost of tasting and even the low cost of buying a whole bottle, which was often only R80 for an amazingly good wine. The bus has the bonus of a dedicated Constantia Valley Wine route, which stops at 3 of the farms. As well as the ones mentioned above, try and make it to Hidden Valley. There are currently some 560 wineries and 4 400 primary producers of vineyards in the Cape, divided by the Wine of Origin Scheme into 4 main regions: The Breede River Valley, The Little Karoo, Coastal and Olifants River.
Charitable day tours in the Winelands Combine wine tourism with charity on a full day wine tour with a difference. Pro Tip: Make reservations well in advance. Wine tastings are complemented by a visit to crèches and afterschool clubs on each wine farm, where you may get involved in fun activities with children looked after by non-profit organization, The Pebbles Project. That isn't even the half of it, though. Cape Town offers some amazing free activities for locals and tourists alike! There is the vine hopper service but is only covers a selection. The wines of the Constantia Vineyards are largely cool climate offerings, so look out for world class sauvignon blancs, delightful reds and the famous Constantia dessert wine.
Babel at Babylonstoren Situated on the beautiful Babylonstoren farm, this eternally stylish restaurant is just one of the gazillion reasons to visit the estate. Specialise in wine tours in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Check out the exciting events coming to the mother city during November! Although not part of the Cape Winelands, strictly speaking, this brief guide will include the scenic surroundings and world-class wineries of the Constantia Valley. Opening times Sunday, 12pm — 2. If you're looking for more excursions in Cape Town, be sure to read our overviews of , and.
You will have a brief city tour here, before continuing to the Vergenoegt Wine Estate subject to change for an afternoon tasting of their specialty wines. Have you enjoyed a meal at a wonderful wine-farm restaurant that you think we should know about? The Hidden Valley and Lands End wines are certainly worth a taste. This is a wine farm with lots of explore. Wrapped up in our South African wine love affair, we never worried about what to eat between sips. Explore the bounty of the Cape Winelands on this 8-hour small-group guided cycling tour around Stellenbosch from Cape Town, including food and wine tastings.
We tasted seven of the beers during our tasting including the four core brews Lager, Pilsner, unfiltered Amber Weiss and Krystal Weiss plus Harvest Lager, Raspberry Krystall Weiss and Pale Ale. Open since October 2016, the restaurant focuses on both food and service — the married team considers customers to be guests in their house. The Restaurant at Waterkloof Wines In a shining glass tower, dangling over the winelands, French wizard conjures up recipes inspired by his food-loving homeland. We recommend that you mix up your stay to experience all three areas like we did. Ideal for travellers short on time, this tour shows you the best of Cape Point and the Winelands region in one day. Double room from £54 a night with breakfast Diemersfontein Diemersfontein's manor house Diemersfontein is the perfect place to stay and explore the up-and-coming wineries that surround the busy town of Wellington. Delheim even offers wine tasting with cupcake pairing.
Buy a 225l oak barrel and grapes from a boutique winery and get stuck into picking and crushing grapes. This winery produces a select range of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale-based soil of the area. Young chef Shaun Schoeman is reinventing classic Cape cooking by mixing ingredients and flavours from native Khoi nomads with Afrikaner and Cape Malay influences. Afterward, travel to the Vergenoegt Wine Estate in Stellenbosch for more wine tasting, where and an impressive parade of more than 800 ducks can be seen. This makes Franschhoek perfect to get around without having to drive between wine farms.
However, South African wine has undergone a whole new momentum. The Build Up is about spending time riding through some of the most scenic parts of the world enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of cycling. Opening times Tuesday — Saturday, 11. Photograph: John Brunton Tucked away down a country lane just outside bustling Franschhoek, this funky restaurant of the Holden Manz winery has idyllic views over vineyards with a stunning backdrop of towering mountains. Explore Paarl, the Hugenot Museum in Franschoek, the Stellenbosch Museum and get up close and personal with the White Lion at Vredenheims Cape Town Lion Park, for example. Exceptional experiences are at the heart of everything that we do at The Royal Portfolio. Groot Constantia should be on your list for the historical significance and impressive grounds as mentioned.