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South Africa Winelands Tour to the best Vineyards in South Africa

Wineries north of Cape Town wineries in South Africa
The best Vineyards in South Africa in the South Africa Winelands

The five best located wineries in South Africa in the Winelands


In the South Africa winelands you can find five vineyards in South Africa in top locations. I have come to know and appreciate them on my travels across the country. The region north of Cape Town is one of the most scenic regions of the country. Gentle hills alternate with mountain peaks, sandy beaches and the sea. South Africa's wine region begins below Table Mountain in Groot Constantia, home to one of South Africa's oldest wineries. If you drive further north, you will reach the winelands of South Africa, whose vineyards extend around Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl. Here you will find the best wineries in South Africa. (Map)

Actually, these geographical areas are too warm for winegrowing. In other regions of the world, you will find no vineyards in these latitudes. The South Africa winelands owe their existence to the cold Benguelastrom, a sea current that comes from the Antarctic. This cools the sea on the west coast of the country and at the same time ensures that wine can be grown in this area. The closer the vineyards in South Africa are to the coast, the easier it is for winemakers to make wine. Inland, temperatures are rising. The sunshine hours are increasing. This eventually makes it necessary that the wine barrels are cooled, where the grape juice is maturing.

Red Shiraz grape wineries in South Africa
Red Shiraz grapes

Wineries in South Africa north of Cape Town that are particularly beautifully situated

Enjoy traveling in the Wine regions of the world are not just an experience for the palate. Beautiful places and locations are also important. These make a visit to wine regions also a pleasure for the eyes. In South Africa, however, this is not difficult. On the contrary! The attractiveness and ambience of the South African wine region are legendary. However, there are wineries that are particularly beautiful. We present these to you here.

Wineries in the Groot Constantia wine region
Groot Constantia wine region

Constantia wine region

This is the oldest wine region in the South Africa winelands. Here, the Dutch traders first farmed and cultivated wine.

Groot Constantia

Cape Town is closest to the winery of Groot Constantia. No wonder, as it is the oldest winery in the country. In 1685 Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein transferred the lands of Groot Constantia to Simon Van Der Stel, Governor of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope. He built the house and used the grounds to grow wine, fruit and vegetables. He also bred cattle. After his death, the estate was divided into three parts: Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet.

Groot Constantia mansion
Groot Constantia mansion

Today, Groot Constantia is owned by the Groot Constantia Trust. The mansion, which was rebuilt in the Cape Dutch style in 1925 after a devastating fire, now houses part of the South African Cultural History Museum. The exhibitions deal with slavery in the country and the life of slaves in the early colonial period on the Cape.

For me, Groot Constantia is one of the five best located wineries in South Africa, because it lies in the midst of its vineyards. Its proximity to Cape Town and Table Mountain makes it one of the most visited estates in the region. Therefore, you should not expect to find a quiet place here. Nevertheless, I include it in my list of the best five wineries. On the one hand, because it is full of interesting stories worth discovering being the oldest winery of the country. On the other hand, because of its location below Table Mountain amidst its own vineyards.

Groot Constantia

Old Constantia Main Road
Constantia 7806
Cape Town
South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0)21 794 5128
Fax: +27 (0)21 794 1999
Opening hours: 9 am - 6 pm Mon - Sun.
Cellar tours every hour on the hour between 10 am and 4 pm
Website: www.grootconstantia.co.za
Email: enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za



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Lake at Stellenbosch
Lake at Stellenbosch

Wineries in South Africa in the Stellenbosch wine region

The N1 motorway will take you to the Stellenbosch wine region in just over half an hour. Take your time to visit the beautiful university city. However, you should not neglect the environment. There are wineries worth seeing.

Wine tasting Stellenbosch
Wine tasting Stellenbosch

Spier Wine Farm

Nobody can get past Spiers Wine Farm. I mean that in the literal sense. Because the winery is on the way from Cape Town to Stellenbosch on the R310. Among the five wineries presented here, it is the one that I have long considered, whether to include it in the list. For Spier's Wine Farm does not necessarily correspond to the image, we usually have of a winery. It offers everything you would expect from a winery. There are tastings, a good restaurant and accommodation. What I miss is the ambience, I expect from a visit to the winery. Instead, the cellar looks rather sparse for tastings. The bustle around the wine at Spier's reminded me of Disneyland.

The colorful houses where you can spend the night * , contribute to that impression. The Adler Hort also. Or the Craft Center. And the ceramic workshop. For me this is too much that has nothing to do with wine and a winery. Nevertheless, I added the farm to the list of the best wineries. It is quick and easy to reach from Cape Town. In addition, it is relatively close to the sea, which gives their wines their own character. You should get to know these in order to be able to judge the role of the location of the vineyards for the wines of the Western Cape.

Spier Wine Farm

Annandale Road
Stellenbosch 7600
South Africa

Tastings and sales:
Mo. - Mi .: 9 am - 5 pm
Thu.-Sa .: 9 am - 6 pm
So: 11 am - 6 pm
Website: www.spier.co.za
E-mail: info@spier.co.za



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Stellenbosch winery
Stellenbosch winery

Neethlingshof

Only a few kilometers further on, the driveway to the Neethlingshof Wine Estate, which is lined with high pines, clearly branches off the main road to Stellenbosch. Just because of this pine alley, you should not miss a visit to Neethlingshof. The family's former home now serves as a restaurant. Like Groot Constantia, the estate is one of the oldest in the country. The house in the Cape Dutch style originates from 1692. To this day, it gives the winery its special ambience.

For me it is one of the best located wineries in South Africa because of its spectacular pine avenue, which leads through the middle of its vineyards. Combined with a wine tasting and a meal on the terrace of the restaurant, a visit to Neethlingshof is a very special experience.

Neethlingshof

Polkadraai Rd,
Stellenbosch, 7600
South Africa

Wine Cellar:

Mo. - Fr.
9 am - 5 pm (last tasting starts at 4.30 pm)

Sat., Sun., holidays
10 am - 4 pm

Closed
1st Christmas holiday & Good Friday

Website: neethlingshof.co.za
E-Mail: info@neethlingshof.co.za

Franschoek wine region
Franschoek wine region

Wineries in South Africa in the Franschoek wine region

You should not miss the drive to Franschoek, even if the Boschendal winery, which we recommend here, is located outside the village. Franschoek is - like Stellenbosch - a magical place for connoisseurs. A stroll through town and a visit to the Huguenot monument should definitely be part of your visit to the winelands. The view of the Hottentots Holland mountains from here is legendary.

Boschendal

This winery is located east of the Simonsberg Nature Reserve. Thus it is only a few meters away from the turnoff to Franschoek. Boschendal is one of the top located wineries in South Africa because of this location alone. But this estate offers so much more, which is worth a visit. In any case, you should plan enough time for your visit to Boschendal. It is best, of course, if you spend several days there or take a whole day for it. However, you should definitely spend several hours in order to enjoy the estate, its wines and its surroundings.

There are many ways to experience the winery. Wine tasting, vineyard or cellar tours are as much a part of it as hiking or cycling through the vineyards. You can drive with carriages through the farm. Sporty people can explore the winery on horseback. And if you prefer it quiet, you can savor the wellness treatments in the spa. I especially liked the gardens of Boschendal. The rose garden is definitely worth a visit. You can also stay overnight * in Boschendal.

Wineries near Franschoek
Wineries in South Africa at Franschoek

Boschendal is known for its picnics. Both South Africans and visitors love them. It is therefore essential to reserve at least 24 hours in advance. There are two picnic areas. These are dependent on the season. There are the classic picnics in the rose garden. You get a basket filled with specialties directly from the farm. In the shade of old oaks, these delicacies can be enjoyed at laid tables or on picnic blankets. The Werf Farm Picnic is more relaxed. There, guests bring their own blankets, tables and chairs. The food is available in picnic baskets with products from the farm.

Boschendal Estate

Pniel Road
Groot Drakenstein
Franschoek, 7690
South Africa

Website: www.boschendal.com
E-Mail: enquiries@boschendal.co.za
Wine tastings & pairings daily
Mo. - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm
Wed. - Sun. 11 am - 3 pm (Food pairings)



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Panorama at Paarl
Panorama at Paarl

Paarl wine region

The fourth wine region that I recommend is northwest of Franschoek. Even from afar you can see the round rock domes that gave the place its name. They reminded the first white settlers in the region of pearls. When Abraham Gabbema came to this area on October 22nd, 1657, it had rained shortly before. The rock dome gleamed in the morning sun, reminding him of a pearl. That's how the place got its name. You should not miss the drive up to this rock, because up there is the Afrikaanse Taal monument , a monument dedicated to the languages spoken in South Africa. From the top you have a beautiful view of the wine region in the south and to Cape Town.

Nederburg Wines

Nederburg winery in Paarl follows in my ranking of the five best located wineries in South Africa just after Boschendal. Although it is not as old as that, it can also look back on a long winemaking tradition being founded in 5. Philippus Wolvaart and his wife Margaretha laid the foundation stone for the winery in Nederburg. This is one of the wineries where cold fermentation was introduced, because the grapes have too much residual sweetness. This method was developed by Johann Graue, a German brewer who acquired the estate 1791.

Wine field in autumn
Wine field in autumn

When you visit Nederburg, you will see the original mansion that completed Wolvaart 1800. It is surrounded by the vineyards of the estate and is used for events. There are wine tastings and an interesting cellar tour. Because of his view of the "pearl" of Paarl, it is also one of the 5 best located wineries in South Africa.

Nederburg Wines

Sonstraal Road
Daljosafat
Paarl

South Africa

Visitor Center & Old Cellar Museum

Mon - Fri: 9 am - 5 pm (May - Sept.)
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 6 pm (Oct. - Apr.)
Sa. & Su .: 10 am - 4 pm

cellar tours
Mon - Fri: 10.30 am & 3 pm
Sa. & Su .: 11 am

Nederburg is closed on the 1st Christmas Day, New Year and Good Friday.

This is my list of the five best located wineries in South Africa. There are many other wineries in the region worth discovering. Have you found other wineries that are worth a visit? Let me know in the comments.



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Source: own research on site.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Tourvital

Responses

  1. […] Tram but this tram is different; the stations where it stops are the most distinguished wineries in South Africa. The tour is the perfect combination of wine tasting and stunning […]

  2. Bruno
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    Interesting, but sometimes about wines that you drink to learn something more. Since you have the different wineries very nicely portrayed. In South Africa we would look at them too.
    Regards
    Bruno

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Bruno,

      It is exciting to study the wines, because their production often varies from place to place. I have visited the wineries myself and can recommend them from personal experience.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  3. Mario
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    Hi monika,

    We had not made it to the wine region around Cape Town on our first visit to South Africa, there were other excursions on the program. Of course we do not want to miss that next time ...

    LG Mario

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Mario,

      South Africa, and especially the Cape Town region, offers an incredible number of possibilities for excursions. You can spend weeks there and have not seen everything yet.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  4. Kathi
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    Dear Monika,
    Wow, that sounds like a fantastic tour. I would like to do that too. Even if I only drink wine from time to time, it really sounds like a bombastic tour. Thank you for the great impressions.

    Many greetings
    Kathi

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Kathi,

      that's it. We love wine regions not only because of the wines, but also because they always have a special atmosphere and are often in beautiful landscapes. The South African wine region north of Cape Town is no exception.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  5. Susanne
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    The tour would be just right for Patrick. From one winery to the next ... that makes South Africa even more interesting. Although I'm more of the beer fan, but if the wine is sweet, I also like to be seduced. The tip is saved.
    Thank you, Susanne

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hi Susan,

      the wines of South Africa are excellent. Many of them win prizes at the wine fairs year after year. There is certainly something for every taste. Glad if you like our tip.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  6. Anita
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    Dear Monika,
    your report awakens so much yearning for South Africa in me again. Land and people are just adorable and beautiful. Back then we also visited Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl from Cape Town. In couple we were on the Spice Route, which I really liked. But we did not visit a winery or a wine cellar. When I read your report like that, I realize that I have to make up for it. Thanks for the great tips!
    LG Anita

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Anita,

      you have really missed something. The wineries in the region are so beautiful that only the views are a pleasure. Add to that the good wines and delicious food. For me, South Africa Winelands are a paradise for connoisseurs.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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