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Wineries in South Africa

Five wineries in the South African wine region


The wine region of South Africa is home to five of the country's most renowned wineries. You can find these in the Cape Winelands. This area near Cape Town includes the wine regions of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. The regions around Robertson, Constantia, Walker Bay, Tulbagh and Swartland are also included, even if they are not as well known as the three largest wine-growing regions. Four of these wine regions have wine farms that we particularly like.

 

 

Jan van Riebeek, the founder of Cape Town as a supply station on the sea route to India, planted the first vines in 1655. His company garden still exists in Cape Town today. However, his successor, Simon van der Stel, was even more important for viticulture. He founded South Africa's first winery in Constantia and was also the namesake of Stellenbosch, a town he built. He also brought Huguenots from France into the country, who settled around Franschhoek and significantly advanced viticulture. The French were also among the first Europeans to appreciate the wines from South Africa. Napoleon even had thirty bottles of Groot Constantia wine delivered to his exile in St. Helena every month.

White wines of South Africa

  • Chenin blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Sémillon
  • Viognier

 

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Cape Town wine region

I got to know and appreciate the Cape Town wine region on my travels through the country. The region north of Cape Town is one of the most scenic areas in the country. Here gentle hills alternate with mountain peaks, sandy beachesand 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 reach the Winelands of South Africa, whose vineyards extend around Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl. Here you will find the best located wine farms in South Africa. ( Map)

 

South African red wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Pinotage
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Franc

 

Actually, these geographical areas are far too warm for wine growing, right? You don't normally find vineyards at such latitudes anywhere else in the world. But South Africa's wine region has an exception, and it owes it to the cold Benguela Current that flows from Antarctica. This ocean current cools the sea on the west coast of the country and makes it possible for wine to be grown here. The closer the wineries are to the coast, the easier it becomes for winemakers to produce their wine. As you head inland, temperatures rise and hours of sunshine increase, which in turn means that the wine barrels in which the grape juice ages need to be cooled.

 

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Red Shiraz grape wineries in South Africa
Red Shiraz grapes in the wine farms in South Africa

 

South Africa wine region north of Cape Town

Enjoy traveling in the Wine regions of the worldare not just an experience for the palate. Beautiful places and locations are also important. These make a visit to wine regionsnot only a pleasure for the palate, but also for the eyes. In South Africa this is not difficult. On the contrary! The attractiveness and ambience of South Africa's wine region are legendary. However, there are wineries that are particularly beautifully located. We present our top wineries here.

 

Wineries in the Groot Constantia wine region
Groot Constantia wine region - here are the oldest wine farms in South Africa

 

Constantia wine region - the oldest wine region in South Africa

This is the oldest wine region in South Africa. Dutch traders were already farming and growing wine here.

Groot Constantia

Very close to Cape Town you will find the Groot Constantia winery. No wonder it is so famous, as it is the oldest winery in the country. As early as 1685, Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede dead Drakenstein handed over the lands to Simon Van Der Stel, the then governor of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope. Van Der Stel not only built a magnificent house, but also used the site to grow wine, fruit and vegetables. He even raised cattle there. After his death, the estate was divided into three parts: Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet.

 

Groot Constantia mansion
Groot Constantia mansion - typical of the South African wine region

 

Today Groot Constantia is managed by the Groot Constantia Trust. The mansion, lovingly rebuilt in Cape Dutch style after a devastating fire in 1925, now houses part of the South African Cultural History Museum. The exhibitions focus on the history of slavery in the countryside and the lives of slaves in the early colonial period in the Cape. It's really fascinating how much history comes together in this one place.

For me, Groot Constantia is definitely one of the top 5 wineries in South Africa. Why? Well, it's right in the middle of its own vineyards. It attracts many visitors thanks to its proximity to Cape Town and Table Mountain, so don't expect a quiet retreat here. Nevertheless, it has to be on my list of the top five wineries. On the one hand, because as the oldest winery in the country it has so many exciting stories that are just waiting to be discovered. On the other hand, the location is simply breathtaking - directly below Table Mountain, surrounded by picturesque 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

 

Constantia wineries in the wine region of South Africa

  • Steenberg Winery, Steenberg Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
  • Klein Constantia, End of, Klein Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
  • Beau Constantia, 1043 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
  • Eagles' Nest Wines, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
  • Constantia Glen, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa

 

 

Lake at Stellenbosch
Lake at Stellenbosch - a typical view from the wine farms in South Africa

 

Wineries in South Africa in the South Africa wine region near Stellenbosch

If you're ever traveling in South Africa, you can reach the wine region near Stellenbosch in just over half an hour via the N1 motorway. Be sure to take time to visit this charming university town. Incidentally, it is the only one in the country that trains wine specialists. But it's not just the city itself that's worth a stop - the surrounding area also has a lot to offer. There you will find numerous wineries that are definitely worth a visit.

 

Wine tasting Stellenbosch
Wine tasting Stellenbosch

 

Spier Wine Farm

Nobody can go past Spiers Wine Farm – and I mean that quite literally. The winery is located directly on the R310, the road that leads from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in South Africa's wine region. Of the five wineries I'm featuring in this article, Spiers was the one that I really thought about including for a long time. Because somehow Spiers Wein Farm doesn't quite correspond to the image that one usually has of a winery. Sure, it offers everything you would hope for from a winery: tastings, a restaurant and even overnight accommodations. But that certain something that I hope for from a visit to a winery is missing here. The cellar for the tastings seems rather sober, and all the hustle and bustle surrounding the wine is a bit reminiscent of Disneyland.

The colorful houses where you can spend the night also play their part. There is also the Adler Hort, the Craft Center and the ceramics workshop. To be honest, it's all a bit too much for me, as it has absolutely nothing to do with wine and the typical winery flair. Nevertheless, I have included the farm in the list of the best located wineries. Why? Quite simply: it is super quick and easy to reach from Cape Town and is also relatively close to the sea, which gives the wines their very own character. You should definitely get to know these to understand what role the location of the vineyards plays in the wines in 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

 

Stellenbosch wineries in the South African wine region

  • Delaire Graff Estate *, Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa
  • Dornier Wine Estate, Dornier Road, Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
  • Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, 7600, South Africa
  • Lanzerac Wine Estate *, 1 Lanzerac Rd, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
  • Rust en Vrede Wine Estate, Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa

In addition to tastings, the wineries linked with asterisks also offer overnight accommodation, which you can book via the links. If you reserve accommodation using one of these links, we receive a commission, which allows us to make this blog available to you free of charge.

 

 

Stellenbosch winery, one of the wine farms in South Africa
Stellenbosch winery - you will find many wine farms in the South Africa wine region

 

Neethlingshof - is beautifully located in the South Africa wine region with a view of the vineyards

Only a few kilometers further, the driveway to the Neethlingshof Wine Estate, lined with stone pines, branches off unmistakably. You shouldn't miss a visit to Neethlingshof because of this avenue alone. The family's former home now serves as a restaurant. Like Groot Constantia, the estate is one of the oldest in the country. In 1692 the house was built in the style of Kapholland. To this day, it gives the winery its ambience. A winery that is part of every visit to the South African wine region.

For me it is one of the best located wineries in South Africa because of its pine avenue that leads through the middle of the vineyards. Combined with a wine tasting and a meal on the Terrace Areaof the restaurant, a visit to Neethlingshof is an experience for connoisseurs.

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
Email: info@neethlingshof.co.za

 

This has to be in the suitcase for a trip to the South African wine region

  • You need good shoes, because you will be walking a lot here.
  • The wine region of South Africa is drenched in the sun. It is therefore advisable to have a sun hat.
  • A pair of backpackis also practical for everything you need for a day. Maybe you'll buy a bottle or two of wine?
  • When visiting wineries it is also worth it Picnic. 

 

Franschoek Wine Region - Wine farms are also located in South Africa
Franschhoek in the wine region of South Africa

 

Wineries in the South Africa wine region near Franschhoek

You shouldn't miss the drive to Franschoek, even if the Boschendal winery recommended here is outside the village. Franschoek is - like Stellenbosch - a place for connoisseurs in the South African wine region. A stroll through the town and a visit to the Huguenot monument should definitely be included. The view from there into the Hottentots Holland Mountains is legendary.

Boschendal

This winery is located east of the Simonsberg nature reserve. This means that it is only a few meters away from the junction to Franschoek. Because of this location alone, Boschendal is one of the best situated wineries in the South African wine region. But there is more to this estate that is well worth a visit. In any case, you should plan some time for your visit to Boschendal. It is of course best to spend several days there or to take a whole day for it. However, several hours should definitely be there in order to be able to enjoy the estate, its wines and its surroundings.

Activities in Boschendal

There are many ways you can experience the winery. Wine tasting, vineyard tours or cellar tours are just as much a part of this as hiking or cycling tours through the wine fields. You can also ride through the farm in carriages. Those who are more sporty can also explore the winery on horseback. And if you prefer it quiet, there is wellness enjoyment in the spa. I particularly 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 the South African wine region near Franschoek

 

Our tip: the wine picnics in Boschendal with a view of the vineyards in South Africa

Boschendal is known for its picnics. The South Africans love them too. It is therefore essential to reserve at least 24 hours in advance. There are even two picnic areas. These depend on the season. There are picnics in the rose garden. You receive a basket filled with specialties directly from the farm. You can then enjoy these delicacies at laid tables or on picnic blankets in the shade of old oak trees. At the Werf Farm Picnicit's more relaxed. There, guests bring their own blankets, tables and chairs. The food is in picnic baskets with products from the farm. You can hardly experience the South Africa wine region more beautifully.

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)

 

Franschhoek wineries in the South African wine region

  • Haute Cabrière, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
  • Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines *, Leeu Estates Dassenberg Road Franschhoek, Cape Town, 7690, South Africa
  • Chamonix Wine Farm *, 40 Uitkyk St, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
  • Dieu Donné Vineyards, Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek Valley, Winelands, South Africa, 7690, South Africa
  • La Motte *, R45, Franschhoek, 7691, South Africa

In addition to tastings, the wineries linked with asterisks also offer overnight accommodation, which you can book via the links. If you book via one of these links, we receive a commission, which enables us to operate this blog.

 

 

Panorama at Paarl
Panorama at Paarl. Wine farms in South Africa to the horizon

 

Paarl wine region

The fourth wine region that I recommend to you is located northwest of Franschoek. The round rock domes that gave the place its name can be seen from afar. They reminded the first white people in the region of pearls. When Abraham Gabbema came to this area on October 22, 1657, it had recently rained. The rocky dome shone in the morning sun and reminded him of a pearl. And the place already had its name. You shouldn't miss the trip up these rocks, because at the top is the language monument Afrikaanse Taal Monument. From above you have a beautiful view of the wine region in the south and as far as Cape Town.

Nederburg Wines

The Nederburg winery in Paarl follows Boschendal in my ranking of the 5 best located wineries in South Africa. It is not that old, but with the year it was founded in 1791, it can also look back on a long winemaking tradition. Philippus Wolvaart and his wife Margaretha laid the foundation stone for the Nederburg winery. This is one of the wineries where cold fermentation has been introduced because the grapes have too much residual sweetness. This method was developed by Johann Graue, a brewer from Germany who bought the estate in 1937.

 

Wine field in autumn
Wine field in autumn

 

If you visit Nederburg you will see the manor house that Wolvaart completed in 1800. It is surrounded by the estate's vineyards and is used for events. There are wine tastings as well as a cellar tour. It is also one of the top 5 wineries in South Africa for me because of its view of the “pearl” of Paarl.

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.

 

Paarl wineries in the South African wine region

  • Landskroon Wines *, Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd, Suider, Paarl, 7624, South Africa
  • Spice Route, Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd, Southern Paarl, Paarl, 7646, South Africa
  • Ridgeback Wine, Off R44, Windmeul ,, North Agter Paarl, Paarl, 7630, South Africa
  • Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Noord Agter - Paarl Rd, Windmeul, 7623, South Africa
  • Avondale Wine, Klein Drakenstein Road, Lustigan Rd, 7646, South Africa

In addition to tastings, the wineries linked with asterisks also offer overnight accommodation, which you can book via the links. If you book your accommodation through it, we receive a commission, which we use to run this blog.

 

This is my list of the 5 best located wineries in South Africa. However, there are numerous other wineries in the region that are worth exploring.

 

 

Have you ever been to the South African wine region?

Tell us about your experiences in a comment. Which wineries have you visited? For example, have you stayed on one? What are your experiences? In any case, we look forward to your tips.

More travel tips for the area:

Lynn Benda also provides her Weekend in Cape Town.

 


Travel Arrangements

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Accomodation

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Camping

There are also a number of campsites in the Stellenbosch area. A beautifully located campsite in Franschoek in the middle of the wine region is, for example, Franschoek Camping at La Motte Wine Farm & Restaurant, La Motte Station Rd, Heuwelsig Farm, Franschhoek, 7690. What you need for motorhome trips, you can also find it here. You can rent mobile homes here *. With our packing list for campersYou'll never forget anything again.

 

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Discover the 5 best located wineries in South Africa

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog  TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savorand wine tourismworldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Toursand then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisentried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writerand travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

12 thoughts too " Discover the 5 best located wineries in South Africa"

  1. 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

    1. 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

  2. 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

    1. 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

  3. 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

    1. 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

  4. 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

    1. 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

  5. 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

    1. 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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