Think South Africa and the mind will immediately resonate with safaris, Table Mountain, the Afrikaans dialect, Nelson Mandela and the golden sands of Durban. But what’s missing? Yes, you’ve guessed it; fine wine.
South Africa is officially the seventh largest producer of wine on the entire planet and an hour’s ride out of Cape Town resides the municipality of Cape Winelands – one of the finest wine producing regions on the globe.
Given Cape Town and her surrounding vicinities reside at one of Africa’s southernmost points, not to mention the fact that the breezes off the surrounding Atlantic and Indian Oceans offer optimum cooling conditions during the summer months; this yields the ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen.
An incredibly fulfilling, and tasty pursuit for individuals to sample on personalised South Africa holidays is to visit one of the plentiful number of wine farms that aim to inform, educate and inspire.
With the Cape Winelands being easily accessible from Cape Town, here are our top three wine farms to visit within an hour’s drive of the city – just make sure you’ve got a designated driver!
The Groot Constantia wine estate – the oldest in South Africa – is actually located within the Constantia suburb of Cape Town, thus represents an ideal stop-off point on your Western Cape adventure.
Groot Constantia was founded by Simon van der Stel of the Dutch East India Company in 1685 and travellers will be able to sample Blanc de Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Alluvia Specialist Winery
Around a 45-minute car drive away resides the Alluvia Specialist Winery in the heart of the Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch.
Alluvia claims to be the most photographed winery in the Rainbow Nation and it’s not hard to see why, perched within the lush green Banhoek Valley – a truly idyllic setting.
Alluvia runs wine tasting tours seven days a week, typically between 10am to 7pm and the estate has claimed several awards down the years; namely at the Decanter World wine awards for their signature “ilka” Cabernet Sauvignon.
Situated on a hill, as the name suggests, Havana Hills doesn’t simply offer fantastic wine but also offers incredible panoramic views of the surrounding cape. The iconic Table Mountain is clearly visible from the estate.
Situated 18km north of Cape Town, Havana Hills is the only farm to have scooped as many as five double gold medal awards for a Shiraz in South African history not to mention boasting a selection of fine whites such as Chardonnay, Nouvelle and Viognier.