Wine tasting is an utterly charming way to pass the weekend. When paired with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture and awe-inspiring food, it becomes one of Cape Town’s most beloved activities for visitors and locals alike.
But how to go about getting the absolute most out of your experience? Well, for starters, you can take a look at our insider’s guide to the Cape Winelands!
THE CONSTANTIA VALLEY WINE ROUTE
The Constantia Valley is the closest wine route to the city, no more than 20 minutes away. The magnificently beautiful region is home to some of the country’s oldest and most prestigious wine farms dating back to 1685. The wines of the Constantia Vineyards are largely cool climate offerings, so look out for world class Sauvignon Blancs, delightful reds and infamous sweet wine offerings. Here’s our list of our top 5 most delicious things to do in the region if your palate is tingling for adventure. We’ve also compiled an insider’s guide to the best ways to explore Constantia.
THE STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTES
Boasting nearly 200 wine and grape producers, Stellenbosch was the first region to establish a formal route among the wineries, a route which has gone on to become one of the country’s 6 most popular tourist destinations. 148 wine farms decorate the vine-swept landscape, many of them historical farms with achingly beautiful Cape Dutch manors houses, gardens, hotels and fine-dining restaurants. Here’s a photo-journey that will make you long for your wine adventure. But it’s not just the estates you can look forward to.
THE HELDERBERG WINE ROUTE
The wineries that fall under the Helderberg Wine Route’s jurisdiction are all in and around the Somerset West area, a 30 minute drive from the city. Historic estates line up alongside cutting edge modern cellars, all producing a wonderful diverse array of wines. In recent times, it has acquired a reputation for producing impressive white wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Here are some amazing things to do in the area, as well as our easy how-to guide for getting there and getting happy. Don’t miss out on the utterly beautiful nature reserve while you’re at it.
THE DURBANVILLE VALLEY WINE ROUTE
A short drive 20 minute drive north of the city is all it takes to experience wonderful wine and dine parings at any number of the Durbanville estates. One of the region’s many virtues is also the spectacular views back across the ocean towards Table Mountain. You can also dip your toes in the rivers of the nearby nature reserve on a pretty morning. The region creates intense, fruit-driven yet refined wines, as unique as the slopes they grew on and the master wine makers who crafted them.
THE FRANSCHHOEK WINE ROUTE
Another wine route with outrageously beautiful landscapes. With many of the wine farms sharing a French Huguenot heritage, expect to find enormous French influence here and not surprisingly a Champagne-inspired sparkling win sub-route, the “Cap Classique Route”. The gorgeously quaint village of Franschhoek abounds with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. Take the wine tram for a lovely bit of history.