The Best of South Africa’s Western Cape Wine Farms

Fine wines, fabulous food, and first-class activities for everyone

The Western Cape boasts a long prosperous history of winemaking that stretches back over 350 years. It’s a tradition that’s led to the creation of some of the world’s foremost wines, including the unique Pinotage and Vin du Cap offerings.

You’ll find over 500 wine estates and thousands of wine producers dotted along 19 winding routes through verdant hills and dales just outside Cape Town. Join us on a whirlwind tour of the best Western Cape wine farms.

Spier

Spier is one of the major players in wine tourism and has built up its portfolio of offerings to include something for everyone since its inception in 1692. The property boasts no fewer than 21 original Cape Dutch buildings and is home to the oldest wine tasting cellar in the country.

The estate is committed to maintaining a fine balance between conservation, viticulture, food production, community, and tourism in all its activities.

Spier is one of the first stops for visitors to Stellenbosch, just 40km from Cape Town.

This is what Spier offers:

  • Food and wine pairing
  • Wine tasting
  • Restaurant
  • Walks, Segway tours
  • Eagle sanctuary
  • Art studio
  • Craft market
  • Wellness spa
  • Children’s activities
  • Weddings, events, and conferences
  • Accommodation

Spice Route

The Spice Route is an artisan wine producer and destination in Paarl, about 56 kilometres from Cape Town. This cooperative boasts a variety of delights for every culinary enthusiast with high end outlets on site to satisfy every taste.

Some of the attractions you’ll find here include:

  • Wine tastings
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurants
  • Craft Beer
  • Artisan Gin
  • Children’s activities
  • Handmade chocolates
  • Art gallery
  • Curio shopping
  • MTB trails
  • Tours

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia came about in 1685, making it the oldest wine farm in south Africa. It’s also the closest to Cape Town, located just over 20 kilometres from the heart of the Mother City.

Visitors to Groot Constantia enjoy authentic South African experiences among centuries old Cape Dutch architecture and beautifully maintained grounds. You can visit Groot Constantia on bus tours of the city’s major sights or make your way there on self-drive excursions.

Groot Constantia attractions include:

  • Food and wine pairing
  • Wine tastings
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurants
  • Audio walking tours
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings/events/ conferences

Boschendal

Boschendal has been around for almost as long as Groot Constantia and offers a wide range of wine-related activities. It’s located on the Franschhoek wine route, about 60 km from Cape Town.

The farm places a high priority on diversity in all its operations and offers a wide range of diversions for visitors. These include:

  • Accommodation
  • Food and Wine pairing
  • Wine tasting
  • Restaurant
  • Farm shop
  • MTB trails
  • Horse riding trails
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings, events, and conferences

Vergelegen

Although the name, Vergelegen, meaning ‘’situated far away’ suggests otherwise, you’ll find this long-established wine farm about 60km from the Mother City at Somerset West.

Vergelegen offers exceptionally luxurious experiences and has hosted numerous heads of state and celebrities during its 300-year heritage. Vergelegen prides itself on offering refined cuisine, gorgeous gardens, and exquisite wines, against a backdrop of abundant biodiversity.

Some of the things on offer at Vergelegen include:

  • Wine tasting
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurants
  • Luxury picnics
  • Environmental tours
  • Garden tours
  • Heritage sites
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings, events, and conferences

Babylonstoren

Everything on Babylonstoren centres around their abundant, biodiverse farming practices. This multi-use farm produces all the fresh produce for its farm-to-fork restaurants and bakery onsite.

Farm-life is an integral part of the Babylonstoren experience and visitors relish in the beautiful, tranquil spaces found here.

Babylonstoren offers:

  • Accommodation
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine sales
  • Cellar tours
  • Tea and olive oil sales
  • Restaurants
  • Bakery
  • Wellness spa
  • Workshops
  • Garden tours
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings, events, and conferences

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards occupies a unique position on the Cape Peninsula, at Noordhoek, 30 Km from the centre of Cape Town. Overlooked by the famous Chapman’s Peak mountain range and just 1 km from the ocean, this family-owned female-driven vineyard is a favourite among tourists on their way from the beach or nearby sites.

You can enjoy the following activities at this boutique vineyard:

  • Wine tasting
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurants
  • Picnics
  • Walks
  • Mini Market
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings, events, and conferences

Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting will exceed your expectations with its internationally acclaimed white wines, fine dining, and fragrant coffees.

This wine farm forms part of Simon Van der Stel’s original Constantia property and has experienced mixed fortunes over its long history. Now, in the hands of committed and capable owners, the Mueller family, Buitenverwachting is back to its former glory as one of Constantia’s foremost wine-producing estates.

The offering at Buitenverwachting  includes:

  • Wine tasting
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings, events, and conferences

Steenberg

Steenberg is the Cape’s oldest farm as opposed to a wine farm, granted a lease to cultivate the land in 1682. Although it wasn’t originally intended as a vineyard, Steenberg’s developed into a force to be reckoned with on the Cape Town wine scene.

Located just a few minutes from the city in the Constantia Valley, Steenberg is a must-visit destination for those in search of luxury experiences near Cape Town.

Steenberg offers:

  • 5-Star hotel
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop
  • Private golf course
  • Luxury Wellness Spa
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings, events, and conferences

Diemersdal

Diemersdal Estate is an historic property in the Durbanville Hills area, 35km from Cape Town.
The Low family has produced wine here for over six generations, taking advantage of the cooling mists rolling in from the Atlantic to create uniquely characterful wines.
Here, the focus is firmly on French-inspired food and fine wine.

  • Wine tasting
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurant
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings, events, and conferences

Nederburg

Nederburg Wine Estate produces some of South Africa’s best-known wines from its Paarl location, 66km from Cape Town.

This vast estate’s been producing wines from its immaculately-preserved Cape Dutch buildings for over 300 years and it has the accolades to prove it.

Here’s what you can get up to at Nederburg:

  • Wine tasting
  • Wine sales
  • Restaurant
  • Child-friendly
  • Weddings and events

Experience the Western Cape’s Finest Hospitality

Cape Town and the surrounding Western Cape wine farms have a long-established reputation as South Africa’s foremost food and wine destinations.

If you’d like to find out more about the discoveries that await in this part of the world, keep reading our blog, or get in touch for more information.

Disclaimer

Please Note: The details shared herein were correct at the time of publishing. However, with time some of this information may change. We recommend confirming information with suppliers prior to making final travel arrangements. If you do happen to find an issue with any information we’ve shared here, please feel free to contact us so that we can make the relevant changes.

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