Cape Town is recognised internationally for it’s fine wines…and rightly so! It is the favourite destination for many wine connoisseurs from around the world, and some of the best and oldest wine farms can be found around the region. I definitely do not count myself as a “connoisseur”, more so an avid wine lover. I’ve put together my top 3 vineyards, from food, to wine to pure beauty surrounding the wine farm. It’s not all about wine I promise!
Boschendal was the first wine farm I ever visited. I instantly fell in love with it. Situated in the beautiful Drakenstein valley a little further on from Stellenbosch and in between Franschhoek, it is well worth the drive. One of the oldest farms in South Africa founded in 1685, their focus is on producing organic sustainable food and delicious wines.
Things to do at Boschendal
- Wine Tasting – A must do; try their fine wine and have a giggle with the master of wines. One gentleman (who is there all the time) will go into detail explaining each wine, grape and history
- The Werf Restaurant
- Farm Shop and Deli – You have to try the Droëwors and Borenkaas, so very delicious
- Walk around The Boschendal Gardens
- Cellar Tours
- Vineyard Tours
- Stay at the farm
- Farm Spa
- Horse and Carriage Rides
Vergelegen is a historic wine estate founded in 1700. It is a 35+ minute drive from Cape Town, in an area called Somerset West. Out of all 3 wine farms featured in this post, as you walk around, you uncover more and more…being here made me feel like Alice in Wonderland. There is so much to explore from the rose gardens to having a picnic lunch in the mystic Camphor Forest. Vergelegen focuses on conserving the heritage that has formed the foundation for Capetonian’s today.
Things to do at Vergelegen
- Wine Tasting – Overlooks an octagonal herb garden that gives a feeling of serenity
- Stables Bistro Restaurant
- Camphors at Vergelegen – Signature Restaurant
- Picnic in the Camphor Forest
- Cellar Tours
- Heritage & Garden Tours
- Various Events – Check the website here for details
The youngest wine farm and closest of the 3 vineyards to Cape Town, Warwick wine estate lies in-between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts. A family owned vineyard, their most famous wine “The First Lady” is named after Norma Ratcliffe (along with her husband they made the farm what it is today) as she was one of the first women to make wine in South Africa. Warwick wine estate has a well deserved reputation for their gourmet picnics…I can vouch for this!
Things to do at Warwick
- Wine Tasting
- Cellar Tours
- Big 5 Vineyard Safari
- Gourmet Picnics – Menu below:
- Sichuan pepper crusted beef fillet with aioli
- Rosa tomato, mange tout and butter bean salad
- Baby potato, red onion and fried caper salad tossed in a light whole grain mustard aioli
- A chunk of matured cheddar
- Warwick’s famous biltong pâté – Absolutely DELICIOUS
- Trio jar of homemade sweet chili sauce, cream cheese and basil pesto
- Herbed stretched homemade bread
- Loved Ponies onion marmalade
- Homemade smoked butter
- Gluten free Key Lime pie jar
I hope my photos do each vineyard justice and show off the sheer beauty Cape Town vineyards have to offer. Do they entice you to explore? Let me know!
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