If your idea of a great time consists of sipping wine at the picnic table in the winemaker's home or sampling Sauvignon Blanc from barrels, Cape Town is a place for you.
Cultivation of grapes in Cape vineyards dates back to 1600s. Rural estates of grape plantations through the whole region of Western Cape are very well worth a visit – not just for great wine, but also because the terrain offers plenty for the eye.
But in the end, it's all about wine tasting – wine speaks to all the senses and makes daily living easier and less hurried. That's why when in Cape Town you need to head for the hills to meet winemaking families. Here you'll find some big and well-known names, some small and hidden, families with only a few hectares of vineyards, but at the same time with excellent wines.
We've made it easy for you and choose top 5 wine routes, where you'll be able to enjoy great wine and an idyllic landscape – what more could one ask for?
CONSTANTIA WINE ROUTE
Constantia wine route has at least 8 wine estates and their history dates back to the 1650s. 2O min drive with your rental car will take you to this picturesque valley where some of the best wines in the country (if not in the world) are being made.
But wine without a meal is like a sun without the sky, so we suggest you visit the Buitenverwatching restaurant where you can taste the wines in their historic wine cellar and indulge in their fine cuisine.
STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTE
Probably the most famous wine route in South Africa is the Stellenbosch wine route. 45 minutes from Cape Town lies the epicenter of the South African wine estates. Here you'll find more than 150 incredible and special wineries and wine farms offering some award-winning and expensive wines for you to delve into. The only decision you need to make here is a bottle or glass (caution: don't drink and drive). Only the first bottle is expensive, after that, you will no longer care.
For foodie heaven, you need to visit this place: Clos Malverne Restaurant
HELDERBERG WINE ROUTE
If you like a cooler climate with a chilly sea breeze, we suggest you head to the Helderberg Mountain. The vineyards of the Helderberg region offer a dramatic look over the eastern edge of False Bay and it will take you only 30 minutes from Cape Town to get to this wine paradise. If you're a fan of white wines that's an additional reason to come to Helderberg since here you'll find the best of Chardonnay. For some really fine dining and expensive wine tasting, we suggest you visit the Waterkloof's. If you think they're too extravagant for your wallet or you're travelling with children under the age of 10, you should reconsider this one.
BREEDEKLOF WINE ROUTE
Breedeklof Wine Route is practically a child compared to the Stellenbosch wine route, established in 2002 with 22 wine growers. 90 min drive outside of Cape Town lies this fairytale wine valley with diverse wineries – small, immense, elite, you name it. Besides wine tasting, there are some really cool restaurants in the regions. Our advice: Check the Restaurant Bosjes and order their Morrocan chicken from Master Chef Judge Pete Goffe-Wood and chef Kim. Since diversity is in our nature and some of you got already tired of wine just reading these line, we recommend you visit the Du Toitskloof. Du Toitskloof in addition to wine offers craft beer and half-price pizza happy hour every Friday.
CAPE POINT VINEYARDS– NOORDHOEK
If you're one of the lovers of Sauvignon Blanc we recommend you pay a visit to the winemakers of the Cape Point. This Wine Route in the Noordhoek is a sight for sore eyes, located only a few miles from the Atlantic ocean. For the best Cape Point experience, you have to visit their Picnic at the Cape Point Vineyards. You will get your own blankie, but you'll have to order your picnic basket with all the goodies at least 24 hours in advance.