In 2019, we found the little hidden gem in South Africa, the Elgin Wine Valley. The wine region Elgin is located between Cape Town and Hermanus and has delicious white wines, with their climate and the misty mountain elements they produce crisp Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc’s. They have ventured into Pinot Noir and some wine farms are able to produce some full bodied red wines.
From the wineries we visited in 2019 we have selected our 5 favorites. Our 5 best wineries in South Africa 2019 are
Iona Wine Farm
Iona is the coolest vineyard in the Cape, 420m above sea-level, high above the picturesque Elgin Valley.
Iona is surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in the South. In a country where cool sites are precious, these vineyards are like gold — the grapes ripening up to two months later than other Cape vineyards and in perfect balance.
Best suited grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux/Shiraz, Northern Rhone, Sauvignon Blanc
At Oak Valley they focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Classically styled and beautifully crafted. These are distinct, elegant wines, sourced from vineyards in the Elgin Valley. Elgin is a lush plateau completely surrounded by steep mountains forming a natural amphitheatre.
Spookfontein Wine Farm, restaurant and accommodation
Spookfontein is a boutique wine estate in the Hemel and Aarde Valley – neighbouring the coastal town and whale watching capital of Hermanus. Nested between The Kleinriver – and Babilonstoring Mountains, this 313 hectare farm offers wine aficionados a beautiful variety of robust wines – grown from rocky soil and nurtured by Walker Bay’s timeless cold sea air, blown in by the Cape Doctor on summer evenings.
D’Aria Wine farm
Between Durbanville and Bloubergstrand, you’ll find an area that is known as “Sauvignon Blanc Country”. If you are looking to savour internationally acclaimed wines, where history, tradition, nature’s bounty and the delicate craft of winemaking all come together, there is no better option than D’Aria.
Durbanville Hills Wine Farm
The unique location of Durbanville Hills’ cellar a mere 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, offers not only a spectacular view of Table Mountain and Table Bay, but also an extraordinary terroir that stabilises temperatures and eliminates extremes of heat and cold. Although the Durbanville area is renowned for its SAUVIGNON BLANC that excels under the cool conditions where it is grown mostly on the cool south facing slopes, the range of RED WINES also benefit from the warmer valley outskirts and opposing northern slopes.
One of the best ways to completely immerse yourself in the Cape Winelands in South Africa is by staying on a beautiful wine farm. Waking
Wine farm Ataraxia, Hermanus
Ataraxia is home to some of the most spectacular wines South Africa has to offer. With its close proximity to the South Atlantic Ocean, the climate is particularly mild, ideal for growing cooler-climate loving grapes. Their wines are a pure expression of the soil in which they grow.
Wine farm Southern Right
Southern Right is a small Pinotage and Sauvignon blanc specialist located on a strikingly beautiful 448 ha property in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus.
South Africa offers beautiful vineyards, wonderful wines and a wonderful climate. South Africa is a perfect destination if you like wine and good food.
Three Wine Districts Tour – Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch
History, culture, nature and wines from 3 wine districts – the charming Paarl valley, Franschhoek who was established in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing religious persecution in Europe and Stellenbosch with some of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture, and the historic heart of the country’s wine region.
Potpourri Wine Tasting Tour in Stellenbosch
This tasting program introduces young and old wine estates and wine making styles across the spectrum from light crisp wines to complex and robust red blends. We learn about South African wines as well as how to pair wine with food. Your guide Jim, is South African, he speaks English and Swedish and is a certified tourist guide for all 9 provinces for history, culture and nature as well.
Organic and Biodynamic Producers Tasting tour
During this wine tour, we visit producers who are leaders in Organic and Biodynamic wine making. We are guided by a winemaker to hear their stories and to taste their wines.