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
Zevenwacht Wine Estate
A leader in wine tourism, Zevenwacht was one of the first Wine Estates to establish a restaurant, hotel and conference facility and Spa on the Estate
Constantia Uitsig Wine farm with restaurant
We try to work as naturally as possible in the vineyards, using cover cropping, mulching and integrated pest management programmes. Flowers play a central theme at Uitsig too – welcoming a diversity of beneficial insects and bright colours to the vineyards whilst our farm-made compost enriches the soil.
South Africa offers beautiful vineyards, wonderful wines and a wonderful climate. South Africa is a perfect destination if you like wine and good food.
Golf, safari and wine tasting – Cape Town, George and Plettenberg Bay
The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. Mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, and vividly coloured wild flowers delight the eye. The delightful town of George, known as “The Gateway to the Garden Route”, graces a coastal plateau in a fertile area of lush greenery at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. Your break here will be beautiful and encompassing of all the wonderful varieties of nature.
Golf on the greenest of greens and an atmosphere of peace as you rest on your vacation. You will experience luxury, africa and nature at its best.Golf Travel10 Day(s)
GARDEN ROUTE, WINELANDS, WEST COAST & CAPE TOWN
The Garden Route & the Cape Winelands are iconic South African destinations. However some places are rather crowded and, to be honest, more tourist traps than fantastic experiences. In this itinerary, we’ve excluded these and focussed on the things that these icons do best: exceptional nature experiences, good food & wine and unusual wildlife. You will explore both well-known destinations and hidden gems. All accommodation is 3-4 star, and picked for its unique locations as well as comfort.On your own10 Day(s)
Garden Route away from the crowds
The Garden Route is an iconic South African destination. However some places are rather crowded and, to be honest, more tourist traps than fantastic experiences. In this itinerary, we’ve excluded these and focussed on the things that the Garden Route does best: exceptional nature experiences, good food & wine and unusual wildlife. You will explore both well-known destinations and hidden gems. All accommodation is 3-4 star and picked for its unique locations as well as comfort.On your own9 Day(s)
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.Wine trips1 Day(s)