Are you a wine connoisseur? Do you love wine? Then, choose no other than Cape Town. The South African city is home to some of the best and oldest wine estate in the region that are located right in the back yard of the city.
However, Cape Town and its surrounding areas are considered as renowned wine region, internationally recognized for its finest legendary wines. While the fine winelands of Cape have extended to Stellenbosch, Freanschhoek and beyonf, it all started in Constantia – quite literally known as the back yard of Cape Town. Holding over 300 years old wine making tradition, the Constantia Valley and its surrounding region is well-known as the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere as the picturesque farms present here still produce world class, award-winning wines.
Here are a few best wine estates you should plan a visit in Cape Town:
1.Steenberg Farm –
The Steenberg Farm – Cape’s first firm has come a long way from the humble beginnings in 1682. Around 30 minutes away from the bustling Cape Town city, Steenberg is a destination that is steep in rich heritage. While not originally a wine estate, over more than 300 year history, the farm has established itself as one of the finest wineries across Cape Town.
2. Constantia Uitsig –
Constantia Uitsig is the wine estate in the Constantia Valley wine region. The estate standard as the host of award-winning white wines as well as great red blend. Besides, Uitsig is home to the recently inagurated Open Door Restaurant and a bike park for cycling enthusiasts.
3. Beau Constantia –
Beau Constantia is a famous boutique wine farm located at the top of Constantia Nek overlooking the False Bay. Vines are planted to an elevation of 350 meters above the sea level on some of the steep agricultural slopes in the Cape. The uniquely nurtured vines are spoilt with panoramic views of Stellenbosch.
4. Cape Point Vineyards –
Cape Point Vineyards is an award-winning winery with a function venue and restaurant situated in Noordhoek – located a mere 33 kilometer away from Cape Town. Being nurtured by the coolest breeze of the Atlantic Ocean on its doorstep, the wine farm produces legendary white wines boasting panoramic views of the mountainous Cape Peninsula and picturesque sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
5. Vergelegen –
Vergelegen continues to be the ultimate choice of the discerning visitors seeking a fully sensory experience. Providing world renowned handcrafted wines, boasting history spanning over 300 years, the wine estate has borne witness to many visit of heads of state and celebrities from all around the world.
6. Diemersdal –
Diemersdal – one of the most renowned wine farms in the Durbanville Valley wine region producing wine for more than three centuries. Originally under the watchful eye of Capltain Diemer, the Louw family took over the farm and still producing award-winning whites and reds for both local and overseas markets.
7. De Grendel –
De Grendel is situated high up on Tygerberg Hill and with the spectacles from Table Mountain, Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean, the wine estate combines a state-of-the-art winery that blends age-old wine making traditions and the latest technology.
8. D’Aria –
D’Aria comprising of two wine farms like Springfield and Doordekraal – is one of the oldest wine farms around Cape Town. Though this region receives above average rainfall during winter, there’s no need to irrigate the vines. It’s due to the availability of clay-textured soil preserving all the nutrients and water for the dryer summer months. However, the near-perfect conditions has given rise to a number of award-winning white and red wines.
9. Durbanville Hills –
Durbanville Hills , the place where viticulture and city culture connect is considered as one of the younger wineries located in Cape Town overlooking Robben Island and Table Mountain. Founded in 1990s by a group of nine grape farmers, the wine estate has been producing a full complement of export quality white and red wines ever since the inception.
10. Klein Constantia –
Klein Constantia is known for its award winning wines and located on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg. It’s home to Vin de Constance – one of the leading natural sweet wines around the world. Moreover, the cool breeze coming from False Bay to the south east makes for an incredible climate, producing predominantly white wines with a rich complement of reds.
If you really want a unique experience of legendary wines in South Africa, there’s no better to do it than with a private tour along the Cape Town wine estate with Mount Zion Tours and Travels. Fun-filled and informative with each experience custom made to individual preferences, Mount Zion Tours and Travels will bring you an excellent insider info and exclusive access to some of the best wineries in Cape Peninsula.
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