South African Wineries
All about the best wine estates around Cape Town
South African wineries produce their world wide renowned wines foremost in the Western Cape, where you find many excellent Cape wine estates producing first class wines.
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah... You name it, here you will find it here.
And the famous South African Pinotage wines makes many wine lovers heart beat faster…
The Western Cape wine estates are located in one of the most scenic wine regions in the world.
Mountain ranges and the sea form a breathtaking backdrop for the beautiful wine valleys in this South Western region of South Africa.
In the Cape region you find the oldest vineyards in the new world.
The first wine production was started in 1659 long before wine was cultivated in the Americas, Australia or New Zealand.
The most popular wine regions in the Western Cape
Here you will find a map with the wine regions and wine routes where the most famous South Africa wine estates are located:
The main wine regions around Cape Town are:
Constantia Valley Vineyards, Durbanville Wine Route, Stellenbosch Wine Region, Franschhoek Wine estates, Paarl Wineries and the Helderberg Wine Estates
These wine regions can all be traveled to during day trips.
A bit further from Cape Town, these regions make for great weekend trips: Worcester wine region and the Robertson Wine Valley
Short descriptions of the wine regions near Cape Town
The Constantia Valley is know for its proximity to Cape Town city center.
A mere 20 minute drive and you find yourself in lush green vineyards, the oldest in South Africa. Here are the famous wine estates of Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting.
The Durbanville Wine Route starts only 20 minutes north of Cape Town’s city center and is a peaceful heaven on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills.
Here are the renowned Durbanville Hills Wine Estate and Bloemendal and the great Poplars Restaurant at the D’Aria Wine Estate. But many others await you there too.
The Stellenbosch wineries are the most famous South African wineries. These Cape wine estates are all located around the second oldest town in South Africa and not only the lively streets of the university city will entice you but many of the countries best wine estates offer an allround experience. Here you will find the popular wine estate Oude Libertas, Waterford, Spier Wine Estate and many others.
Franschhoek is not only famous for its great French wine estates, but also for its French village atmosphere.
Bastille Day is celebrated in this town which got its name "French Corner" from the French immigrants settling here and starting their first vineyards. So you will find many great wines at all these great South African wineries.
Paarl and the Berg River Wineries are located at the slopes of the Paarl Mountain Reserve.
The wineries all offer great tastings and like the Fairview Estate give you some added attractions, like their cheese tastings and their popular goats.
The Helderberg Wine estates are some of the gems near the False Bay towns of Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay.
The climate is mild and the vines enjoy plenty of sunshine in this area. There are some great estates you just have to visit.