Some of the Most Popular Wine Farms in Cape Town

Cape Town is known for its wine region and is a favorite destination for wine connoisseurs from all over the world. Some of the best and oldest wine farms in Cape Town are recognized internationally for the fine wines they produce. Here are some of the most popular wine farms in Cape Town.

Steenberg Farm

Steenberg Farm

Steenberg is the Cape Town’s first farm which was established in 1682. The farm has grown into one of the finest wineries in the area over the span of 300 years even though it was not originally a wine estate. The farm produces some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Cap Classique in South Africa, along with several other celebrated varieties like the Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Nebbiolo and the ICON wine Magna Carta. Steenberg’s wines are primed to produce an experience that evokes the unique terroir of the estate through a process of environmentally considerate and dedicated winemaking.

Steenberg Wine Estate offers guests a selection of wine tasting experiences, with a Wine Tasting Bar, Tasting Lounge and Outdoor Terrace to choose from. Steenberg Farm boasts its 5-Star Steenberg Hotel which offers exquisite hospitality with spectacular views and plenty of history making it a complete leisure destination. Overall, the Steenberg farm is where heritage meets contemporary flair.

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards

The Cape Point Vineyards an award-winning wine estate located in the south of the famous Constantia Valley in Noordhoek. It boasts its panoramic views of the mountainous Cape Peninsula and magnificent sunsets over the Atlantic. The winery and vineyards are located on the narrow Cape Peninsula and are perfectly situated to produce award-winning white wines. Cape Point Vineyards produces arguably the most complex and fascinating Sauvignon Blanc in the Western Cape. The farm also includes a restaurant and function venue. Its Banquet Hall is located in a unique setting with 360-degree views of mountains, fynbos, vineyards, and glorious sunsets over the Atlantic ocean. The visitors can taste their award-winning wines and enjoy a cheese and charcuterie platter at the Cape Point Vineyard’s tasting room.

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia is the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa. The word “Groot” in Dutch and Afrikaans translates as “great” (as in large) in English. It is also considered as a provincial heritage site. Groot Constantia produces an array of award-winning whites and reds that ships around the world, including Shiraz, Merlot, and blended red Gouverneurs Reserve. It is only in 2003 that Groot Constantia also began production of a Constantia dessert wine, called Grand Constance. The farm also includes two top class restaurants and a conference/events venue.

Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia is a146-hectare wine estate which was established in 1685. It sits on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg. With its cool climate, this wine estate has been producing predominantly high-quality white wines including Sauvignon blanc and Riesling. It is also home to one of the world’s leading natural sweet wines, the Vin de Constance. Klein Constantia features a tasting room which is open year-round to cater guests wanting to taste their wines.

Eagle’s Nest

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Eagles’ Nest is a 38-hectare farm cradled in a secluded valley high up on the slopes of the historic Table Mountain. The farm was originally a refreshment station for travelers on the mountain pass between Wynberg and Hout Bay harbor. In 2000, fires destroyed most of the farm. It has since been turned into an esteemed wine estate, which is now known for its award-winning red wines. The farm makes use of a unique terracing system to maximize the sunlight hours because the vineyards are planted on some of the steepest agricultural slopes in South Africa. Eagles’ Nest is planted predominantly to Shiraz, Merlot, and Viognier and are maintained by hand throughout the year. Eagle’s Nest is open for wine tasting and sales Mondays-Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.

The Top Five Wine Farms In South Africa’s Cape Winelands

Favorite wines are largely a matter of individual taste, however awards and peer recognition, as well as export orders can usually be used as yardsticks to measure the success of a country’s wine production.

In the case of South Africa widespread international recognition has been a mark of the success of its wine production and the excellence of its many different types of both red and white. this been the case for generations and has only accelerated since South Africa came out from under the dark cloud of Apartheid.

The South African region most often recognized for the excellence of its wines can be found in the Cape Province, South Africa’s most southerly province – which is also home to what many South African’s regard as the Mother City – Cape Town.

The Cape Winelands (as the area where wine production is widespread) boasts many areas of excellence, centered around the towns of Franschoek, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Robertson, Somerset West and Paarl. It is these areas where some of South Africa’s best wine farms are situated.

It’s a difficult choice to make, but if one were forced to identify five wine farms that should be on every international visitors the following 5 would certainly be in contention.

#1 Rust en Vrede.

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Rust en Vrede has been around for over 300 years and produces some of the Cape’s most well respected Merlot’s, Cabernet’s and Shiraz (internationally know as ‘Syrah’) wines. Nelson Mandela has a keen appreciation for the wine produced at this estate and today it’s also known for it’s namesake restaurant which is consistently rated as among the best in South Africa.

#2 Vergelegen.

Vergelegen Winery and mountains

Established in 1700 that wine farm consistently produces wines that score extremely highly in the top 100 wines of the world. The scenic gardens are an added attraction for visitors. The Cabernet Sauvignon V has won multiple awards across the world and is perhaps the star of the extremely attractive Vergelegen lineup. As far as white wines are concerned those in the know will always take the opportunity to stock up on the very well regarded the reserve Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc range available from the estate, it is however the red that has been favorably compared to the best that France has to offer.

#3 La Motte.

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For some the La Motte Chardonnay can stand head to head with the best in the world – and the Sauvignon Blanc’s and Shiraz offerings are extremely well regarded as well. The Franschoek estate also plays host to the ‘Pierneef à la Motte’ restaurant – winner of multiple awards.

#4 Meerlust.

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A well loved and regarded estate Meerlust was established in 1693 and it’s Bordeaux blend Rubicon can be found in some of the finest restaurants across the globe. Other notable reds are the Pinot Noir and Merlot offerings. It also has a wide variety of very impressive white wines available. A visit to this estate will simply not disappoint lovers of red wine – while the whites are elegant and subtle.

#5 Rust en Vrede.

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This is one of South Africa’s most venerable wine estates being established in 1694. The estate produces only red wines and that focus has enabled it to built a reputation as one of the premier red wine producers in the world. The rich and velvety Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines are an absolute delight.

A visit to the Cape Winelands will provide a rich and varied experience for any lover of wine. As a bonus the value of South African wine due to favorable exchange rate is simply very hard to beat.