The Cape Winelands region is the origin of numerous famous Cape wines, the manufacture of row upon row of grapevines, several of which were initially grown centuries ago.
Cape Town differs from the others in a lot of ways, but perhaps nothing more so compared to the variety of world-class wine farms. Listed here are five of the best wine farms.
1. Rust en Vrede
This family-owned farm has been specializing in manufacturing Cabernet, Shiraz as well as Merlot cultivars for almost 32 years, all of which are red wines. This Stellenbosch estate is still manufacturing a strong variety of reds: full-bodied Cabernets, Merlots, as well as Shirazes. Some high-profile celebrities are among its fans including Nelson Mandela which had its wines served up during his Nobel Peace Prize dinner. Nowadays, Rust en Vrede is probably most widely known because of its namesake restaurant, that constantly ranks one of the top ten in the country.
Located in what is known as “golden triangle” of Stellenbosch’s red wine region, it makes some of the finest red wines in South Africa and even the entire world. Rust en Vrede is exactly what every wine farm in Stellenbosch must be, world-class dining with world-class wines as well as a mission to generate outstanding wine in a very truthful and responsible way.
Vergelegen Wine Estate, located in the base of the stunning Helderberg Mountains within the city of Somerset West around the Western Cape, is among the most magnificent and ancient wine estates in South Africa. The farm started by the governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, during the late seventeenth century. Vergelegen means “far away” in Dutch and in those times it was definitely a long way coming from Cape Town. Then again, nowadays it’s a simply forty-five minutes from the mother city across the N2 freeway.
3. Mullineux Family Wines
The couple Chris and Andrea Mullieneux operate the family boutique winery, Mullineux Family Wines, around the Swartland that makes a little variety of classy wines. Their farm is within one of the best areas of the Swartland, that are mainly located across the shale and schist based Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, as well as the granite-based Paardeberg mountain.
Andrea Mullineux was raised in San Francisco and worked around Napa Valley just before going to South Africa, in which she found and married local winemaker Chris. Nowadays, their little winery generates award-winning Syrahs, that you can test in their captivating Riebeek Kastel tasting room.
4. La Motte
Gorgeous, conscientious, filled with integrity, classy and bold, La Motte wine estate in Franschhoek is definitely the whole package. The lovely, French-influenced town of Franschhoek is the core of the Cape Winelands, and so this wine farm, having a restaurant, is regarded as one of the best wine farms.
The age-old wine farm, it goes back to 1695, performs exceptionally well at everything it does, and even though this glaring achievement would usually be intimidating, the winery’s honest dedication to excellence and its particular commitment to sharing every single portion of itself with others makes it as friendly as it’s remarkable.
The name can be quite a tongue twister, however, this 1776 winery’s Boekenhoutskloof, Wolftrap, Porcupine Ridge, and Chocolate Block labels are truly tongue pleasers. A trip to their beautiful Franschhoek tasting room is filled with spectacular views of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains.
Boekenhout is a native Cape Beech tree and the figurehead of this particular farm is a woman who holds the dove of peace and hopes to represent the superior quality that is valued by the winemaker, Marc Kent as well as the winery.
Although right now wolves have been observed in the Franschhoek valley, a 250-year old wolf trap built by founders of the farm to the Cape are still seen. Therefore their Wolftrap range all the way. Their Porcupine ridge wines got its name right after the crested porcupine that appears in the farm.