5 alternative wine routes near Cape Town
Five wine routes near Cape Town
Most wine enthusiasts will have heard of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, and those who have had the good fortune to visit these idyllic towns in the Western Cape will know them to live up to their high reputations. However, there are many lesser-known wine routes in the region that are also well worth their grapes.
If you are an adventurous wine lover, who is keen to venture off the beaten vineyard track, here are five wine routes near Cape Town, as published in an article by Getaway, that should be on your tasting list.
1. Durbanville Wine Valley
The rolling hills of the Durbanville Wine Valley are so close to Cape Town that some of the 12 wine farms boast spectacular views of Table Mountain. Among them, Altydgedacht has the oldest functioning wine cellar in South Africa, while Durbanville Hills offers a seasonal gourmet menu that appeals to those with a taste for fine food, as well as fine wine.
If you’re looking for a particularly unique experience, then head to Phizante Kraal where tastings take place in the original chicken coop in inclement weather, or to Klein Roosboom where a little cave makes for an intimate setting to muse over a Merlot.
2. Elgin Wine Route
Elgin is known for its apple orchards, but there are also 16 wine farms in the area, making it great for grapes too. In Elgin, the options are plentiful - you can swim in a dam, enjoy country cuisine and picnics, mountain bike along one of the longest single-track routes in the country, or simply wine taste in splendour.
Music lovers may also be interested in going to a summer concert at the 600-seater Hope Amphitheatre on the Paul Cluver estate, while art enthusiasts may be keen to make a trip to South Hill to peruse the sculptures, ceramics, photography and paintings.
3. Hemel en Aarde Wine Route
Also known as the Hermanus Wine Route, Hemel en Aarde translates to ‘heaven on Earth’, and the 10 wine farms live up to the region’s name. Whether you wish to pair wines with wine jams or perfumes at Whalehaven, sip a Sauvignon Blanc in a chapel-style wine lounge at Ataraxia, or enjoy a gourmet food and wine pairing at Creation, there really is something for all tastes in this little corner of paradise.
So go on, reward yourself with a wine tasting after a self-guided nature walk through Bouchard Finlayson Estate, or indulge in a decadent six-course tasting menu at Newton Johnson after a day spent whale watching. This is heaven on Earth, after all.
4. Stanford Wine Route
The reputable restaurants and eight wine farms in the surrounds of Stanford make this tiny town a popular luxury getaway for Capetonians and tourists alike.
If visiting the Sir Robert Stanford Estate, be sure to hop on the Vineyard Tram to explore the vines, or indulge in a Grappa cocktail at the Fynbos Distillery. Alternatively, award-winning wines and build-your-own picnics await at Raka’s tasting room, and the restaurant at Springfontein is a popular place for a gourmet affair.
5. Helderberg Wine Route
There are five wine farms around Somerset West, and the glass-panelled restaurant at Waterkloof offers particularly spectacular views over Gordon’s Bay and Strand. Set on a biodynamic farm, you can work up your appetite by taking a horse ride or a walk through the fynbos before indulging in a three-course lunch. Nearby, Avontuur is a popular spot for a champagne breakfast, and the picturesque Lourensford is home to a harvest market on Sundays, as well as its own coffee roastery.
Take life one sip at a time at any of the luxury estates along these alternative wine routes near Cape Town. Just contact Elite Travel Concept to wind and wine through Pinotage paradise.