10 Best Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Cape Town That You Must Visit
Cape Town, with its numerous landmarks and top attractions, has become one of the most popular travel destinations in South Africa.
The city’s moderate climate, sweeping mountain views and beautiful coastline draw visitors from all over the world to experience Cape Town’s culture and natural beauty first-hand and enjoy exciting activities like wine tasting in the region’s vineyards.
Take this list of the 10 best wineries & tasting rooms in Cape Town with you on your next visit!
The Vineyard at Keurboomstrand
This winery is situated between Stellenbosch and Hermanus on South Africa’s Western Coast. Its tasting room serves as a venue to sample its award-winning chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and syrah wines. It’s also a stunning venue for weddings and other special events, with breathtaking views of wine country overlooking Keurboomstrand Beach. We highly recommend visiting The Vineyard at Keurboomstrand on your next visit to Cape Town!
Located just outside of Stellenbosch, Tolhuis Wines is a great place to get into premium South African wines. The tasting room here also features fine cheeses and meats as accompaniments to wine tastings, which are available all week. Although by-the-glass options are few and far between, visitors will not be disappointed in their choices here. In fact, you can sample four different wines for R195 per person during happy hour every day from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., which is an absolute steal when paired with some of your favorite cheese or charcuterie dishes!
Die Plaas (Bantry Bay)
Die Plaas is one of my favorite wine-tasting rooms in Cape Town. The views are stunning with gorgeous mountains and views of Lion’s Head. One of my favorite things to do is to go there for lunch as they have a wonderful selection of delicious dishes you can pair with your wine (they also have outdoor seating). If you find yourself near Camps Bay, I highly recommend making time to stop by and sample some wine! As an added bonus, it’s incredibly easy to get to from any area on foot or by car. Make sure you check them out!
Klein Constantia (Constantia)
This small and elegant property offers free daily tastings of its wines and has picnic tables under a canopy of shade trees. Their estate is one of South Africa’s oldest, established by Hendrik Adriaan van der Stel, governor of the Dutch East India Company colony at the Cape. More than 300 years later, it is still family-owned. There are no tours but visitors can walk around and sample some great wines or simply soak up some sun with a glass of wine while admiring their beautiful estate. Perfect for a day trip from downtown Cape Town! If you plan on visiting Klein Constantia Estate for wine tasting, we recommend buying your tickets online first so that you can skip queuing when you get there!
Robertson Winery (Robertson)
With a history that spans over two centuries, Robertson is arguably one of South Africa’s best-kept wine secrets. The estate has played a major role in not only producing some excellent wines, but also acting as a breeding ground for many of today’s top winemakers who started out in its vineyards. On offer are red, white, and sparkling wines – with many winning awards at national and international levels year after year. Visitors are welcome to partake in an intimate experience at any time during their visit with tours being conducted on Saturdays by appointment only. Don’t miss out!
Vredendal Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)
When you think about visiting wine country in South Africa, you might find yourself imagining a pilgrimage to Stellenbosch, home of dozens of top-notch vineyards and wineries. While that’s certainly one of your options, don’t overlook Vredendal Wine Estate. It’s an extremely picturesque setting: green hills against a bright blue sky with loads of sunflowers—just like you see on postcards or calendars. The atmosphere is very relaxing and welcoming and there are plenty of interesting wines to try (and bottles to buy). In fact, it’s one of our favorite places to visit when we want to escape the crowds. For all these reasons and more, it deserves a spot on our list.
Fairview Cellar (Stellenbosch)
Located just a short drive from Stellenbosch, Fairview Cellar is more of a boutique winery than anything else. Their reputation precedes them and it’s easy to see why: great wine paired with fantastic views over False Bay. It’s an idyllic destination for anyone looking to enjoy their vino away from the city center (and crowds) while still getting to sample some of South Africa’s most exciting wines. And if you really want to get away from it all, you can always take a stroll down their private path which leads right onto one of Southern Africa’s most beautiful beaches: Clifton 4 Beach. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Du Toitskloof Family Wines (Franschhoek)
One of South Africa’s top wine producers, Du Toitskloof was established by legendary French winemaker Bernard Pontet in 1972. The estate, which covers more than 800 acres at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level, produces four ranges of award-winning wines: Franschhoek, Paarl Mountain Reserve, Original and Private Cellar. Visitors are welcome to tour a range of cellars and take a stroll through various parts of its gardens; there’s also a bistro restaurant that serves up authentic French cuisine made with fresh ingredients from its own kitchen garden.
The Glen, Drakenstein (Paarl)
The Glen is one of South Africa’s oldest wine estates, located outside Paarl on a hill overlooking Stellenbosch and Paarl Mountain. As one of only a few vineyards that do not own their own winery, The Glen relies on specialists to craft their wines. The vineyard’s signature Constantia Vines are grown with care and hospitality is always at its best when you walk through its doors. Choose from six red varieties including Pinotage, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot or choose among five white varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Colombar, Chardonnay or Malvasia Bianca as you indulge in your very own private tour.
Fancourt Estate (George)
Fancourt Estate is known to be one of South Africa’s top wine farms. In fact, it’s even been awarded with three consecutive Treasures of South Africa awards. The estate spans over 250 hectares, and is home to a variety of different fruit trees including 1,100 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, 800 Viognier vines and 700 Shiraz vines. The estate uses sustainable farming methods so that their wines are produced naturally. The wines themselves range from chardonnay to pinot noir as well as rosé, port and sweet wine. Whatever your tastes are, you’re sure to find something you enjoy at Fancourt Estate.