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Winelands

With so many sites to browse we've saved you time by putting together our own personal recommendations covering travel guides, things to do, eat/drink/dance, further-a-field and recommended accommodation.

Whatever and where-ever you end up we hope you have a great trip!

Phone: 021 875 5141

BACKSBERG ESTATE CELLARS

...not only a place to avoid the coach loads but a beautiful location with non-pretentious wines. Eco-friendly and carbon neutral since 2006 they have a great garden restaurant serving lamb spit roast and idea for kids.

Simondium Road, Klaputs, Paarl
Tasting & Sales
Daily 10.30am - 4.30pm

Backsberg Estate Cellars
Phone: 022 492 2825

GROOTE POST

...wonderful old farm located off a dirt road up the West Coast towards Darling. This award winery is well worth the drive and you can enjoy Hilda's Kitchen Restaurant in the historical farmhouse with original yellow wood floors and ceilings.

Cellar & Restaurant
Mon- Fri 8am - 5pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm

Groote Post
Phone: 021 874 1611

VREDE EN LUST

...close to Franshhoek this new winery with spectacular views of the valley is a great place for free wine tasting and lunch. Modern designed country bistro with well stocked deli.

Tasting & Sales
Mon- Sun 10am - 5pm

Vrede en Lust
Phone: 021 863 2450

FAIRVIEW

...one of South Africa's most successful wineries with its famous goats tower landmark caters for family & kids. With its cheesery, deli and Goatshed Restaurant it became world famous with its "Goats do Roam" label.

Tasting & Sales
Daily 9am - 5pm

Fairview
Phone: 021 843 3587

MEERLUST

...if you like your reds then this one's for you. Try the Rubicon and Merlot in a beautiful setting away from the crowds.

Tasting & Sales
Mon- Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 10am - 2pm
Closed Sundays & Public Holidays

Meerlust
Phone: 021 876 3688

HAUTE CABRIERE

...apart from a great variety of wines this cellar is built into the Franshhoek hillside looking back across the valley. The best option it to enjoy lunch in their award winning restaurant and sample their wine pairing menu.

Tasting & Sales
Mon- Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat & public holidays 10am - 4pm
Sun 11am - 4pm

Haute Cabriere
Phone: 021 864 5050

DIEMERFONTEIN WINE & COUNTRY ESTATE

...close to Wellington this beautiful farm is a new winery that is producing some memorable reds and you can linger longer and stay in the manor house and cottages overlooking the vineyards.

Tasting & Sales
Daily 10am - 5pm

Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate
Phone: 021 888 4900

SIMONSIG WINE ESTATE

...a great selection of sparkling wine plus you can taste their cheeses at the same time. Friendly and unpretentious.

Kromme Rhee Road
Tasting & Sales
Mon to Fri – 8.30am - 5pm
Saturdays & Public Holidays – 8.30am - 4pm
Sunday - 11am - 3pm
Closed on Christmas, New Year's Day & Good Friday

Simonsig
Phone: 021 881 3677

PETER FALKE WINES

...with giant cork screws scattered around the beautiful gardens you can enjoy a lazy tasting on large cushions on the lawn. This place mixes the old with the new and has a relaxing yet sophisticated approach.

Tasting & Sales
Tues to Sun 11am - 7pm
Closed Good Friday, Christmas and New Years Day

Peter Falke Wines
Phone: 021 876 8000

LA MOTTE

...owned by the renown Rupert's family this world acclaimed wine and vineyard is worth a visit simply to see how the best is made. 1000 tonnes of grapes are processed a year in their modern cellars.

Tasting & Sales
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Closed 23rd, 24th & 25th Dec

La Motte
Phone: 021 876 8600

GRANDE PROVINCE ESTATE

...over the last 300 years this place has grown and changed to its present form with a modern restaurant and art gallery. However you can still sit at a small intimate bar and sample some easy drinking wines.

Main road, Franschhoek
Tasting & Sales
Mon-Sun 10am - 7pm

Grande Provence
Phone: 021 870 4210/11

BOSCHENDAL

...although we would not recommend the wine tasting, as it does attract the large tour group crowds, we would say it's worth going for the picnics. You do have to pre-book but you'll be spoilt with their popular food hampers served at tables in the garden with waiter service. The gardens and lawns are expansive so you can chill and enjoy their sparkling wine which we would recommend.

Tasting & Sales
Daily 9am - 4.30pm

Boschendal
Phone: 021 884 4410

WARWICK WINE ESTATE

...the best vineyard picnic we're had to date! Huge lounge pillows, soft rugs beneath umbrellas and even glass holders spiked into the lawn. You can simply lie back next to the reservoir and enjoy a great choice of food. Unfortunately they don't make Rose but you can pay corkage and bring you own.

Tasting & Sales
open daily 9am - 5pm

Warwick Wine
Phone: 021 876 3384 

DIEU DONNE

...this is one of the best locations looking back down across the Franschoek valley to enjoy a wine tasting or their restaurant with breath taking views.

Tasting & Sales
Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm
Sat & Sun 10.30am - 4pm

Dieu Donne Vineyards
Phone: 021 713 2211

STEENBERG FARM

...highly recommend trying out Bistro Sixteen82 for lunch where you can enjoy their wines in a modern relaxed setting at the foothills of Steenberg Mountain. If you're just going for tasting they have a luxury lounge and bar with great views.

Tasting & Sales
open daily 10am – 6pm
closed Christmas and Good Friday

Steenberg Vineyards

HEMEL EN AARDE VALLEY

...okay this isn't one vineyard but a whole area. If you're heading out towards Hermanus then it's worth driving into this pretty valley (translated as "Heaven & Earth") which has new wines compared to Franchoek and Stellenbosch with spectacular views. Food wise try Newton Johnson's Heaven for breakfast or lunch and La Vierge Restaurant & Champagne Verandah further along the same road.

Hermanus Wine Route
Phone: 021 880 0717

KLEINE ZALZE

...this wine estate just outside Stellenbosch encompasses a golf estate and is also home to the much acclaimed Terroir restaurant. Book ahead to enjoy a friendly relaxing meal & wine beneath a large bedouin tent and oak trees.

Tasting & Sales
Mon-Fri 9am - 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 6pm

Kleine Zalze
Phone: 021 880 0557

DORNIER WINES

...beautiful setting, mixing modern and old architecture, this vineyard has a great outdoor restaurant which is kid friendly and very relaxed.

Tasting & Sales
Daily 10pm-5pm

Dornier Wines

DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE

...this is one of those places that will blow you away with no expense spared; the owner is the chairman of Graff Diamonds. Amazing location, views and food that's worth treating yourself for a long lazy lunch.

Tasting & Sales
Daily from 10am

Delaire Graff Estate
Phone: 021 876 4056

FRENCH CONNECTION BISTRO

...this is an easy going people watching bistro located on the main street in Franschhoek serving good food with a friendly atmosphere.

48 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Daily 12pm - 3pm & 6.30pm - 9pm

French Connection Bistro
Phone: 023 626 4134

MO & ROSE'S WINE BISTRO

...this bistro built, in an old barn, is worth the trip on the dirt road. With views across a massive cactus garden and Langeberg Mountains the very friendly staff serve up deliciously decadent food.

Robertson Wine Valley
between Robertson and Ashton on the R60 (Route 62)
Fri - Sun Lunch 12pm - 3pm
Summer daily Dinner 6pm - 9pm
Winter Fri-Wed 6pm - 9pm

Mo & Rose's Wine Bistro
Phone: 023 626 3661

SPRINGFIELD ESTATE

...this is a small family-owned winery that is perfect to bring your own picnic, sample their easy going wine whilst sitting on the grass enjoying the views with the family dog.

Off R317 -Robertson
Breede River Valley
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Sat and general public holidays 9am-4pm

Springfield Estate

BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF

...located in the furthest and most peaceful part of the Franschhoek wine valley this rejuvenated winery is producing some amazing products such as there easy drinking Porcupine Ridge and very popular Chocolate Block. Free wine tasting.

Tasting & Sales
Appointment only

Boekenhoutskloof
Phone: 021 867 0406

LYNX WINES

...no frills back to basic wine farm that uses traditional open concrete fermentors and a basket press. Great friendly atmosphere with passionate wine growers, lovely Rose.

Tasting & Cellar Tours
Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm
Sat 10am - 2pm

Lynx Wines
Phone: 021 876 2129

RICKETY BRIDGE

...18th century winery that is one of the most progressive boutique wineries in the Cape. With its own restaurant this is one to put on the list and while away the afternoon or just pop by for a quick sample; free tastings when you buy a bottle.

Tasting & Tours
1 December – 31 March Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 10am–5pm
1 April – 30 November Mon–Sunday 10am–5pm

Rickety Bridge Winery
Phone: 021 858 1491

WATERKLOOF

...definitely spoil yourself and you will enjoy spectacular high views down to Gordon's Bay. With it's double height ceiling and open plan kitchen the chef serves up contemporary classics where every ingredient has been sourced locally, a lot of which is grown on the estate.

Sir Lowry's Pass Road
Somerset West
Mon - Sun 12pm - 2pm
Mon - Sat 7pm - 9pm

Waterkloof
Phone: 021 847 2122

VERGELEGEN ESTATE

...over 300 years old this beautiful estate offers wine tasting, restaurants, picnics and 17 unique gardens to wander around. Boasting the oldest Oak Tree in South Africa you can just come here to explore the grounds or take in the permanent artwork collections.
Try the Stables Restaurant which is a casual unpretentious bistro style environment looking across the Hottentots Holland mountain range.

Tasting & Sales
9.30am - 4.30pm

Vergelegen
Phone: 021 713 2211

BISTRO 1682

...located at Steenberg Farm, the oldest in SA, we have had some amazing lunches here. A modern contemporary winery with tranquil garden and water features. Tapas and bistro style dining accompanied by great wine.

Steenberg Estate
Steenberg Road
Tokai
Breakfast 9am - 11am
Lunch 12pm - 4pm
Tapas 4.30pm - 8.30pm

Bistro 1682
"It was absolutely pleasure to stay here in this beautiful house. Everything was perfect! The staff have been exceptionally friendly, professional and helpful. "
Martin & Grant - South African
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