Happy Wine Wednesday! This series showcases the best places to experience vino around the world. Join us for a sunny afternoon near Cape Town in South Africa’s Winelands region.
Winelands, South Africa
To the northeast of Cape Town lies one of the most famous wine regions in South Africa. Cape Winelands have been producing wine for more than three and a half centuries. The climate and soil variations ensure a wide range of wine types and styles. Wine tastings and tours are a daily occurrence, which makes visiting the Winelands a must for anyone who calls themselves a true wine lover.
1. Stellenbosch Vineyards
10 varieties of wine are produced at this vineyard with a picturesque view of the nearby Helderberg Mountains. Wine tastings at Stellenbosch include a selection of five wines paired with a hand selected charcuterie platter. Be sure to try their Flagship line as well Arniston Bay.
The Flagship wine has notes of florals, plum, blackberry, cassis, spice, and fresh herbs.
The Arniston Bay line is inspired by the sunny skies and beaches named after a fishing village of the same name. With its delicate flavors of guava and kiwi fruit, the Arniston Chardonnay is great for pairing with salads and seafood.
2. Warwick Wine Estates
Warwick has been family-owned and operated for three generations. Cabernet Sauvignon vines were introduced in the 1960s. The first cabernet sauvignon was bottled in 1984 and named “La Femme Bleu”- the Blue Lady. Two years later, the Warwick Trilogy was released. The trilogy featured a Bordeaux blend and comes from seven varieties of grapes. The Warwick website describes La Femme Bleu as “monster chocolately, eucalyptus, Ribena -soaked delight cloaked in a big, comforting blanket of fine grained French oak.”
3. Anura Vineyards
Located on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains, this vineyard planted its first vines in 1992. In addition to 11 varieties of white wine and 14 varieties of red, this winery also boasts handcrafted cured and smoked meats and cheeses with their wine tastings. Cheeses include Camembert, Brie, Bella, Marisch, and Manchego. Be sure to try the award-winning Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months, this complex Merlot is a cornucopia of flavors: blackberry, red berry, blackcurrant, mint, violet, dark chocolate, and coffee.
If Merlot’s not for you, try the Cape Ruby. This Shiraz is crafted from overly-ripe grapes picked towards the end of May. Matured for 24 months in French oak barrels, it hints of mint, freshly picked flowers, and aromas of hot chocolate. This port style wine is versatile. It can be consumed immediately or aged for 5-7 years.
4. Napier Winery
Located near Wellington, South Africa, this winery distills its own variety of brandy alongside its premium whites and reds. All in all, 10 varieties are bottled here. We recommend the Red Medallion; a premium Bordeaux blend of 5 noble grape varieties. After maturing for two years, this wine has pleasant notes of cedar wood and ripe plum. Enjoy it right away or age it for 16-20 years!
5. New Cape Wines
The owner and winemaker, Christiann Groenewald, grew up on a wine farm. Eventually, he decided to start his own. Two lines of wine are produced here: Eagle’s Cliff, a quality wine for every walk of wine lover, and Arendskloof, a range for the more experienced connoisseur. There are two distinct terroirs due to the varied soil of sand, stone, and clay. Try the Arendskloof Tannat Syrah – spicy, chocolate, and plum with pepper and black cherry.
Feel like reclining in the South African mountains, a glass of red wine in hand? Give us a call! We can customize ANY tour. Make your South African Winelands tour exactly how you want it.