If you are here that means you are researching wine Farms in Stellenbosch. Let me just tell you South Africa has some of the most spectacular vineyards in the world.
If you take a day trip about an hour outside of Cape Town and you’ll find yourself immersed in South Africa’s wine country.
While South Africa is known for its safaris in Kruger National Park, its exotic wildlife, some of the best cuisine, Michelin Star Restaurants, and stunning landscapes let’s not forget about the breathtaking Stellenbosch vineyards.
Stellenbosch is a cozy university town and the center of the wine region. White Cape homes, ancient trees, cozy restaurants, and cafés make Stellenbosch the perfect place to store your tent for a few days.
South Africa is also known for producing some of the best wines in the world because South Africa has the perfect climate for producing some of the tastiest wines in the world.
Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape variety. It is grown almost exclusively there, making everything from low-quality table wines to rich, concentrated wines with flavors of black and red fruits, spice, leather, and chocolate
Pinotage is a grape crossing of Cinsaut and Pinot Noir. It was first crossed in South Africa in 1925 in the gardens of scientist Abraham Perold.
Perold observed how Pinot Noir struggled in South Africa’s climate, so he crossed them with a very productive species: Cinsaut (called Hermitage). Perold’s goal was to create a wine that was as delicious as Pinot Noir but grew as well as Cinsaut.
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It is easy to assume they taste alike. Not true. In fact, the South African grape looks and tastes more like Shiraz even though Pinotage is technically related to Pinot Noir
There are some excellent wine tastings in Stellenbosch that will also allow you to taste a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir; the lighter Chenin Blancs and chardonnays; and unique varietals like pinotage and Méthode Cap Classique (South Africa’s version of Champagne).
I will provide you with a list of the very best wine farms in Stellenbosch where you can enjoy not only the wine but the stunning views and delicious cuisine as well.
The Stellenboch wine farms offer powerful and bold, yet sweet with amazing drinkability, and freshness with a hint of oak flavors.
Keep reading for my top wineries that you definitely should try if you are visiting Cape Town, South Africa:
10 Best Wine Farms in Stellenbosch:
- Boschendal Winery
- Waterford Estate
- Reyneke Winery
- Delaire Graff Estates
- Spier Wine Farm
- Dornier’s Wine Estate
- Warwick Estates
- Tokara Vineyard
- Bonus: VineHopper
1. Boschendal Winery
Boschendal (Dutch for bush and dale) is one of the oldest Wine Estates in South Africa and is located between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in South Africa’s Western Cape. Boschendal is by far my favorite Stellenbosch wine farm.
This Iconic wine farm is nestled in one of the most picturesque valleys in the Cape Winelands. With a winemaking tradition spanning over 330 years, Boschendal Wine Estate offers a veritable treat for wine lovers everywhere.
Boschendal Farm provides luxury boutique accommodation on one of the oldest farms in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. The estate is situated close to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and its delightful cottages are the perfect base from which to explore the area.
Offering warm hospitality, first-class cuisine, and charming accommodation, Boschendal will appeal to couples and families seeking a relaxing and peaceful hideaway in an enchanting setting.
It comprises 26 elegant and spacious cottages ranging from the historical Herbert Baker-designed Rhodes Cottage to beautifully restored farm laborer cottages.
I stayed in the Mountain Villa and lawd ham mercy!
This private wine farm villa sleeps twelve people and is perfect for a luxurious, adventurous, or relaxing family getaway. The villa has a fully equipped kitchen, two lounges, and a large terrace that wraps around the whole property.
Two master bedrooms with ensuite, four additional bedrooms, and two bathrooms all with air conditioning and mountain views.
Set up to entertain with an outside bar area, braai, pizza oven, and large swimming pool. Beautifully kept gardens, lawns, and a private lake.
If you are wondering what else there is to do at Boschendal Winery here is a list of additional activities plus how to book the Boschendal Picnic for your stay.
- Wine tasting
- Cellar tours
- Nature trails
- Mountain biking
- Swimming in dams
- Trout fishing
- Exploring caves
Click here to book a tour of Boschendal Winery!
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Stark-Condé is a family-run winery making handcrafted wines using tried and true traditional methods. The family property in the Jonkershoek Valley is 600 acres with 85 acres under vine.
This boutique winery is picturesquely nestled in the Jonkershoek Valley, just 3 kilometers outside town in Stellenbosch.
The setting is simply overwhelmingly beautiful – hence, the name of the Postcard Cafe.
What was intended to attract more feet to the tasting room; a little cafe linked to the winery has now become the winery linked to the Cafe instead.
The winery is intensively family-run; a German father, Japanese-German daughter, and Cuban-American husband co-own the winery with their two daughters working weekends to help in the fully booked cafe
In addition to being viticulturally ideal, the estate is visually spectacular and attracts visitors from afar. Meticulous viticulture, selected harvesting, hand grape- sorting, small-batch fermentation, patient barrel maturation — these are the guiding philosophies behind the wines.