More South African Vineyards You Should Visit For The Ultimate Wine Tastings
By Kelsey Marie
Did you know South Africa is a country renowned for it’s wine?
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a social wine drinker or a newbie; spending a few days at a vineyard in South Africa is always a good idea.
Not only do you get to taste a variety of wines, visiting vineyards gives you insight on the process of how wine is made.
A few months ago, we provided you with 5 wineries in South Africa that were worth visiting. Many of which were black-owned. Here are a few more vineyards you should add to your list:
This vineyard is located in Stellenbosch, a town known for their wines.
You can find the celebrated Chenin Blanc here which served as the location for Nelson Mandela’s 85th birthday party.
Since this vineyard is located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, the terrain from the mountain and soil create the optimum conditions for amazing Chenin Blanc.
For the ultimate experience, venture to the on-site tasting room for amazing alpine views. After that, try the wines with delicious food at the award-winning 96 Winery Road Restaurant.
Perfect for the red wine drinker, Anura Vineyards is located at the base of the Simonsberg Mountains in the Western Cape.
The local varieties include Malbec, Mourvédre, Grenache and a Merlot Reserve that has received countless trophies and double gold awards.
Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting while overlooking the vineyards.
This vineyard is only a short drive from central Cape Town and is the first vineyard to be established in Constantia Valley — the oldest winemaking region.
Sauvignon Blanc is this vineyards specialty because of the sea-facing slopes and granite soils.
Spend time at the wine tasting bar, outdoor terrace and infinity pools.
Awarded the Junior Winemaker of the Year 2017, this vineyard is known for its blend of red varietals with a base of Cabernet Sauvignon called THE JEM.
Located in Stellenbosch’s beautiful Blaauwklippen Valley, you can go on a wine drive safari and wine walk while enjoying the award-winning wines produced in this vineyard.
There is also a wine & chocolate experience for those with a sweet tooth.
This vineyard is known internationally as one of the most scenic vineyards in South Africa.
Known for their dessert wine, Vin de Constance, this estate has been famous since the 1700s.
The Vin de Constance wine was once kept in the cellars of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
You can sample this iconic wine while visiting.
One of South Africa’s oldest vineyards, Spier can be dated as far back as 1692.
This is the perfect vineyard for art lovers — housing one of the largest contemporary art collections in South Africa.
Spier Wine Farm is managed and owned by a family who lives and works on the vineyard.
Tokara Wine Estate strongly believes that good wine, good food, and good art are the essentials of a good lifestyle.
This vineyard specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
The cool air at this vineyard makes for exceptional wine. They also produce cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
You can take in spectacular views of the Stellenbosch Valley, stay at one of their lodges and spend a day at the spa while visiting this winery.
The owner, Laurence Graff also has his private art collection on display for the art aficionado.
This vineyard produces both red and white wines.
Located an hour and a half from Cape Town in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (‘Heaven and Earth’) is one of South Africa’s most praised boutique vineyards.
Their Galpin Peak Pinot Noire is both award-winning and internationally celebrated as being the finest in South Africa.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie