Cheers! South Africa’s fantastic wine routes


South Africa is blessed in relation to wine and is dwelling to greater than 20 completely different wine routes inside its borders. From the cool west coast breezes close to Darling to the world’s longest wine route – Sure, South Africa is dwelling to the world’s longest wine route – within the Klein Karoo, we’re spoilt for selection.

In the event you don’t learn about all of them, we’ve tried to sum up a couple of of our favourites. From Durbanville, famend for his or her Sauvignon Blanc, to Hemel en Aarde’s beautiful pinot noir and the Porto fashion Cape Classic’s in Calitzdorp, there’s one thing to go well with everybody’s palate.


Beau Constanita. Image: Flickr Commons/ Tim Snell

Perched on town’s doorstep, the beginnings of South Africa’s viticulture could be traced to Constantia. Despite the fact that South Africa is likely to be thought of a New World wine area, its first vineyards had been planted in 1655.

Though the intention on the time was to not make wine, the primary grapes had been crushed and fermented in 1659 and in 1685, 750 hectares had been planted simply exterior Cape City, establishing what is understood at present as Constantia.

In truth, when Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St Helena island in 1815, he was allowed to drink wines from Groot Constantia, apparently requesting the farms Grand Constance 1821. (A bottle of this wine was auctioned for R967 300 in 2021!)

READ: Muscadel: the sweeter side of South Africa’s history

Despite the fact that South Africa continues to be thought of a ‘new world’ wine area, it doesn’t imply that wineries equivalent to Groot and Klein Constantia are usually not steeped in historical past. As for the wine, it speaks for itself.

Go to the Constantia Wine Route.

Durbanville Wine Valley

One other area only a stone’s throw away from the suburbs, the slopes surrounding Tygerberg Hill are famend for the world-class Sauvignon Blancs.

The cool, two-ocean-influenced local weather of the Durbanville Wine Valley is right for the sluggish and flavourful improvement of this varietal. In truth, Durbanville Hills ‘The Tangram White mix’ was awarded one of many world’s high 12 scoring wines on the 2021 World Sauvignon Blanc Masters.

There are 13 wine farms to select from, from the elegant, and world-class service of De Grendel, to the family-friendly farms of D’aria.

Go to the Durbanville Wine Route.


Vondeling Wines

Often called the gateway to the Cape Winelands, Paarl tends to be a forgotten stepchild in comparison with the well-known Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine routes, and that’s such a disgrace!

Nederberg Wine Property stretches again greater than two centuries, and with each KWV and Laborie’s tasting rooms smack-bang in the course of city, wine tasting in Paarl is nearly as straightforward as it’s satisfying.

With the city simply off the N1 freeway, Paarl is a handy wine-tasting choice, with loads of culinary choices to cease for a chew, and the neighbouring city of Wellington additionally has its fair proportion to supply.

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Stellenbosch & Franschhoek

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Not a lot must be mentioned about arguably South Africa’s most well-known wine area. Stellenbsoch is dwelling to some world-class wineries, some advancing the business extra sustainably, equivalent to Spier’s biodynamic method.

Others, like DeMorgenzon, take a extra eclectic method, taking part in classical music to their wines and within the cellar 24/7, one year a yr.

Read: Riding, wining and dining in Stellenbosch

From extra conventional, to trendy, and all the things in-between, Stellenbsoch has all of it, and each single one of many farms appears to make it work. The Stellebosch Wine Route boasts greater than 150 completely different routes, so even when you spend most of your life within the winelands, there’ll nonetheless be a vineyard left to attempt – so get tasting!


Creation Wines

With Hermanus being named Africa’s first UNESCO Metropolis of Gastronomy, that is undoubtedly a area for the refined palate.

In truth, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is considered probably the most thrilling wine areas in South Africa, famend for its world-class Pinot Noirs.

The close by Botrivier and Stanford wine areas must also not be missed. The Overberg is greater than only a weekend journey, it’s possible {that a} week received’t even be sufficient. You’ll simply should hold coming again –  and every time you’ll be assured to discover a new cause to return.

Visit the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route. 

Visit the Stanford wine route.

Visit the Botrivier wine route.

Breede Valley & Worcester

Springfield wine property. Image: Tyson Jopson/ Getaway Gallery.

Usually a forgotten area that individuals simply pace by way of on the N1 or their technique to the extra well-liked R62 by way of the Karoo, it’s straightforward to get caught on this valley of lots.

Read: 6 incredible wine farms to visit in the Breede River Valley

South Africa produces extra Chenin Blanc than another nation – double that of France – and the Breede Valley takes satisfaction in it.

The area used to promote most of its wine in bulk, however winemakers have banded collectively to type the Breedekloof Makers, the place they’re dedicated to creating a particular Chenin from chosen vineyards in every classic. Farmers within the area have been farming this selection for as much as eight generations, so that they know what they’re doing.

Additional on, Robertson wine valley has a little bit of all the things. Benefit from the beautiful wines of Springfield and Graham Beck, or hold heat with the soetes or Muscadel the area is known for.

Visit the Breedekloof wine route.

Visit Worcester wine route.

Visit Robertson Wine route.

Klein Karoo

The longest wine route on the planet can be dwelling to the port capital of South Africa – and a few of the greatest Port-style wines on the planet.

Stretching from Montagu within the west to Outeniqua within the East, the dry arid local weather is nicely suited to Portuguese varietals equivalent to Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barocca, good for port-style wines.

Similar to you possibly can’t name the drink Champagne until it comes from the Champagne area of France, the identical rule applies to Port, until it comes from the Porto area of Portugal.

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Nonetheless, winemakers in Calitzdorp have positioned Cape Classic in the identical customary as Ports from Porto. Calitzdorp might be the guts of the Klein Karoo wine area, which spans greater than 200 km. De Krans and Boplaas vineyard recurrently give one another a go in producing one of the best Cape Classic.

Visit the Klein Karoo wine route.

Plett Wine Route

Small and unassuming at 58 hectares, the Plett wine area is South Africa’s smallest (of the 100 000 hectares planted all through the remainder of the nation).

Additionally it is the nation’s youngest wine area, with its first winery, Bramon, based in 2000. Identified for its MCC’s, the annual wine and bubbly pageant offers guests the prospect to attempt South Africa’s latest wineries.

Visit the Plett wine route here.

Tulbagh Wine Route

Free champagne tasting at Twee Jonge Gezellen farm in Tulbagh- sure please! Image: Getaway Gallery

A 90 minute drive from Cape City, lies the sumptuous Tulbagh valley which has one of many highest concentrtion of wine farms within the nation.

Most wineries are inside a ten km radius, which is why we as soon as did a cycing wine tour by way of the valley, which you can read about here. and imagine us after we say its wheelie good.

Too sloshed to cycle? suppose once more.


south africa wine regions

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After you’ve conquered the steep Sir Lowry’s Cross from Cape City, you enter the world of actually cool wines, actually. The excessive altitude and coastal local weather of the Eglin-Grabouw valley prduces a sluggish ripening, and falvourful crop – good for the extra light sorts of Pinot Noir and Chardonney.

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In the event you delay by the go, you shouldn’t be – Elgin is definitely near Cape City than Franshoek, so there’s no excuse for scripting this area off as “too far for a day journey”.


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