The Western Cape has always been a big crowd-puller in South Africa. Apart from its abundance of beautiful mountains and beaches, the Western Cape is also home to over 100,000 hectares of vineyards.
From renting a thatched cottage overlooking the vines to wine tastings against the backdrop of mountains, here are five of the best vineyards in the Western Cape.
Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. If you are a foodie, you will certainly enjoy Babylonstoren's Greenhouse Tea Garden, where you can enjoy a cup of tea under the majestic old oaks, or experience fine dining in their signature restaurant Babel. Or enjoy an Italian inspired dinner from the recently opened Bakery, or even refresh your soul during their tea ritual on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Guests can also enjoy wine tasting and delicious platters at the Tasting Room. The wine cellar offers the opportunity to taste some of the farm’s first vintages. Some varieties you should definitely try include Mourvedre Rosé, Chenin Blanc, a 2016 Chardonnay, and a careful selection of other delectable offerings.
2. La Motte
Set in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, La Motte is host to some of the best wines in South Africa, which are also internationally recognised for their excellent quality.
Wine tasting is a long-standing tradition at the farm and you get to do it in a calm, relaxed setting, while a team of knowledgeable, friendly staff takes care of your needs. The farm is widely popular for its Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Sauvignon Blanc, which merge well with delicious meals straight from the in-house restaurant.
3. Rust en Vrede
The name “Rust en Vrede” means “Rest and Peace”, which is exactly what you get once you step into the vineyard’s restaurant.
Located a few kilometres from Stellenbosch, the farm has for 300 years been producing a wide range of reds: full-bodied Shiraz, Merlots, and Cabernets. Among its ardent fans was president Nelson Mandela who had the farm’s wines served during a Nobel Peace Prize dinner.
With more than 300 years of wine experience, the 2000-hectare Boschendal farm is a is firmly holding onto its place as one of the grandfathers of the winemaking industry locally.
The farm has a small wine tasting room that offers visitors a taste of beautifully balanced whites, reds and Methode Cap Classiques. Top, middle, and entry-level wines are up for sampling – but make sure you have a taste of the ripe, rich Reserve Shiraz.
5. Steenberg Vineyards
Set in the beautiful canvas that is Constantia, this vineyard offers various wine tasting options that include the classics like Klein Steenberg Rose, Echo Red Blend, and Steenberg Cabernet Sauvignon.
You can choose the wine cheese combination which includes the likes of Semillon and a 12-month-old gruyere. For the ultimate indulgence seekers, try out the vineyard’s Ultra-Premium Range.
Original article published on Bizcommunity by Jarred Manasse