Lovers of red, this one is for you! Andreas Estate and Wedding Venue is a hidden gem, home to an elegant 18th-century house, surrounded by rolling vineyards and lush gardens. They only produce shiraz – an award-winning one at that! The estate is also home to luxury accommodation in a beautifully refurbished Cape Dutch house.
Visits, wine tastings and cellar tours are exclusive and by appointment only, so be sure to book in advance.
Mont du toit Kelder
At the foot of the Hawequa Mountains, Mont du Toit Kelder is planted with an abundance of red-varietal vineyards – cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and shiraz – all produced using a traditional, ecofriendly method.
Enjoy tasting and learning about these during a private tasting with owner and winemaker, Stephan du Toit. Make sure to book in advance!
Uplands Organic Wine and Brandy Estate
Tucked away in a corner at the end of a dirt road, you will find the rustic and unassuming Upland Organic Estate. The small fruit and wine farm has been producing world-class organic brandy, Grappa, Port, and cabernet sauvignon for over a decade.
What makes Upland unique is its dedication to organic farming techniques that are economically viable and sustainable in the long term (a slower process than normal). You can really taste the commitment of the owners, Dr Edmund Oettlé and his wife, Elsie, when you visit the farm.
Do not leave without trying the award-winning organic port, rated Best Port on the Platter’s wine guide!
Jacaranda is one of the smallest registered wine estates in the country – a characteristic that really shines through when you visit. The mini yet mighty farm is shared with two dogs, seven cats, several chickens, an abundance of birdlife and is planted with chenin blanc, viognier, chardonnay, shiraz and mourvedre.
Wine tastings, available by appointment only, are done on the winemaker’s stoep by owner, Rene, himself. If you are lucky enough to visit during jacaranda season (from late September to November), you might like to book a stay in one of their two farm cottages.
Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate
After all the wine sipping you experience on the road less travelled stop at Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate, an experience-it-all destination. Apart from their two onsite restaurants, they also offer accommodation, wine tasting and spa.
Pizza Vista and The Grillroom offers both informal and sophisticated dining options. Guests can lounge on the lawns next to Pizza Vista where children can cool off under the refreshing spray of the splash pad.