• Lourensford Wine Estate

    Nestled in the fertile bowl of the Helderberg Mountains in Somerset West, Lourensford Estate, founded in 1700, combines a proud history joins with a dynamic new vision. This magnificent property is steeped in history dating back to the time of Willem Adriaan van der Stel in the 1700’s. Today however it boasts one of the most technologically advanced cellars in the Southern Hemisphere, making use of gravity flow to further enhance the wine making process. The Estate is a 4500 ha agricultural farm and emphasis is placed on the conservation of the Estate’s unique biodiversity and rich flora heritage. Attractions include a visit to the Coffee Roasting Company, Wine Tasting Centre where you can do various wine pairings, including a kiddies pairing. The Lourensford market is open on Sundays and every other Friday during season and they offer a guided hike on the first Saturday of every month. There is also a variety of boutique cheese, olives and olive oil available. You might want to try their Merlot 2015, Shiraz 2015 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Open daily. Closed Easter Friday and Dec 25 Tasting Room: Mon – Sun 09h00 to 17h00 Public Holidays: 09h00 – 17h00 Wine Sales: Mon – Read more [...]

  • Earthbound Wines

    2016 Judges Overall Winner & 2016 Judges Best Red: Earthbound Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 2015 Earthbound Wines currently has no visitor facilities, but you can taste their wines within shouting distance of where the vines are planted at the Darling Wine Shop. You could be forgiven for seeing red when thinking about Earthbound. That’s because its red wines have driven its reputation for quality – and the vines are grown in (red) Tukulu soils! It’s only been known as Earthbound since it rebranded in 2013, to maximise the awareness of its not insignificant eco-credentials. Located on the 975 ha farm Papkuilsfontein, 373 of which are under vine – and 175 ha certified organic, this is one of South Africa’s most significant empowerment joint ventures, begun in 1998 between large wine corporate Distell, a group of black taverners from Gauteng and the local farmworkers. Earthbound is an accredited Fairtrade producer with farm workers benefitting substantially in the form of home ownership, community recreational facilities, skills development and tuition fee assistance for educational purposes. Wine tasting: Darling Wine Shop Mon-Fri 09h00 to 17h00, Sat 09h00 to 16h00, Sun 11h00 to 14h00

  • Org De Rac Organic Wine Estate

    2016 Bloggers Overall Winner & 2016 Best Value Winner: Org De Rac Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Despite its comparatively short existence, Org de Rac has made impressive strides, with nearly 60 ha under vine. Both farm and cellar are certified organic by Control Union, a global network of inspection operations and certification programmes. Org de Rac, the most northerly producer in the large and diverse Swartland wine region, is owned by Nico Bacon, a pioneer of eco-friendly viticulture in this area. The cellar offers visitors three ranges, including a well-rated all-Chardonnay bubbly, four-star Cabernet and Shiraz, with Chardonnay being the single white. They recently added a husk spirit (better known as grappa) to their range. The farm uses no chemicals on the vines, plants cover crops between the rows for additional nutrition, and employs ducks for snail patrol. Grapes are hand-harvested and sorted, and wine production – from crushing to labelling – is done on site. Visitors are welcome to walk around the farm and view the springbok and bontebok herds. Generous cheese platters and picnics are available (book 48 hours in advance). They also make organically certified olive oil, lavender and rosemary products, and stock chocolate sourced from ‘Africa’s Read more [...]

  • Bartinney Private Cellar

    Bartinney is set on the dramatic slopes of Botmaskop alongside the Helshoogte Pass overlooking the picturesque Banhoek Valley. Michael and Rose Jordaan repurchased the 27ha family farm in 2006, with a vision to create excellent wines and reawaken the charm of the historic land. “Our belief is that every aspect must work in harmony: agriculture with nature, people with animals, sustainability with excellence.” Bartinney is Carbon Neutral. This means that a zero carbon footprint in both farming and wine making has been achieved. 50% of Bartinney’s power is generated through solar. The farm has had Champion status in the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) since September 2010. Rose is a founder member and Trustee of the Banhoek Conservancy, whose goal is for the social upliftment of the poorer communities in Banhoek and environmental improvement of the natural areas of the greater Banhoek Valley. You might want to try their Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Vintage Elevage 2010. Wine tasting at the Tasting shed are R30 per person for three Bartinney wines. Mon – Fri 10h00 to 16h00 Cellar tours by appointment only

  • Paul Cluver Wines

    2016 Judges Overall Winner: Unwooded Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest 2014 2016 Leader in Water Conservation This family-owned, family-run wine business is located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley. The property has been in ownership of the Cluver Family since 1896. Their focus is on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir. The wine business forms part of larger holistic farming business called ‘De Rust Estate’. This estate forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere. Half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity. Dr Cluver has been a supporter of conservation projects, officially undertaking projects of his own on the estate since 1970. He was involved in the establishment and development of Groenlandberg Conservancy. Other features include a restaurant, Fresh, open from Wed to Sun; hiking trails; 5 day slackpacking on the Green Mountain trail; and summer open air concerts in the amphitheatre.