• Gabriëlskloof

    2016 Judges Best Red Gabrielskloof The Blend 2014 Gabriëlskloof is a family owned and run wine estate with sweeping views of the Babilonstoren Mountains and the surrounding wheat fields. The farm and vineyards were established in 2000, with their first vintage in 2009. It has 70 hectares under vine and 50 hectares set aside for conservation, mostly consisting of Overberg Sandstone Fynbos and some critically endangered Western Ruens Shale Renosterveld. They have rehabilitated the fynbos in the area below the winemaker’s house by collecting fynbos seeds over a period of time and then scattering them across the slope. A variety of birdlife has returned to the farm to delight birdwatchers young and old. Taste their wines and olive oil, accompanied perhaps by a hearty meat and cheese platter, or as part of their food and wine pairing. Restaurant, @Gabriëlskloof, entices with mouth-watering, sincere cuisine and a deli filled to the rafters with all things handmade, homemade, delicious and fresh.

  • Cloof Wine Estate and Burgherspost

    Sister estates Cloof and Burgherpost co-operate closely in both farming and conservation matters. With a combined total of 1,094ha under conservation, they contribute to the preservation of 611ha of Swartland Granite Renosterveld and 598ha of Atlantis Sand Fynbos – both highly endangered vegetation types. Cloof and Burgherpost believe in the value of investing in conservation strategies such as clearing of alien vegetation, supervised by a full-time conservation manager. On this West Coast land, there is a game camp stocked with locally indigenous mammals, and nature drives are offered to experience conservation in agriculture. Come for lunch, wine tasting, game drive or a nature walk. The Cloof Kitchen restaurant offers light lunches alongside the tasting room.

  • Sir Robert Stanford Estate

    Established in 1855, Sir Robert Stanford Estate is situated on the southern slopes of the Klein River Mountains overlooking the peaceful village of Stanford. This 164ha estate is member of the Klein River Conservancy with more than 200 species of fynbos under conservation, mostly consisting of Overberg Sandstone Fynbos and some Elim Ferricrete Fynbos. Since 2003, indigenous trees have been planted and 32ha have been cleared of alien vegetation. Access to fynbos areas is also strictly controlled to prevent fynbos harvesting, and quarries are being rehabilitated where sand mining once took place. Biological farming methods are used, such as turkeys that are kept for snail control, yearly planting of cover crops, as well as making their own compost and mulch. Visitors can stroll through the vineyards or enjoy a tractor ride to experience nature up close. A delightful country style restaurant, Madre’s Kitchen, uses only free range meats from the Overberg and local produce, keeping the food miles as low as possible.

  • Bouchard Finlayson Estate

    Located in the wine ward of Walker Bay, the 125ha property currently has 22ha under vines; the rest is covered by the spectacular indigenous ‘fynbos’ flora of the Western Cape.  Farm tour and nature walks guided by Bouchard Finlayson’s very own resident amateur botanist, Frank Woodvine, are available by appointment. A unique wine tasting excursion combines a scenic guided nature walk through the 100ha of protected Fynbos on the Hemel en Aarde Valley wine farm, with a tasting of its latest vintages and a delicious Bouchard Brunch Board with bread, olives, olive tapenade, in the cellar or on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.

  • Wildekrans Wine Estate

    This 1000ha estate is tucked away in the Overberg overlooking Walker Bay. Almost half of this large estate is under conservation, and Wildekrans is passionate about protecting natural habitats on the farm, from restoration of riverine areas, to creating favourable habitat for birds such as the iconic Blue Crane. A scenic drive through the farm boasts indigenous trees replanted and active fynbos restoration underway, with signage to educate visitors of the uniqueness of the natural species and efforts in restoring these landscapes. restaurant: Country themed restaurant, ‘Open’, offers a fresh, modern menu. Dinner by reservation for groups of 10 or more. Enjoy Food and wine pairings by winemaker, William Wilkinson.

  • Backsberg Estate Cellar

    This family-run winery is a leader in environmental care and innovation. In 2006, Backsberg became the first winery in South Africa, and the third in the world, to become carbon neutral. Backsberg continues to embrace sustainability. From bottling some of their wines in PET plastic bottles and installing a biomass furnace to manage refrigeration (cooling from heat) to largescale tree planting, Backsberg has also set itself the ambitious goal of generating all its own fuel and electricity from renewable sources. Its aim is to go off the grid and be energy independent. Restaurant and wine tasting available with no reservation required.

  • Spier Wine Farm

    Spier Wine Farm outside of Stellenbosch, on the banks of the Eerste River, offers a host of activities on one farm. There’s a hotel and conference centre, wine tasting, multiple restaurants, from formal to on the go deli and coffee shop, where local grown, organic food choices are available. Amble through the Spier farmstead and view the historic buildings including the 1822 Manor House and South Africa’s oldest dated freestanding wine cellar (1767). Spier has one of the most extensive contemporary South African art collections in the country, and a small selection is displayed in the public spaces at the Manor House, Conference Centre, Hotel and wine tasting room. Eight restaurant is a farm to table eating experience, using produce that is either grown on Spier or sourced from nearby farmers to create nourishing, healthy, and delicious food.

  • Hidden Valley Wine

    The gardens on the Hidden Valley Farm have been created with care and sensitivity for the environment, including indigenous wild olive forests in the valley alongside the inspired creation of an indigenous and environmentally sensitive landscape.  Their tasting centre offers stunning views, award winning wines and olive oil tastings. Overture Restaurant has been rated by Eat Out as one of top 10 South African Restaurants for six years in a row and has acquired three stars in the Rossouw’s Restaurant guide for four years running.

  • Waterkloof

    Traditional farming methods have been introduced to provide a more balanced and sustainable ethos. Waterkloof has practised biodynamic farming since 2008 and the presence of free-roaming chickens and beautiful white and brown horses in the 56 hectares of vineyards is quite striking. These Percheron draft horses are used instead of tractors, thus minimising the damage to the soil and vines – and reducing carbon emissions. The chickens feed on insect pests while adding nitrogen to the soil, as well as providing free-range eggs for the restaurant. They also have cows to produce compost and Dorper sheep in the vineyards to control weeds.

  • Clarke’s Dining and Bar

    American diner style food with a funky local flavour focusing on designer burgers. Owned by Lyndall Maunder, this hip and happening spot in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood is a real draw card.

  • Durbanville Hills

    Head a bit out of town for this one – but it’s worth it for the lovely setting and value-for-money wines.

  • Nitida Cellars

    Enjoy a farm breakfast and homemade products from over 50 different suppliers at this lovely vineyard’s farmers’ market. Catch it on the last Saturday of the month, or come another time to taste the wine and eat in the restaurant.

  • Vergelegen Wine Estate

    Vergelegen Wine Estate has won many awards for its wine, but that’s not the only attraction here. The gardens of this venerable estate are of special interest: the five camphor trees in front of the homestead were planted by the original owner, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The oldest oak tree in the country is also here, as well as an ancient mulberry tree. Explore the grounds, taste the fine wines or dine in the restaurant.

  • Zevenwacht Wine Estate

    Take hours over lunch at the restaurant at Zevenwacht – or you can order a picnic to enjoy in the lovely grounds, or even braai (that’s barbecue…) your dinner from one of their swanky braai baskets. There’s accommodation and a spa, and a play area for the children.

  • Groot Constantia 

    The first governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, had his own farm here, named after his daughter. Groot Constantia is the largest estate in the valley and has many of Van der Stel’s original buildings. Napoleon was known to be a fan of the wines of Groot Constantia. The museum in the stately Cape Dutch manor house offers a fascinating glimpse into the Cape’s colonial past.

  • Parliament

    Traditionally the Mother City has always been home to Parliament with Pretoria the administrative capital, but there is ongoing debate about the economic viability of this arrangement. Currently Parliament is made up of approximately 42% women. The present city mayor is a female Mayor: Patricia de Lille and the Western Cape province has a female premier: DA leader Helen Zille. Every year a Woman’s Parliament is held in August, Women’s Month. August 9th is Women’s Day honouring the day of the women’s march back in 1956 when over 2000 women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the Pass Laws.

  • Gesellig

    Gesellig is a bar meets restaurant meets loungy place with a homely atmosphere. The word “Gesellig” is clearly not chosen without careful consideration, its meaning being ‘cosy’ in Dutch, German and Afrikaans. Join their family for a drink on the sofas or a delicious lunch/dinner on the deck.

  • Waverley Hills Organic Cellar & Restaurant

    Surrounded by fynbos and organic vineyards this beautiful venue offers rustic country charm with elegant furnishings, exceptional food and world class organic wine.

  • GOLD Restaurant

    From the moment you walk into the ancient courtyards of GOLD Restaurant

  • Savoy Cabbage Restaurant & Champagne Bar

    Soon after it opened in 1998 this original restaurant quickly became a favourite with the gourmet set. Its clever design, a blend of very new with very old, is a great foil for the unique menu overseen by owner Caroline Bagley. Their dedicated champagne bar is a great place to go and celebrate just being in Cape Town.