• 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.

  • Graham Beck Wines

    Situated 10 km outside of Robertson on Route 62, the Graham Beck Estate’s Madeba farm, is situated in the breathtaking Breede River Valley bordering the semi-arid Little Karoo region. An ethos of farming in harmony with nature ensures Graham Beck Wines are making significant strides in protecting our precious natural heritage. The Graham Beck Robertson Cellar is a testimony to inspired vision and foresight. Bordering Madeba is the Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve, an area that extends to the eastern slopes of the Rooiberg. 1885ha of land had been registered with Cape Nature and in 2006 the Riverine Rabbit, a critically endangered species once thought extinct, was seen residing in the Breede Sand Fynbos section, the most endangered veld type on the site.

  • Merwida Wines

    The estate has been in the van der Merwe family since 1840, and home to Merwida wine farm. With 600ha of wetlands conserved on the farm, Merwida is proud of this healthy wetland with its abundant indigenous palmiet covering most of the area. This near pristine wetland, the largest along the Breede river system, supports a unique collection of aquatic insects, as well as many water-dependent birds and animals. The American Colonial Merwida Country Lodge offers an unforgettable stay or to host wedding or other function.

  • Schalkenbosch Wine Estate

    Schalkenbosch Estate is situated on the outskirts of Tulbagh, an easy 80 min drive from Cape Town. The Estate also offers three comfortable, fully equipped self-catering cottages set in the gardens of an old Cape Manor House. The Cape Dutch farm house dates back to 1792 and has been proclaimed a National Monument.

  • Koelfontein

    Koelfontein has been the proud heritage of seven generations of the Conradie Family. Cecilia’s Farm Shop on Koelfontein sells dried fruit & nuts and seasonal fresh fruit. One of the historical farm houses, Die Kloof, recently renovated, offers self-catering accommodation A walking tour of the farm follows a clearly marked-out route, which begins at Die Kelder and exposes visitors to interesting aspects of farm life, such as export fruit orchards, award-winning vineyards and farm animals. Hiking trails extend into the foothills and mountains themselves around Gydo Pass. Two-thirds of the farm is dedicated to the preservation of indigenous Fynbos, which includes the rare, threatened Lowland Fynbos. Flourishing indigenous vegetation makes it a bird-watching paradise.

  • Cederberg Private Cellar

    Dwarsrivier farm – where Cederberg Private Cellar is situated – is surrounded by the Cederberg Wilderness Area. The Cellar belongs to one of eight landowners whose property borders on the Wilderness Area. It offers unique wines with altitude, as SA’s highest vineyards, as well as plentiful hiking options, accommodation and wine tastings. Only about 300ha is used for farming, the holiday resort and staff housing, with the rest of this unspoilt land placed under CapeNature’s care – with 5,200ha under conservation. Cederberg farms sustainably and because this isolated area is virus free it has minimal disease, allowing for little to no chemical intervention. Wine tasting available on farm without reservation required. Accommodation: self-catering chalets and camping available at Sanddrift Holiday Resort on the farm. Access to many of the Ceberberg Hiking trails and rock art features, with permits available from farm shop. Office hours for accommodation bookings and shop (incl. hiking permits and maps):

  • 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.

  • Hermanuspietersfontein Wingerde

    The picturesque 320ha farm nestles in the mountainous valley area close to Stanford and the Atlantic Ocean. The farm is a haven for a variety of fauna including leopard, duiker, reebok, serval and baboon. All freely roaming the land. Untouched slopes are covered in fynbos; as well as concerted efforts in clearing land of invasive alien plant species. The vineyards are planned around fynbos corridors and pathways to connect biomes and provide access for animals and birdlife across all ecosystems. Tilling by earthworms, brings valuable underground benefits such as air, moisture, bacteria and soil-conditioning materials. The happy flock of ducks is in charge of biological snail control. Self-catering cottages are available on the farm. Visit the winery and cellar for tastings and the very popular Saturday Food and Wine Market at the Hemel and Aarde Shopping Village.

  • 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.

  • Wintersdrift Wine

    Wintersdrift forms part of the Fruitway’s Group in the Elgin Valley. A unique feature is the wine tasting and platform eatery at a railway station siding, with a commitment to local and sustainable ingredients. Although primarily an apple and pear farm, the first vineyards were planted in 2004, with approximately 60ha currently under vines and the Winters Drift brand was launched in 2010. The then owners, the Molteno Brothers, set aside 500ha of uncultivated mountain fynbos and were founders of the Groenlandberg Conservancy in 1998. The farm is registered with CapeNature to conserve the remaining areas of unspoilt fynbos. Wines can be tasted and purchased from the Winters Drift Tasting Station and alongside is the Platform 1 Eatery. Trail running also available on the farm.

  • Oak Valley Wines

    Oak Valley Estate in the Elgin valley is renowned for its apples and pears, greenhouse cut flowers and production of high quality, cool climate wines. A hiking trail takes the hiker on a walk across the Groenlandberg Mountains from the Elgin Valley, to Houw Hoek, Bot River and Villiersdorp. It is also the world’s first Bio-diversity wine route, which focuses on eco-tourism. All hikes have guides in attendance and cover a maximum period of 4 days. For more info and charges visit www.greenmountain.co.za There are 3 marked Mountain Bike Trails rated by MTB enthusiasts as one of SA’s top riding destinations: 14km Green Route (Family Ride) 24km Red Route (Stronger Riders) 32km Black Route (Advanced Riders) The Pool Room houses a restaurant, deli, wine tasting & sales counter. Accommodation in the form of a fully equipped self-catering cottage “1902”.

  • Elgin Orchards

    Elgin Orchards, situated on the ecologically sensitive Palmiet River in Grabouw, is the only wine farm on the western side of the Elgin Valley plateau to become a BWI Champion. Elgin Orchards have dedicated 116ha of their 771 ha farm, named Oudebrug, to conservation. Core to their conservation efforts has been the protection and maintenance of 6.6km of the riparian zone on the Palmiet River. The Palmiet Riet (reed), growing in this area, acts as a filtering system, naturally cleansing the water. The dense Riet also creates a lively ecosystem, creating a home for amphibians, insects, birds, reptiles and fish species. The farm is not directly open to public. Wines can be tasted through: Elgin Vintners, 19 Appletiser Road, Elgin, 7160.

  • Eikenhof Wines

    Eikenhof Farm, one of the Fruitways farms, is surrounded by the majestic Groenlandberg Mountains, which forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a World Heritage Site. Eikenhof is situated directly adjacent to the Groenlandberg Nature Reserve, with 55ha of pristine fynbos forming part of the Groenlandberg Conservancy and Green Mountain Eco-Route. Eikenhof is unique in that it has 3 small kloofs on its south eastern boundary where more than 50 species of indigenous trees have been planted, covering an area of about 3ha. Approximately 2 000 protea seedlings were planted back into the 55ha fynbos area after a fire in 1984. Easily accessible contour paths enable visitors to ramble through the area to enjoy this natural beauty spot. Farm not open to public. No tourist facilities are available on this farm – the contour path routes accessible through Green Mountain Trail (contact info@greenmountaintrail.co.za for more information).

  • Uitkyk

    The name of Uitkyk “look out” given to the estate is most appropriate. Situated on the southwestern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, it looks out across the Cape Flats to Table Mountain in the distance. The estate’s neo-classical manor house, completed in 1788 is one of the only three 18th century, double story, flat roofed, Georgian style houses left in the country. Unique attractions included the beautifully restored manor house, complete with murals on the interior walls in the entrance hall. Picnic baskets are available for order alongside the wine tasting.

  • 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.

  • Waterford Estate

    Nestled in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley this 120ha property was styled in the terracotta design of the classic Bordeaux chateaus of France, and boasts ancient citrus groves, vineyards, rolling lawns, water features and fragrant lavender beds.  Safari type Game Viewing Land Rover 2 hour trip through the 120ha Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg. Be expertly guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so biodiverse and viticulturally unique. You can take a tour of the cellar or even indulge in their Wine & Chocolate Experience.

  • Neethlingshof Wine Estate

    Neethlingshof Wine Estate, flanked by the Bottelary Hills and Papegaaiberg Mountains, is steeped in history dating back to 1705. The estate strives to balance nature and winegrowing.

  • 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.