• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vergelegen Wine Estate

    Situated on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains outside of Somerset West, Vergelegen is a national treasure trove of both historical building, cultural and natural heritage. The historic manor house, dating back to 1700’s, consists of the authentically restored and refurbished homestead, library, mill ruins, slave lodge site and surrounding gardens and vast expanse of natural vegetation. Various tours are available on the estate including Garden tours (the unique camellia garden and camphor tree forests), winery and cellar tours, historic buildings and library.

  • Klein Constantia Wines

    Dating back to 1685 and described as one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg in Cape Town, with views across False Bay. The 146 hectare wine estate originally formed part of “Constantia”, a vast property established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape. Klein Constantia was established in 1823 and has been a wine farm ever since.