A Guide To Wine Tasting In Cape Town

Sip-and-swirl your way through Cape Town.

Do you see yourself as a wine connoisseur or are you just lover of a good glass of vino? Either way, if you would like to broaden your understanding of fine wine, Cape Town is a great destination to do so as it has the country’s oldest and best wine farms. The mother city and its surroundings are world-renowned for its fine wines. Wine connoisseurs from across the globe come to Cape Town to experience its beautiful Winelands that stretches from Constantia (where it all began) to Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and beyond.

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If you are a total beginner to wine tasting, here are some tips:

  • Swirl the wine that is in your glass with your wrist, not your arm.
  • When swirling your wine it creates a film on the inside of the glass this is called “legs”. Thin “legs”/film means it is a light body and thicker “legs” appear when it is a fuller bodied wine.
  • Keep your mouth slightly open when sniffing the aroma of the wine.
  • You should take in some air with your first sip of wine to aerate the wine and release more of its aromas.
  • Swish the wine around in your mouth before either spitting it out or swallowing.
  • If sweetness, alcohol, acidity, and Tannin are all well balanced then it is a good quality wine.
  • The longer you can taste the aromas after the wine has been swallowed or spat out the better the quality of the wine.

Practice makes perfect so choose one of the many wonderful wine farms Cape Town has to offer and get tasting!

Here are some of the best wine tasting farms in and around Cape Town:

LA MOTTE WINE ESTATE

“Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape winelands, La Motte is home to the finest wines, recognised internationally for exceptional quality. With its picturesque setting, traditional cuisine and historic charm, La Motte is an enchanting choice for those who appreciate the finer things in life.”

La Motte Wine Estate offers you the opportunity to taste and experience their award-winning fine wines in their cosy and inviting tasting facility.

They have three different tastings to choose from:

Vintage tasting: Starting at R50 pp you get a tutored tasting of the current vintages they have on offer

Vineotique tasting: R200pp Learn more about the history and evolution of La Motte wines with this private and personalised tasting.

Food and wine tasting: R200pp This informative tasting includes a pairing of five La Motte wines with five tastings dishes created by Chef Michelle Theron.


website: www.la-motte.com

where: R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley

t: +27 (0)21 876 8000 | e: tasting@la-motte.co.za

 

WELTEVREDE ESTATE

“When you walk through the tunnels, you experience the feeling of generations ago: candlelight, silence, spider webs, the dampness and smell of wine aging, oak barrels and burning wicks.”

At Weltevrede you can experience a unique underground wine cellar tour and tasting by candlelight.

website: www.weltevrede.com

where:  R317, Bonnievale

Mondays-Fridays 08:00 – 17:00 & Saturdays 09:00 – 15:30

t: +27 23 616 2141 | e: info@weltevrede.com

 

 ZANDVLIET WINE ESTATE

A luxurious wine tasting experience awaits you at this award-winning winery that is on the outskirts of the Robertson Valley Wine Route. They are one of the first in the country to bottle Shiraz.

“Some of the magic is found in the soil, some in the cellar and much of it in the hands of a passionate team”

website: www.zandvliet.co.za

where: Zandvliet Wine Estate, Robertson Valley, R60, Ashton, Western Cape

Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00 | Saturday & Public Holidays: 10h00 – 17h00

t: +27 23 615 1146 | e: info@zandvliet.co.za

 

MARIANNE WINES

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“Multi-award winning wines, spectacular views… the full winelands experience.”

Enjoy a wine tasting in Marianne Wines’ large tasting room with stunning views of the Cape Winelands and Table Mountain in the distance.

They also offer a biltong and wine pairing where they pair three estate wines with locally cured meat.

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website: www.mariannewines.com

where: Valley Road – Off R44, Stellenbosch

Open daily from 11 am to 6 pm

e: info@mariannewinefarm.co.za | t: +27 (0) 21 8755040

 

VERGELEGEN ESTATE

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“Vergelegen to what it is today: a world-class Estate. With its world renowned handcrafted wines, a history spanning over 300 years, heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine.”

Wine tasting at the welcoming and award-winning Vergerlegen Estate starts at only R30pp. You will be guided and advised by knowledgeable staff as you taste your wine either indoors or outside overlooking the stunning herb garden.

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website: www.vergelegen.co.za

where: Cnr of Lourensford & Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West, Western Cape

Daily from 09h00 to 16h30 

e: info@vergelegen.co.za | t: 021 847 2122

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