Wine estates and cellars can make the perfect destination for a chilly winter’s day. Think roaring fires, gourmet meals and a rich, full-bodied glass of red.
While Cape Town and its surrounding winelands are a premier destination during the summer months, winter in the winelands brings with it a special charm and host of activities to keep visitors warm and entertained.
South Africa’s largest and oldest wine club, Wine of the Month Club, shared 7 destinations for you to keep in mind this season, as well as which wines you should consider trying.
Estate: La Motte
Explore the grounds, art gallery and barrel room before heading to the tasting room to warm up next to the log fire with a glass of wine – the La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2015 is a great option. Make sure to enjoy a unique culinary journey at the Pierneef restaurant, which offers a winter menu and special food and wine pairings.
Estate: Constantia Glen
Found in Cape Town’s Constantia Winelands, Constantia Glen is one of the Cape’s most picturesque vineyards. Situated just below Constantia Nek Pass in a sweeping valley, Constantia Glen offers up breathtaking views and fantastic wines. Relax on the protected outdoor terrace and enjoy the best of the cosy indoors while enjoying a glass of the Constantia Glen Five.
Estate: Delheim Wine Estate
Another beautiful spot in Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg Mountains is Delheim Estate. Visit the “downstairs” cellar door and the quirky cobwebbed window. In winter, you will be greeted with a glass of hot, spicy glühwein. The Delheim Merlot 2014 is recommended as a real winter warmer.
Nestled in the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch, Lanzerac is an estate with a rich history, dating back to 1692, and is home to the world’s first bottled Pinotage. Snuggle up in the tasting room in front of the fire and enjoy some of Lanzerac’s finest wines, such as the Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage 2016. For a super-cosy experience, visit the Craven Lounge.
Fairview is a favourite for lovers of wine and cheese. This working farm, based in Paarl, is a great destination for anyone looking to taste fine wine and enjoy fresh, country-style meals. In the inviting tasting rooms, sip on a glass of the Fairview Swartland Shiraz 2014. On selected dates throughout winter, there are special food and wine pairing evenings.
Estate: Groot Constantia
The historic sprawling vineyards on the Cape’s oldest wine farm continue to be a popular destination for visitors. Explore the grounds on the Visitors Route, making stops at Cloete Cellar and the original Cape Dutch Manor House, as well as the Jonkerhuis and Simon’s Restaurants. Settle in with a glass of Groot Constantia‘s Constantia Rood 2015.
Estate: Kleine Zalze
This family-owned estate is home to the award-winning Terroir restaurant. Sample the wines of Kleine Zalze and the gourmet flavours of Terroir, where Head Chef Michael Broughton creates seasonal menus. Look forward to a winter menu and don’t miss out on the Kleine Zalze Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.