SA Wine Route Destinations

Half the joy of heading into the winelands is discovering new places, people and wines that hit the spot. However, if you want a check-list of which cellars or sub-routes to focus on, then these are for you – see below.

Bearing in mind the tasting and travelling involved in wine-routing, it’s recommended that you choose an area and then limit the number of cellar visits to two or three – ideally in the morning and followed by lunch in the area. Remember that some wineries are not open on weekends, that many are closed on Saturday afternoons and even more are shut on Sundays – there are also those at which you need to make an appointment. If in doubt it’s best to check before you head out.

 

STELLENBOSCH

In Bottelary – Hartenberg, or Kaapzicht, Mooiplaas and Sterhuis.

Along the Simonsberg – Warwick, Laibach and Kanonkop, or Delheim, Muratie and Quoin Rock, or L’Avenir, Remhoogte and Edgebaston.

In Koelenhof area – Villiera, Simonsig and Beyerskloof.

In Devon Valley – Aaldering, Clos Malverne and JC Le Roux.

In town – The Bergkelder and the boutique cellars at Bosman’s Crossing.

In Stellenboschkloof – Super Single, DeMorgenzon and Jordan.

Off Helshoogte – possibly deviating to Rustenberg in Idas Valley, then on to Thelema and Tokara or Delaire Graff.

In Banghoek en route to Franschhoek – Zorgvliet, or Bartinney, Oldenburg and Rainbow’s End.

In Jonkershoek – Lanzerac, Rudera and Stark-Condé.

In Polkadraai Hills – De Toren, Reyneke and Mulderbosch, or Boschkloof, Nico van der Merwe and Saxenburg.

Along R310 off N2 into Stellenbosch – Vergenoegd, Meerlust and Spier.

Off Annandale Road – Guardian Peak, Ernie Els and Hidden Valley, or Alto, Haskell and Rust en Vrede.

Off Blaauwklippen Road – Dornier, Waterford and De Trafford.

Off Eikendal Road – Eikendal, Grangehurst and Longridge.

Off Winery Road – Ken Forrester, Le Riche and The Winery of Good Hope.

SOMERSET WEST

Somerset West – Lourensford, Morgenster and Vergelegen.

Near Sir Lowry’s Pass – Waterkloof, Journey’s End and Da Capo (Idiom).

PAARL

In Klapmuts area – Mount Vernon, Anura and Glen Carlou.

In Simondium area north-west of Franschhoek – Babylonstoren, Rupert & Rothschild and Vrede en Lust.

In Suid-Agter Paarl, against the mountain – Landskroon, Spice Route and Fairview.

In town – Laborie, Boland and KWV.

In Windmeul area – Windmeul, Ridgeback and Rhebokskloof.

In Voor-Paardeberg – Perdeberg, Ayama (Slent) and Vondeling.

WELLINGTON

Diemersfontein, Dunstone and Doolhof, or Wellington Wines, Bosman and Welbedacht.

FRANSCHHOEK

In the west – Allée Bleue, Solms Delta and Anthonij Rupert, or Vrede en Lust, Plaisir de Merle and Boschendal.

Off R45/Main Road – La Motte, Môreson and Leopard’s Leap, or Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence and Mullineux.

Up Uitkyk Street – Chamonix and Dieu Donné.

South towards Franschhoek Mountains – Colmant, Stony Brook and Boekenhoutskloof.

On the pass to Villiersdorp – Haute Cabrière and La Petite Ferme.

CAPE PENINSULA

On either side of Ou Kaapse Weg – Steenberg (Tokai) and Cape Point (Noordhoek).

Old Constantia – Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia and Groot Constantia.

New Constantia – Eagles’ Nest, Constantia Glen and Beau Constantia.

ROBERTSON

On R60 from Worcester – Rooiberg and Graham Beck.

Off R60 to Ashton – Rietvallei, Arabella and Ashton Kelder.

Off R317 to Bonnievale – Springfield, Bon Courage and Viljoensdrift, or Van Loveren, De Wetshof and Weltevrede.

To the south – Windfall and Lord’s.

DURBANVILLE

To the north – Meerendal, Diemersdal and Phizante Kraal.

To the west – Nitida, Durbanville Hills and De Grendel.

Central – Altydgedacht, D’Aria and Bloemendal.

DARLING

Ormonde, Cloof and Groote Post.

SWARTLAND

East of Malmesbury – Eben Sadie, David Sadie and AA Badenhorst.

In Riebeek Valley – Mullineux & Leeu and Pulpit Rock, or Riebeek Cellars and the boutique cellars represented at The Wine Kollective.

WALKER BAY AREA

In and around Bot River – Beaumont, Wildekrans and Gabrielskloof.

Near Hemel-en-Aarde Village – Hermanuspietersfontein, Whalehaven and Southern Right.

In Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – Hamilton Russell, Bouchard Finlayson and Newton Johnson, or Sumaridge, Restless River and Alheit, or Ataraxia, Domaine des Dieux and Creation.

ELGIN

Shannon, Elgin Vintners and Almenkerk, or Oak Valley, Winters Drift and Paul Cluver, or Spioenkop and Iona.

CAPE AGULHAS

Strandveld and Black Oystercatcher near Elim, or Lomond near Gansbaai.

TULBAGH

Rijk’s and Lemberg, or Saronsberg and Krone.

BREEDEKLOOF

To the north – Jason’s Hill, Slanghoek and Bergsig.

In the south – Du Toitskloof, Du Preez and Merwida.

WORCESTER

To the north and east – Nuy and De Wet.

To the south – Alvi’s Drift and Eagle’s Cliff.

NEAR CITRUSDAL & CLANWILLIAM

Cederberg, Driehoek and Tierhoek.

OLIFANTS RIVER AREA

Stellar, Namaqua and Lutzville, or Teubes and Fryer’s Cove.

KLEIN KAROO

Outside Barrydale – Star Hill and Joubert-Tradauw.

Calitzdorp – Boplaas and De Krans, or Axe Hill, Calitzdorp Cellar and Peter Bayly.

PLETTENBERG BAY

Bramon, Newstead and Packwood.

ELSEWHERE

Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal – Abingdon (near Howick).

Prince Albert – SoetKaroo and Bergwater.

George – Herold.

Malgas – Sijnn.

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