The Western Cape is filled with a number of award-winning and lesser-known wine farms. The alcohol industry suffered greatly during the strict lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic and is still recovering.
Here are some wine farms to support, as we are now able to pay them a visit once again!
Located in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson I sone of the country’s globally-acclaimed wine producers. It is known especially for its Pinot Noir, and it is located in one of the coolest wine-making regions of the Cape.
“The vineyards are surrounded by an indigenous floral conservancy alive with birdsong and wildflowers. Beyond the beauty of the farm itself, you can discover the enchantments of the local area. Some of the popular attractions of nearby Hermanus include whale-watching; shark-cage diving; mountain hiking or biking; browsing art, antiques and shops; and of course, the white sandy beaches,” the wine producer said.
They offer a wonderful vintage tasting, which is well worth the money.
Before you leave, make sure you get to try one of the Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir.
Villiera is a family owned winery in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, and are a pioneering quality wine company committed to preserving the environment and have been rewarded with membership to the Biodiversity of Wine Initiative.
“We specialise in Cap Classique and have a strong reputation for Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. We also commit ourselves to on-going education and upliftment of our staff and are WIETA accredited,” the wine estate said.
Their Standard Wine Tasting gives guests the opportunity to taste a selection of the Villiera Range (and/or Domaine Grier) at R40 per person, for up to six wines. Reserve Wines are available for tasting at an additional fee.
Be sure to try the Villiera Tradition Brut NV, as this is a speciality of the farm.
Founded on the values of family, community and sharing, the von Arnim family of Haute Cabrière has been harnessing the unique terroir of the Franschhoek Valley since the property was bought in 1982.
“Surrounded on three sides by mountains with varying soils and slopes, Franschhoek’s terroir is undoubtedly distinctive. At Haute Cabrière, we love thoughtful simplicity and so do not over manipulate fruit but follow gentle cellar practices to showcase our terroir,” the von Arnim family said. “Combine this with a passion for innovation and colouring outside the lines and you end up with a range of quality wines from Franschhoek composed of pioneering blends and intriguing single varietals for you to enjoy.”
Try their Pierre Jourdan Tranquile Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend for a lovely experience.