It was on 2nd February 1659 that Commander Jan van Riebeeck wrote an entry in his diary reading: ‘Today, praise to be God, wine was made for the first time from Cape Grapes’. This was the beginning of producing wine in the coastal city of Cape Town.
Today, the city is known to produce a wide range of world renowned wines. A perfect destination for the wine lovers, Cape Town has some well known wineries. Read on to know about them.
Saxenburg Wine Estate
Nestled between two mighty ocean bodies, Saxenburg Wine Estate is home to the award-wining Shiraz. The estate produces a wide range of wines, crafted using a combination of finest ingredients and other elements. Wines at Saxenburg are a collection of three different types including the Guinea Fowl, Private and Vintage collection. The Vintage Collection has some of the finest Shiraz produced in South Africa. Visitors can enjoy award winning wines in the most relaxed atmosphere at the wine tasting events and excursions organized by the estate.
Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Situated on the Stellenbosch Wine route, Zevenwacht Wine Estate is a 300-year old leading wine property in South Africa. The estate is known for producing a distinguished range of wines, crafted using unique ingredients and modern technology. Wines at Zevenwacht include the famous Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Tourists can enjoy a tour to the estate cellar for a firsthand experience on the mechanism behind the transformation of grapes to fine wine. Wine tasting events are a regular feature at the estate.
Lourensford Wine Estate
Nestled amidst the ranges of Helderberg Mountains, Lourensford Wine Estate is a beautiful wine property in Cape Town. Originally founded in 1700, the massive estate is known for featuring a vintage collection of wine created and crafted using authentic flavours and rich aromas. Popular wines at Lourensford include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and Sauvignon. Guided hikes to the nearby grape farms along with mountain biking to the manufacturing units are organized by the estate for the visitors.
Altydgedacht Wine Estate
Altydgedacht Wine Estate is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. Established in 1698, the estate is known for featuring a 300 year old wine cellar along with an open air restaurant serving some of the best homemade wines. Manufactured using traditional ingredients and modern methods, some of the well-known wines at Altydgedacht include Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Weisser Riesling and Merlot. There’s an in-house tasting room, offering visitors a chance to enjoy best in class wine.
Hartenberg Wine Estate
Located on the slopes of Bottelary Hills, Hartenberg Wine Estate is another famous wine property in the city. Established in 1692, it is well known for featuring a wide range of award winning wines. Classified across three categories, wines at Hartenberg include the popular Chardonnay and Riesling. The onsite underground cellar is one of the largest privately owned cellars in South Africa. Most tourists visiting the estate take up field tours to the nearby grape farms or enjoy wine tasting from a wide range of specially brewed wines.