The 20 Best Wine Farms in Stellenbosch

The 20 Best Wine Farms in Stellenbosch Tokara Wine Estate

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Stellenbosch is blessed with some of the most spectacular wine farms in the country, indeed the world, offering spellbinding views, scrumptious farm meals, superb wines, fun activities and a fantastic atmosphere.

With so many brilliant options –  the City of Oaks has more than 200 – it’s hard to know where to begin. So, we went in search of the best, where you can wine and dine to your heart’s content.

Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Note: Most estates are closed for one or two days a week; please contact the estates in question before you set out to ensure they’re open. Booking is recommended and, in many cases essential, for wine tastings and restaurants. We have not included Somerset West estates in this list. Alcohol is not for sale to persons under the age of 18.


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Lanzerac

The third-oldest farm in Stellenbosch (founded just 13 years after the town itself, over 330 years ago), and the first to commercially bottle and sell pinotage, Lanzerac is a majestic slice of history and a quintessential Winelands landmark. It’s risen from the ashes of a devastating fire in 2017 to emerge even more beautiful than ever.
The wine Three ranges, including heritage limited releases, the cellar master’s unusual blends, a pinotage rosé and MCC. Various tastings are offered, as well as a wine-and-chocolate pairing, in the elegant Tasting Room or on its verandah overlooking the vines.
The food Finer dining at The Manor Kitchen (for breakfast, afternoon tea, Sunday lunch and daily dinners); casual daytime meals at the Deli; gourmet pub grub and small plates at the Taphuis; whisky pairing in the Craven Lounge, a cocktail and cigar bar.
There’s more Lanzerac Spa offers exquisite hydrotherapy (and a special Night Spa Experience until 31 May); manicured gardens to explore; The View Point for super-special private picnics.
Stay The five-star Lanzerac Hotel is arguably one of the most beautiful in the Winelands.
Contact 021 887 1132,
Where to find it 1 Lanzerac Road, off Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch east

Hidden Valley

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Hidden Valley

In the foothills of the imposing Helderberg, Hidden Valley has grown into a foodie destination of note, with an impressive setting and beautiful views. The estate is also a WWF Conservation champion.
The wine Two hand-crafted ranges (Hidden Valley and Sebastian), including reds, whites, rosés and MCC. The Tasting Centre is a modern wood-and-glass building amid the vineyards, with a wide terrace. The tasting includes five wines and complimentary estate olives, plus there’s a wine-and-chocolate pairing and a cheese and charcuterie platter.
The food Modern SA cuisine (3 or 6 courses) by chef Bertus Basson at award-winning Overture; laidback, self-service alfresco meals with spectacular views at The Deck.
There’s more Lush gardens and a tranquil dam; a nature trail that passes through a wild olive forest; a special vineyard sunset wine-tasting experience for groups (10 or more).
Stay The Bush Lodge is a stunning timber mini-villa, with unbelievable west-facing views.
Contact 021 880 2646,
Where to find it T4 Route, off Annandale Road and R44, Stellenbosch south


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Tokara

Perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking a valley of vineyards, between the Banhoek Conservancy and Simonsberg Nature Reserve, Tokara is one of the most breathtaking spots to spend the day.
The wine The focus is on sauvignons, but other varietals also feature in two ranges (Tokara Premium and Reserve), plus MCC and a potstill brandy. Tastings are done in the stunning cellar or the art-filled Tasting Lounge. All wines are available by the glass at the Restaurant, alongside wines from other estates near and far.
The food Elegant, terroir-focused dishes at glass-walled Tokara Restaurant (à la carte lunches and 4- or 6-course set menus for dinner); family-friendly breakfasts and lunches at Tokara Delicatessen.
There’s more Olive oils are produced next door to the Deli; an impressive art collection (including three rare William Kentridge tapestries hanging in the Restaurant) and sculpture garden at the Deli. Tokara hosts an annual Rare Plant Fair and Open Garden (23 April 2022).
Contact 021 885 2550,
Where to find it Off Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch east

Rust en Vrede

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Rust en Vrede

Surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens dotted with rose bushes and towering oaks, historic Rust en Vrede (founded 1694) welcomes guests with warm and open arms.
The wine The focus is on full-bodied reds – sip the small range in the Tasting Room or under the shade of towering oaks. The winelist at the restaurant carries a wide local and international selection.
The food Creative, French-inspired six-course fine-dining at Rust en Vrede Restaurant (in the historic 1785 cellar or outside on the terrace), or combine a wine-tasting with a simpler Winemaker’s Lunch (steak or salmon) at the Tasting Room.
Contact 021 881 3881,
Where to find it Annandale Road, off R44, Stellenbosch south

Delaire Graff

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Delaire Graff

Situated on the panoramic Helshoogte Pass, Delaire Graff Estate (owned by international jeweller Laurence Graff) is the ultimate luxury package, offering incredible views, sophisticated interiors and superb dining.
The wine A range of award-winning reds and whites, rosé, MCC and a grappa. There are five tasting options in the luxe, art-filled Wine Lounge, with various snack platters. Or simply settle in for relaxed sundowners on the terrace with a glass or bottle of wine and a platter.
The food Modern bistro dishes with a local twist at Delaire Graff Restaurant (with a special chef’s signature seven-course set menu option); Afro-Asian fusion fine-dining at Indochine (with signature five-course selection tasting option). Both offer alfresco dining options under oak-shaded terraces with extraordinary Banghoek Valley views.
There’s more A garden filled with sculptures, water features and indigenous flora; a day spa that uses bespoke Jardin de Delaire products; three designer boutiques (plus the estate’s artisan chocolate, honey and olive oils); Tretchikoff’s iconic “Chinese Girl” painting in reception, and many other renowned local artworks.
Stay The Delaire Lodges are the last word in luxury retreats.
Contact 021 885 8160,
Where to find it Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch east

Haskell Vineyards

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Haskell

A serene and beautiful place on the slopes of the Helderberg, this estate is all about harnessing nature’s bounty with care and respect.
The wine Two small ranges (Haskell and Dombeya), with shiraz being especially notable. There are two tasting options, plus a food-and-wine pairing (small bites from the current restaurant menu). A cheese and charcuterie platter is also available.
The food Bold fusion flavours at Longtable Restaurant (with exquisite views); plus sourdough pizza and wine or a picnic on the lawns on weekends in summer.
There’s more A range of delectable deli products (think bacon jam, herbed ciabatta crisps, kudu biltong pâté) and endless hiking possibilities.
Stay The Residence and The Cottage offer stylish self-catering with mountain views.
Contact 021 881 3895,
Where to find it Annandale Road, off R44, Stellenbosch south

Kleine Zalze

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Kleine Zalze

Well worth visiting not only for its glorious position, Kleine Zalze has always been synonymous with excellent dining and great wines.
The wine Four ranges of wine (Cellar Selection, Vineyard Selection, Family Reserve, Project Z), including reds, whites and MCC. There are seven tasting options, with tapas and nibbles, and a food-and-MCC pairing.
The food Classic, rustic plats du jour and tapas plates to share at the Restaurant (its bedouin-tented terrace is fantastic); plus a special 2- or 3-course lunch menu on Sundays and gourmet burgers on Wednesdays.
Contact 021 880 0717,
Where to find it Kleine Zalze Road, off Techno Avenue and Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch south

De Meye

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: De Meye

Like a scene straight out of A Year in Provence… lunch here epitomises a Winelands fantasy: long, sybaritic lunches, under the shade of ancient trees, surrounded by vineyards (and the people you love).
The wine It’s “cabernet country”, but the boutique range also includes an extraordinary old-vine chenin, unwooded chardonnay and grenache rosé. Cheese-and-meat and vegetarian platters for two are available.
The food A cosy, unpretentious 3-course set menu (always changing) at The Table Restaurant, under the trees or inside a historic white-washed farm building.
There’s more The farm also makes essential oil from Provence lavender (you’ll see picturesque purple fields in spring and summer); a beautiful old barn for special functions; and De Meye is the home of the quarterly Retro Rendezvous Vintage Market.
Contact 063 025 6110,
Where to find it Muldersvlei Road, off Old Paarl Road (R101), Stellenbosch north


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Hazendal

Owner Dr Mark Voloshin has combined unexpected and charming elements of his homeland with the Cape-Dutch aesthetic of this corner of the world for a truly unique Winelands experience.
The wine As one of the oldest estates in the Bottelary Hills, Hazendal boasts a long tradition of winemaking, crafting wines that truly express the coastal terroir of this unique corner of South Africa’s Winelands. Two ranges (Hazendal and Christoffel Hazenwinkel), including reds, whites, MCC and a Spanish carignan. The plush Wine Lounge (in the old cellar) offers three tastings, with cheese and charcuterie platters, or step it up a notch with a Sensory Pairing Experience in the Wine Library.
The food There’s comfort classics and picnic fare at Babushka Deli; flame-grilled favourites (and beer-glazed eisbein) at Pivnushka Beer Garden; the Tea Room in the manor house serves a fabulous one-of-a-kind high tea; and a three-course dinner at the monthly Jazz Club events.
There’s more Marvol Gallery showcases international art, culture and history; the Cape-Dutch manor house is filled with historic items (including ancient maps); The Glasshouse is a Victorian-style conservatory space for private functions private functions, weddings and celebrations; or tee off at the estate’s 18-hole, par-3 golf course.
For the kids Wonderdal, an innovative fully supervised virtual edutainment centre, will keep them busy for hours. There’s also adventure mini-golf and a kids’ version of the high tea.
Stay The Homestead is an exclusive-use Cape Dutch Villa which can accommodate up to 10 guests in five spacious suites.
Contact 021 205 5620,
Where to find it Ronelle Street, off Kruis Street and Bottelary Road (M23)

Quoin Rock

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Quoin Rock

The Ukrainian Gaiduk family, who bought this historic estate in 2012, have transformed it into a state-of-the-art, architecturally striking destination that’s as visually stimulating as it is relaxing.
The wine Two small ranges (Quoin Rock and Namysto), including reds, whites, MCC and a Husk Spirit. A tasting of five wines is offered, in the Wine Lounge (with glass walls looking into the cellar) or on the expansive terrace. Charcuterie or cheese platters are available.
The food A fine-dining culinary adventure at Gåte Restaurant (three-, five- or seven-course menus), paired with wine or tea.
There’s more Manicured gardens dotted with mystical sculptures; eight stylish pergolas for gourmet picnics (complete with walkie-talkie to call your waiter); a striking steel-and-glass, marble-floored venue for functions.
For the kids There is a children’s picnic menu, along with lawn games, a jumping castle and a Fatsac to plop into.
Stay The Manor House is the highest residential property in the Western Cape, with unparalleled views of False Bay, Cape Point and Table Mountain.
Contact 021 888 4740,
Where to find it Knorhoek Road, off R44, Stellenbosch north


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Glenelly

This centuries-old farm has a French pedigree (thanks to owner May de Lencquesaing), a state-of-the-art winery and a beautiful setting overlooking the Simonsberg.
The wine Three ranges (Glass Collection, Estate Reserve and Lady May), focusing on reds and chardonnay. The elegant Tasting Room is on the top floor of the winery, with cheese and charcuterie platters available around lunch time. Wine aficionados will love the small selection of Château Pichon-Lalande wines on the bistro menu (from the owner’s French estate).
The food French-inspired, seasonal plates at The Vine Bistro, with alfresco seating on the deck or under the pergola, and a popular 3-course Sunday lunch.
There’s more The owner’s magnificent glass collection (500 pieces, from antiquity to Salvador Dali); a beautiful garden, olive groves and fynbos.
Contact 021 809 6440,
Where to find it Off Lelie Street, Ida’s Valley, Stellenbosch central

Longridge Wine Estate

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Longridge Estate

High up on the Helderberg slopes, a combination of Mediterranean climate conditions, cool ocean breezes and biodynamic farming make for award-winning wines.
The wine Three ranges (Longridge premium, Jasper Raats single-vineyard and Konkelberg lifestyle) including less-common varietals and MCC. The Wine Lounge, with its views of False Bay and Table Mountain, offers stunning sunset tastings with snacks.
The food Organic, farm produce-driven dishes at Longridge Restaurant (with verandah and garden tables).
There’s more Vineyard horse rides on weekends; being an ecofriendly estate, you’ll see ducks, Nguni cattle, owls and wildlife in the mix; a legendary harvest-time Langtafel (long table) four-course feast (this year on 11 March).
For the kids A special menu at the restaurant.
Contact 021 855 2005,
Where to find it Helderberg Road, off Eikendal Road and R44, Stellenbosch south


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Spier

The archetypal Stellenbosch wine farm, with age-old trees, sprawling vineyards and a pretty river, the focus here is on ethical farming and creativity.
The wine There are six ranges, including organic, vegan, and Cap Classique. Enjoy one of three tastings in the Tasting Room beside the dam (under an iconic Heath Nash-designed wine-bottle chandelier or on the verandah), with platters or a chocolate pairing if you like. The Spier Hotel has a Wine Bar.
The food Famous pastéis de nata and hearty meals at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery; grab-and-go picnic fare at the Farm Café (or book a basket) and find a spot at the new riverside area surrounded by boulders and the Eerste River; à la carte seasonal dishes at the hotel restaurant. Until 11 March, enjoy Friday’s live music and picnic Sunset Sessions on the Werf.
There’s more Explore the farm on a segway or with four themed self-guided walks. Spier has one of the largest collections of contemporary art in SA, including 31 outdoor sculptures and the Mosaic Kraal. Visit Eagle Encounters bird-of-prey sanctuary, browse the craft market, relax at the spa, and come early to harvest your own produce in the Food Garden. The magical Spier Light Art event is taking place on 18 March – 18 April 2022.
For the kids The Elemental Garden is an adventure to explore. There are also grape-juice tastings, a child-friendly picnic option, plus a Kids Clubhouse for guests at the hotel.
Stay Rooms at the Spier Hotel are clustered around courtyards with pools.
Contact 021 809 1100,
Where to find it On the R310 (Baden Powell Drive), southwest Stellenbosch


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Blaauwklippen

With its classic Cape-Dutch gables and old oak trees, one of the oldest (founded 1682) and most picturesque estates in the Winelands makes for a wonderful day out.
The wine Reds and wines, plus MCC, a rare Zinfandel (also used to make the unique Zin Gin), potstill brandy and an apéretif. The classic tasting includes five wines; there are also wine pairings with macarons, chocolate and fudge.
The food SA heritage food with wordly flair at Hamm & Uys; bistro-style meals and mezze at The Farm Shop & Deli (in the old stables, leading out onto a panoramic terrace)
There’s more A weekend family market under enormous fig trees, with a seasonal, local, organic focus; the Bike Park has a cycle shop, bike hire, guided trails and pump track (skateboarders welcome too); a tasting of three craft gins made on the estate, plus a gin pairing with nougat; gorgeous Fleur le Cordeur homeware at the shop; a fantastical glasshouse “cathedral” venue in the fields.
For the kids They’ll love the two jungle gyms with slides, ladders, swings and a zipline at the Bike Park; the deli does a special picnic box for free-ranging children.
Stay The Manor, spread over two historic buildings, offers exclusive group stays to remember.
Opening times Wine tasting: 10am – 6pm; Sunday until 5pm
Restaurant: 11.30am – 4.30pm (closed Monday & Tuesday)
Contact 021 880 0133,
Where to find it Off Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch south


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Waterford

The picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley is home to this scenic estate with its rustic yet modern terracotta-and-brick architecture. A gurgling fountain in the courtyard sets the scene for an unforgettable day in the country.
The wine A substantial range of reds, whites, rosé and MCC, including The Jem flagship wines. There are five tasting experiences, including the famed chocolate-and-wine pairing, and salt-and-wine tasting.
The food Salt-inspired culinary artistry at Salt (with lovely courtyard dining); handcrafted or heritage platters to share; gourmet picnics (packed in a wooden wine box) on the shady lawns on weekends.
There’s more Tour the vineyards on a Wine Drive Safari (three options, depending on how much time you have) or the fynbos-filled Porcupine Trail Wine Walk (with a light picnic lunch and wines).
Contact 021 880 5300,
Where to find it Upper Blaauwklippen Road, off Stellenrust Road and R44, Stellenbosch south

Vergenoegd Löw

Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Vergenoegd Low

One of the oldest wine farms (dating back to 1696), this place exudes heritage. It’s also where conservation of the rare endangered flora and environment is as important as what’s growing in the vineyards.
The wine Three ranges (Runner Duck, Pioneers, Legends), with a focus on reds, plus a Cape port, limited-edition Adam & Eve (a red merlot and unique white merlot) and MCC. Two tastings are offered, in the historic Homestead or outside at tables on the Werf.
The food An imaginative celebration of SA cuisine (including foraged ingredients) at Geuwels; plus picnic baskets filled with familiar local favourites under oak trees on the lawns. Coming soon is chef Bertus Basson’s new eatery, Clara’s Barn.
There’s more The famous flock of 1 600 pest-controlling Indian runner ducks can be seen among the vines (note that they no longer parade on call, but you can buy duck eggs); a national monument Cape-Dutch homestead.
Contact 021 843 3248,
Where to find it Faure Village Road, off Old Faure Road (M49), southwest Stellenbosch

Ernie Els Wines

Ernie Els Wines Stellenbosch Wine Farms

Hugging the slopes of the Helderberg, this modern, beautifully designed winery offers that sought-after Winelands experience, with its atmospheric wine cellar, laidback but stylish restaurant and view-drenched terrace.
The wine Three ranges (The Big Easy, Major Series, Proprietor’s) plus the iconic Signature Bordeaux blend, with the focus on cabernet sauvignon. Swirl and sip in the stylish Tasting Room (indoors or alfresco), with two platter options (cheese and charcuterie). The restaurant’s winelist includes wines, some by the glass, not included in the tastings.
The food Unfussy, hearty, classic favourites for lunch, with live-fire cooking ensuring perfectly grilled meat, fish and gourmet burgers. There is also a children’s menu.
There’s more A room filled with the namesake golfing legend’s trophies and awards; a golf chipping green; guided cellar visits; a vinotheque with older vintages for serious fundis; a library with comfy chairs and glossy books about wine, offering a quieter spot to enjoy a glass of vino.
Contact 021 881 3588,
Where to find it Helderbergpad, off Annandale Road and R44, Stellenbosch south


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Muratie

A wine farm with a decidedly bohemian feel, it captures the very essence of the Cape’s history in every nook and cranny (it was founded in 1685). Everything from the buildings to the artefacts and trees are relics of a bygone age, and the winemaking remains old-school, too.
The wine The first in SA to make pinot noir, and still known for its characterful reds. Tastings (a choice of three) take place in the Tasting Room (complete with cobwebs, old paintings and stained glass) or amid the cellar’s old, weathered wine tanks. There’s also a chocolate pairing.
The food Fresh, wholesome breakfasts and lunches, plus sharing platters, at The Farm Kitchen (in the old cellar or on the terrace).
There’s more Regular live music and an annual harvest party (on 5 + 6 March 2022); Mok art gallery in a 1685 house; hiking, running and biking trails (the Dirtopia centre is based here – join a monthly sunset/full moon hike); a magical clear-walled marquee venue (Muratie Canvas) as well as a Distillery (opening in February 2022).
For the kids A special menu for them at the Farm Kitchen; ducks and dogs, donkeys and alpacas, and lots of ancient, enchanted nooks to explore.
Stay The GP Canitz Guest Cottage (named after the artist whose studio it once was) immerses you in authentic wine-farm life.
Contact 021 865 2330,
Where to find it Off Knorhoek Road and R44, Stellenbosch north


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Delheim

The Sperling family are Winelands legends (“Spatz” was the first to make a pinotage rosé back in 1976, and came up with the idea of a Stellenbosch “wine route”). Their farm high on the slopes of the Simonsberg is warm and hospitable.
The wine A large range of reds and whites, as well as MCC and two sweet wines (Edelsptaz and Spatzendreck). Two tastings are available, in the cool cellar downstairs or outside on the patio.
The food Bistro-style fare with German twists at the Garden Restaurant (with views of Table Mountain); there is also a delectable list of food-and-wine pairings to suit every taste.
There’s more Mountain-bike trails through forest and a river to stroll beside; known for wild mushroom foraging in winter, as well as cosy jazz-and-cheese fondues.
Contact 021 888 4600,
Where to find it Off Knorhoek Road and R44, Stellenbosch north


Warwick Wines Stellenbosch Wine Farm

At this picturesque, high-end winery in the foothills of the Simonsberg, they’ve been innovating and doing things a little differently for decades. As they say, there’s a “story in every bottle”.
The wine A cabernet franc specialist (notably the Trilogy), there are two ranges of reds and whites (Estate and The First Lady) plus MCC and 10YO brandy. There are three tastings or two food pairings (gourmet or sweet-and-savoury), best enjoyed on the deck (or inside beside the fireplace in winter).
The food Platters on the terrace; or one of the most decadent picnics around, enjoyed in timber picnic pods (each named after the wines) or under an umbrella on beanbags beside the lake.
There’s more A drive in an open vehicle to visit the “big five” vineyards; a boules court.
For the kids There are children’s picnic baskets, a playpark (and fountains to splash in), and the vineyard safari includes a family-friendly trip.
Contact 021 884 4410,
Where to find it Off R44, Stellenbosch north


Best Stellenbosch Wine Farms: Neethlingshof

Another of Stellenbosch’s grand old estates (established 1692), with perfectly preserved Cape-Dutch architecture. In the winery, however, it’s very modern and their strictly vegan winemaking policy is an indication of the care taken of their beautiful environment.
The wine Three ranges (Estate, 1802 Collection, Short Story Collection) of reds and whites, including a gewürtztraminer. There are four tastings and three pairings (choc truffles, flash food/slow wine and texture & taste), enjoyed in the Tasting Centre or popular Wine Garden.
The food Salt-inspired bistro lunches at Salt Deli in the gracious homestead; laidback lunches (pizzas, flammküchen and platters) in the Wine Garden.
There’s more Wine Down Wednesdays is all about sundowners with live music (and the same on First Sundays, from noon); an outlet of local roastery 18 Coffee (pick up a camo-print packet of Die Spoorsnyer); manicured gardens and rare renosterveld flora.
For the kids A kids’ “pairing” of three treats with three soft drinks in wine glasses.
Contact 021 883 8988,
Where to find it Mitchells Road, off Polkadraai Rd (M12), Stellenbosch west

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Time of publication: 16 February 2022

11 Responses to “The 20 Best Wine Farms in Stellenbosch”

  1. Panduleni

    I love to see it..

    I’m growing fond of various kinds of wine and keenly looking forward to visiting many of the best wine farms is Stellenobsch.😍

  2. Claudia Preston-Thomas

    Would love to be well informed about the latest happenings!
    Thank you😊

  3. Noeliene Vosloo

    I have been living in the Western Cape for about 20 years and have only started experiencing new places since receiving your mails. Very impressed.

  4. Wendy

    Looking for wine farm that have set up menu . I am looking to celebrate my birthday lunch

  5. Hermine

    enjoyed seeing all the places!

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    • Claude Felbert

      You missed some important ones. but I guess any such list is subjective unless there is a financial consideration.