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My Favorite Cape Winelands Wine Pairings

Whereas I’ve by no means claimed to be any type of wine skilled, nor somebody who bothers with all of the pomp and ceremony surrounding the ‘proper’ approach to drink wine – I positively take pleasure in and recognize good wine as a lot as one of the best wine connoisseur. Over the previous few years, I’ve loved my justifiable share of fantastic, award-winning South African wines. And with them, some unbelievable Cape Winelands wine pairings.


Confession: I like wine pairings. There’s something so enjoyable about making an attempt new flavours and/or meals with wine and seeing the way it alters or enhances the wine’s flavours and style in your tongue. And having tried all the pieces from mini bunny chows to chilli chocolate with high South African wine(s), I’ve positively sampled some distinctive wine pairings – now it’s time to share them so you possibly can too!

Help Our Native Wine Farms and Get pleasure from My Favorite Wine Pairings in One!

Photograph credit score: Alicia Chamaillé

As everyone knows, our native wine and alcohol industries have been devastatingly laborious hit through the pandemic. Even when alcohol bans haven’t been imposed on our native estates, folks have, understandably, been cautious to enterprise out. Most of us attempt to keep away from indoor areas or anyplace remotely crowded. So naturally, wine tastings (and enjoyable pairings) haven’t been very excessive on our lists.

If this has been you, I completely perceive and relate to how you are feeling. Fortunately although, many of the wine pairings listed under could be loved exterior or in well-ventilated areas. This implies you can take pleasure in these unbelievable wine pairings safely. (Additionally, all of those estates naturally have their very own COVID-19 protocols and security measures in place.)

So in case you are eager to take pleasure in a few of my favorite Cape Winelands wine pairings, go to lovely locations and assist our wine trade in a single (or extra) enjoyable outing, then this submit is for you! Let’s drink to that!

Villiera Wines: MCC and Nougat Pairing


This Stellenbosch property is likely one of the most down-to-earth and but completely spectacular you’ll encounter anyplace. I like all the pieces about Villiera: from their eco-friendly farming practices to the superb recreation drives, award-winning wines and relaxed farm environment.

Though they’ve a fantastic collection of wine pairings, together with chocolate and MCC, it’s their MCC and nougat pairing that I’ll concentrate on. At the same time as somebody who normally doesn’t take pleasure in nougat, this pairing blew my thoughts. (It was additionally particularly refreshing to take pleasure in after an early morning summertime recreation drive!)

This pairing looks like good worth too. Particularly as you get to take pleasure in 4 of the property’s high quality glowing wines paired with scrumptious nougat.

What it consists of:


It consists of 4 Villiera MCC wines with nougat tastings. These are paired collectively as follows:

– Grier Brut with the honey nougat and almonds/cranberries

– Villiera Custom Brut with honey nougat and macadamias

– Monro Brut with honey nougat and almonds

– Custom Brut Rose with Goji Berry, almond and rooibos tea nougat


Why I loved it:

As a result of it tastes unbelievable! It’s superb to see how fittingly the MCC and nougat go collectively. My private favorite was positively the Grier Brut and honey and almond/cranberry nougat possibility. Though the Monro pairing was a decent second for me!


Pricing per individual:

R125 per individual for 4 wines and accompanying nougat pairings.

Is advance reserving required/really useful?

Sure, reserving is crucial. Their tasting room is open Monday to Friday: 09:00 am – 17:00 pm and on Saturdays from 09:00 am – 15:00 pm.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 865 2002,

Web site:

Fairview Wine Farm: Wine and Goats’ Cheese Platters

Photograph credit score: Non Cease Vacation spot

It has been just a few years now since I visited Fairview for some wine and platters – however this Paarl property has a beautiful array of choices to take pleasure in.

Though you possibly can go to the Tasting Room straight for a singular tasting expertise in considered one of their 4, barrel-shaped ‘pods’, I nonetheless choose how we did it.

We dined on the family-friendly Goatshed Restaurant and ordered build-your-own-type cheese platters. Add a collection of cured meats and it turns into a veritable feast!

What I like most about that is you get to expertise the tranquil outside seating or high terrace (you may as well sit inside if most well-liked) and admire the property’s lovely gardens and grounds. To not point out, you may as well see the well-known Goat Tower from many of the tables too!


What it consists of:

As I discussed earlier, we ordered a number of objects off the menu underneath their Dairy and Platter Choice choices. (It was just a few years in the past so the choices might need different barely.)

If you want to imitate our strategy, you may attempt the Fairview Cheese Choice (R150). That is served with artisanal breads, preserves and chosen cheese platter choices, produced from Fairview’s most interesting Jersey and goats’ milk cheeses.

The enjoyable of that is you possibly can choose your personal choices utilizing the provided type in your desk. It makes it extra of a personalised expertise.

Photograph credit score: Non Cease Vacation spot

Along with that, we additionally ordered a tasty collection of cured meats (R135) and among the property’s glorious pink wine by the glass.

They’ve an in depth collection of white, pink, rose, MCC and dessert wine choices to select from. (You may usually order by glass or per bottle in your desk.)

Why I loved it:

Not solely was this a relaxed, beautiful approach to take pleasure in nice meals and wine however it looks like one of many extra personalised pairings I’ve performed. Primarily as a result of, in the event you order the Fairview Cheese Choice, you possibly can select your personal cheeses.

Photograph credit score: Non Cease Vacation spot

Pricing per individual:

I can’t give an estimate of per individual pricing for this one – however Fairview Cheese Choice prices R150 and the Choice of Cured Meats prices R135.

This excludes the wine and different ordered objects.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

It’s not required so far as I do know however I might positively suggest advance reserving for the Goatshed, particularly over weekends. You may contact them straight or ebook by their web site.

Nonetheless, bookings for teams of ten or extra are required for the tasting room. 

The Goatshed Restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday. Wednesday – Thursday from 09:00 am – 15:00 pm and on Friday – Sunday from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Their tasting room is open Monday to Sunday, 09:00 am – 17:00 pm. (Closed on Christmas and New 12 months’s Day.)

Contact info:

 +27 (021) 863 2450,

Web site:


Bloemendal: Wine and Ice-Cream Pairing


This Durbanville gem is one of the family-friendly estates anyplace and now with a tasty array of enjoyable pairings – together with a kiddies’ candy pairing – the entire household can take part or no less than unleash their inside youngster.


We visited this boutique wine farm for his or her glorious wine and ice-cream pairing however there are loads of nice choices, as in addition they supply nougat and chocolate pairings too.

Add to that, a restaurant, nice MTB trails and the Bloemendal Path Park and occasion areas – and this wine farm is good for visiting with family and friends.

What it consists of:

You get three wines and ice-cream flavours for R100 per individual. These are paired collectively as follows:

  • Bloemendal Waterlily Sauvignon Blanc 2020 paired with Nina’s granadilla ice-cream
  • Their Three Sixty Merlot Rose 2020 paired with Nina’s Turkish delight ice-cream
  • Their Waterlily Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 paired with Nina’s chocolate espresso ice-cream


Why I loved it:

The ice-cream flavours have modified barely since our go to. However, whatever the flavours, I liked this tasting. You’re feeling without delay like an grownup and a toddler. In some way, wine and ice-cream go completely collectively, particularly on a sizzling summer season’s day! 🙂 It’s enjoyable, playful and scrumptious. What extra may you need from a wine pairing?

Better of all, their sheltered tasting room spills out into the backyard so you possibly can sit exterior and admire your peaceable environment.

Photograph credit score: Alicia Chamaillé

Pricing per individual:

R100 per individual for 3 wines and accompanying ice-creams.

Notice: These ice-creams comprise dairy so they aren’t appropriate for lactose illiberal friends.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Sure, I might ebook prematurely, purely as a result of tastings are topic to availability and so they can get fairly busy, particularly on weekends.

Their tasting room is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 17:00 pm and on Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 am – 15:00 pm.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 976 2682,

Web site:


Lourensford Wine Property: Wine and Belgian Chocolate


This lovely Helderberg property, located in Somerset West, is one other family-friendly gem and one of the attractive estates round in addition!

What I like most about Lourensford although is that they’re a extremely attention-grabbing property to go to. You don’t simply have a tasting centre and eateries – there are boutique retailers, their well-known market, dreamy backyard areas and a lot extra to take pleasure in right here.


However suffice to say that when you possibly can pattern award-winning wines paired with decadent, wealthy Belgian chocolate… that could be a sufficiently big drawcard by my reckoning! 🙂

What it consists of:

For R110 per individual, you possibly can take pleasure in three wines and one honey liqueur with accompanying Belgian chocolate slabs. These are paired collectively as follows:

  • The Dome Chardonnay with orange darkish chocolate
  • Lourensford Property Merlot with darkish cherry chocolate
  • Lourensford Property Shiraz with darkish chilli chocolate
  • Their distinctive Honey Liqueur with darkish mint chocolate


Why I loved it:

Apart from the truth that the wines and the chocolate are all unbelievable – what makes this pairing so distinctive and particular is that all the pieces may be very elegant and beautiful.

I additionally love how as soon as unwrapped, the little chocolate slabs every present by texture and richness their completely different flavourings.

You actually get to style how the chocolate softens, sweetens or enhances the wines.


This was additionally the primary time I ever tried chilli chocolate and honey liqueur so it made for an uncommon expertise. The honey liqueur, which is produced on the property, is sort of attention-grabbing.

Pricing per individual:

R110 per individual for 3 wines, one honey liqueur and accompanying Belgian chocolate slabs.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

It’s not listed as required on their web site however I might suggest advance reserving to be protected.

Their tasting room is open Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 847 2300,

Web site:


Warwick Wine Property: Glorious Wine Pairings and Tasty Platters

Photograph credit score: Alicia Chamaillé

This Stellenbosch favorite, with its lush gardens and picturesque setting, is one other property made for exploring together with your family members.

Apart from their enjoyable, seasonal picnic pods and family-friendliness, Warwick additionally produces some lovely wines.

Photograph credit score: Alicia Chamaillé

A couple of years in the past, we had been lucky sufficient to hitch them for his or her Unique Wine Pairing.

Sadly, they now not supply this specific possibility however they do have an glorious vary of wine tastings, platters and pairings to select from. To not point out the delicious-sounding Flammkuchen.

What it consists of:

Though the pairing we loved just a few years in the past just isn’t fairly provided today (you possibly can nonetheless ask after the older vintages, Trilogy and Cab Franc although) – here’s a comparable one I discovered so that you can attempt: the Connoisseur Pairing (R150 per individual). Which, as a bonus, additionally consists of some attention-grabbing bites to eat!

The wines and eats are paired collectively as follows:

  • First Woman Brut Rose MCC and Basilei strawberry marshmallow;
  • First Woman Dry Rose  and Dalewood Hugenot one-year-old mature cheese;
  • Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc and goats’ cheese ball with recent basil;
  • White Woman Chardonnay and Basilei honey and almond nougat;
  • Blue Woman Cabernet Sauvignon and Ryan Boon beef biltong.

Or, you possibly can order a scrumptious cheese platter, just like the one we sampled, for R195 per platter (appropriate for 2 folks sharing). Their platters are glorious!

In addition they have a vegan and charcuterie platter possibility, if most well-liked.

Photograph credit score: Alicia Chamaillé

Why I loved it:

Apart from the standard wines, skilled service and scrumptious nibbles we loved, Warwick is only a actually attractive property.


I particularly love their outside forest courtyard, which affords gorgeous views throughout the backyard, rolling lawns and dam.

This makes for a soothing, peaceable winetasting expertise that you’re unlikely to overlook.


Pricing per individual:

R150 per individual for the Connoisseur Pairing, whereas their platters value R195.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Reserving are solely important for teams of ten or extra. 

Nonetheless, it’s maybe a good suggestion to ebook prematurely on weekends.

They’re open every day from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 884 4410,

Web site:


Esona Boutique Wine Property: Style the Distinction in a Candelit Underground Cellar


One of many winetasting experiences that has stayed with me over time, as a cherished ‘good’ reminiscence, was Esona’s quietly mind-blowing ‘style the distinction’ expertise.

This lovely boutique wine farm, located halfway between Bonnievale and the Robertson Wine Valley, alongside the Breede River, is likely one of the most particular that you’ll encounter anyplace.

With a personalised, heartfelt heat that emanates from husband-and-wife staff, Rowan and Caryl, proper by to their close-knit staff of employees, glorious wines and a very distinctive setting – Esona leaves a everlasting mark in your wineloving senses as solely it could actually.


What it consists of:

Esona has a pleasant collection of wines to take pleasure in.

You may select from the Normal Tasting (two vintages in Riedel glasses) or the extra elaborate tastings and pairings, whereby wine, artwork, confectionary and music are all included within the expertise.

Notice: Their customary tastings are loved on the deck, upstairs at Caryl’s Bistro or inside close to the fireplace.

(I received’t spoil it fully – however the Riedel glasses are additionally the explanation you actually get to style the distinction. It’s because the glass you drink wine from, actually does issue within the style and total expertise!)

Why I loved it:

We visited as a small media group and loved a beautiful, candelit wine tasting of their underground cellar – well-known for its century-old ‘kuip‘ (a cement and river-stone cistern that was previously used to make sure appropriate darkness and temperature management approach again when).


With music filtering by the outdated partitions, it looks like a step again in time and one which romantically locks you in a second of simplicity, full with good meals, laidback dialog and now even artworks to boost your ingesting pleasure.

There’s something inexplicable about sipping wine from Riedel glasses in an historic, candelit cellar that doesn’t translate simply into phrases; it must be skilled first-hand to be actually understood.

Evidently, it stays considered one of my most unusual winetastings for thus many causes – however maybe most of all as a result of it was only a timeless, pleasurable outing with a enjoyable group of individuals.


When you are visiting, you’ll want to check out their Caryl’s Bistro fare.

This charming, upstairs bistro is liked for its lovely views, sandwiches and connoisseur platters.

Pricing per individual:

Please contact the property straight for pricing.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Not for the Normal Tasting, no – however it’s required for his or her different tasting and pairing experiences.

For opening occasions, please contact the property straight or ebook by their web site.

Contact info:

+27 (076) 343 5833,

Web site:


Durbanville Hills: Wine and Cheese or Dried Fruit, Biltong Pairings


Durbanville Hills just isn’t solely one of the well-known, panoramic estates within the tranquil Durbanville Wine Valley however in addition they supply among the most intensive pairing choices.


And fairly truthfully, right here, I might fortunately simply pay for the views alone – even with out the added bonus of award-winning wines and a few enjoyable, different pairings, like chocolate or biltong and dried fruit.

What it consists of:

Once we visited, I sampled the Cheese and Wine Pairing, whereas my colleague tried the Biltong and Dried Fruit possibility. Each pairings are priced at R105 per individual.

The Cheese and Wine Pairing consists of 5 wines, with 5 beautiful cheeses.

I can’t recall the precise pairings however I do bear in mind being completely blown away by this selection – although cheese pairings really feel just like the plainest possibility round today.


My colleague additionally raved about their historically South African Biltong and Dried Fruit pairing. (Once more, this provided 5 wines paired with biltong and dried fruit items.)

Why I loved it:


For a begin, are you able to ever go flawed with good cheese and wine?

However it’s so far more than only a satisfying pairing combo as a result of all the pieces from the stylish tasting room to the breathtaking views makes this a particular winetasting expertise.


I additionally love that they’ve each a Chocolate Pairing and Crystal Tasting, in addition to a distinctive Collectors Reserve tasting expertise (R295 per individual; bookings required).

The latter features a non-public cellar tour and an interactive food-and-wine expertise, in addition to a complimentary, takehome bottle of wine.

Pricing per individual:

Each the Cheese and Biltong and Dried Fruit Pairings value R105 per individual.

Every possibility consists of 5 wines paired with both 5 cheeses or biltong and dried fruit.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Not for the traditional pairings, no.

Nonetheless, for the Collectors Reserve tasting expertise and regular cellar excursions, prior reserving – some 24-48 hours prematurely – is crucial.

For opening occasions and different info, please contact the property straight or go to their web site.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 558 1300,

Web site:


Kunjani Wines: Wine and German Charcuterie, Artisanal Cheese Platters


Located within the Stellenbosch Wine Route, the colourful Kunjani Wines is likely one of the finest issues to ever entered the winelands.

Run by the passionate husband-and-wife staff, Paul and Pia, this attractive wine farm affords the easiest in Cape Winelands lodging, meals and wine.


Add to {that a} actually welcoming, homely environment and a secluded, but scenic setting and you’ve got a dream vacation spot.

What it consists of:

Though Kunjani solely affords regular wine tastings, you possibly can go to for lunch or a day meal and order considered one of their mouthwatering charcuterie platters and a bottle of wine, whereas savouring the serenity of the deck, as I did.


Kunjani is particular – that’s a truth – and their meals and wine solely additional assures considered one of this. With the mixture of Chef Lamek’s unbelievable delicacies and the property’s lovely wines, it’s laborious to go flawed with a meals and wine expertise at Kunjani.

Why I loved it:

Apart from the plain (superb meals and wine in a shocking setting), what made this go to actually memorable was chatting to Pia and the great Kunjani staff.


Every employees member gushes with delight and pleasant recommendation, so you might be saved from having to agonise over what to order from their glorious meals and/or wine choices.

Pricing per individual:

I visited for a previous Sundown Fridays occasion so pricing might differ.

However usually, you possibly can order a bottle (or two) of wine for roughly R130-R220 – and a platter for between R145 to R310, relying on the scale and platter possibility.

They’ve Artisanal Cheese, German Charcuterie or a blended platter that mixes the 2.

Their platters are big and very filling so two folks can simply take pleasure in them collectively.

You may also go the standard route and revel in a typical wine tasting.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

No however it’s advisable for each wine tastings and restaurant meals – I might say particularly so for restaurant meals, actually.

They’re open for lunch Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 am – 16:00 pm. (In addition they supply breakfast. Please go to their web site for extra particulars on this.)

Whereas wine tastings could be loved every day, from 10:00 am – 16:30 pm.

Contact info:

+27 (087) 630 0409

Web site:


Canto Wines: MCC and Macaroons


Canto Wines solely burst onto the Durbanville wine scene just a few years in the past now – but ask anybody in Cape City about Canto and likelihood is they’ve both heard of or tried this property’s fashionable pairing, which options Macaroons and Methode Cap Classique (MCC), SA’s proud model of bubbly.

I used to be one of many first to take pleasure in this pairing again within the day and even then, I knew it will be a timeless hit – and so it has confirmed to be!

This small, but fairly boutique property not solely affords attractive wines, picnics and different thrilling deli items – however in addition they double as a magical wedding ceremony and occasions venue… Okay, now again to the MCC and Macaroons!


What it consists of:

The signature Canto MCC and Macaroon pairing (R105 per individual) consists of the next scrumptious MCC and candy treats:

Chardonnay MCC Brut with hazelnut macaroon

– Shiraz Rose MCC Brut with pink velvet macaroon

– Pinot Noir MCC Brut with Turkish delight macaroon

– Canto Pinot Noir/Chardonnay MCC Brut with salted caramel macaroon


Evidently, every of those pairing choices is totally gorgeous and can go away you craving extra.

My private favourites are the pink velvet and hazelnut combos.

Along with their signature pairing, Canto additionally has a typical wine pairing; a non-alcoholic artisanal tonic water pairing (loved with 4 rigorously chosen, connoisseur macaroons); and a G&T-infused possibility (that is served with a collection of attention-grabbing pairings).

Why I loved it:

As a result of it feels refined, but flirty and enjoyable and the MCC wines and the macaroons are of the best high quality so it makes for the proper pairing.


Plus, their beautiful tasting room-deli setting and expansive garden, with its distant mountain views, enhances the winetastings completely.

Pricing per individual:

R105 per individual for 4 MCC wines and 4 macaroons.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Sure, bookings are important.

Canto is open every day for tastings. Opening occasions are as follows:

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 17:00 pm

– Friday: 10:00 am – 17:00 pm

– Saturday: 10:00 am – 17:00 pm

– Sunday: 11:00 am – 16:30 pm

Contact info:

+27 (021) 492 2821,

Web site:


Waterford Property: Wine and Chocolate


This Stellenbosch stunner has been on my radar for someday and at last, in 2021, I received to go to this lovely property.

Located in a tranquil oasis amongst oak timber and hedges, Waterford Property is like one thing straight out of Tuscany. If its architectural type doesn’t blow your breath away, then the serene courtyard setting and wine tastings positively will.


Along with a variety of wine tasting choices, Waterford additionally has SALT Restaurant, a wine drive safari and a nature-inspired Porcupine Path Stroll.

For our go to although, we settled on their glorious chocolate and wine pairing.

What it consists of:


For R95 per individual, you possibly can take pleasure in three wines with accompanying Waterford-stamped chocolate slabs. These are paired collectively as follows:

  • Kevin Arnold Shiraz with Masala Chai (70% darkish chocolate);
  • Waterford Property Cabernet Sauvignon with Rock Salt Chocolate (additionally 70% darkish);
  • Waterford Heatherleigh (dessert wine) with Rose Geranium milk chocolate.
Photograph credit score: Alicia Chamaillé

Cellar grasp and managing associate at Waterford, Kevin Arnold and chocolatier, Richard von Geusau, have created a elegant wine and chocolate pairing.

Why I loved it:

Truthfully, I loved every possibility however my favorite combo was positively the Kevin Arnold Shiraz with Masala Chai.

If I take a look at the wines on their very own, although, it was the Cab Sauvignon and Heatherleigh (divine) that stole the present for me.

Waterford additionally makes a stunning Chardonnay, which we additionally sampled. All their wines are gorgeous; it’s only a matter of which every individual enjoys extra.


This pairing is great and with indoor or courtyard seating in a very gorgeous environment, with high quality service, the expertise is faultless.

Pricing per individual:

R95 per individual for 3 wines and three chocolate slabs.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Sure, advance reserving is crucial as they’re very talked-about, particularly on weekends.

Their tasting room is open Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 880 5300,

Web site:


Kleinood Wine Property: Wines and Seasonal Platters


Located simply throughout the highway from Waterford Property, we have now Kleinood. This small farm is a veritable hidden gem and one which impresses in each potential approach.

Not solely does Kleinood supply essentially the most lovely boutique store (you may as well store on-line through their web site) full of unbelievable dwelling items and presents from cleaning soap to uncooked honey – however in addition they take pleasure in essentially the most lovely farm setting.


Their gardens are a pleasure to discover (positively ecommended in the event you go to) and their secluded tasting space affords a tranquil haven the place you possibly can take pleasure in glorious wine and platters.

We didn’t pattern their wines however I’ve learn gorgeous opinions of them and our fellow friends appeared to completely take pleasure in their wine tasting. So I’ve little doubt their small, but nice vary of wines are elegant.

We did, nevertheless, attempt their beneficiant seasonal platter (R400) and it was unbelievable! 


What it consists of:

Guests can take pleasure in their customary Tamboerskloof wine tasting. This consists of 4 wines and their award-winning olive oil. The tasting is priced affordably at R100 per individual.

Alternatively, friends can order a bottle or by the glass as properly. (Pricing will differ.)

However my private suggestion is to order both their customary tasting or a bottle of wine and pair it with their impeccable, seasonal platter.


Priced at R400 for 2 sharing, this beneficiant platter providing consists of property produced and/or regionally sourced delicacies that vary from recent fruits to cheese, cured meats, pickled greens and naturally, glorious bread and estate-made uncooked, rose-infused honey.


Why I loved it:

Apart from the truth that Kleinood affords essentially the most dreamy setting – inside a small backyard courtyard, the place ponds, roses and working water reign – this farm ensures an intimate, welcoming expertise for friends.

Every part from the nice and cozy service to the superb wines and platters make a go to to Kleinood unmissable.


Our platter was a feast; a lot in order that we had been practically bested by it and this was our lunch for the day. Every part was recent, scrumptious and native.

Standouts included the divine property rose-infused uncooked honey, superb cheeses and the freshest fruits round. A number of the pickled and/or cured choices had been additionally unbelievable!

The platter was completely faultless and scrumptious and such nice worth for 2 sharing.

After your tasting or platter, you’ll want to additionally browse their little store as there are some actual treasures inside it.

And positively take pleasure in a peaceable stroll concerning the gardens. 🙂

Photograph credit score: Alicia Chamaillé

Pricing per individual:

R100 per individual for his or her customary tasting of 4 wines and olive oil.

Alternatively, order by the bottle or glass.

Platters are R400 for 2 sharing.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

For platters, I might say bookings are important however it’s in all probability extra relaxed for tastings.

Their tasting room is open Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 am – 16:00 pm.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 880 2527,

Web site:

Hidden Valley Wines: 5 Wines and Distinctive Belgian Candies


For years, I’ve been itching to go to Hidden Valley Wines. Tucked away in a secluded, tranquil valley in the direction of the mountains, Hidden Valley is a uncommon Stellenbosch gem.

The setting is second to none (the views up the lengthy, slender drive already impress), the tasting room and employees are glorious and the property itself is well-rounded with two eateries, picnics and a nature path to additionally take pleasure in.


Very similar to the property’s hidden location, their best-kept secret is their unbelievable Belgian chocolate and wine pairing.


What it consists of:

Hidden Valley Wines’ chocolate and wine pairing consists of 5 wines and 5 specifically paired, beautiful Belgian candies.


Candies even embody an similar reproduction of the artsy, bronze face sculpture that adorns the wine labels and is dotted concerning the farm.


Whereas the chocolate flavours usually change every year/with every new classic (to enhance the wines), the identical high quality is at all times assured.

That is understandably a massively fashionable tasting.


Along with this pairing, they’ve supply customary, six-wine pairing and cheese- and charcuterie- platters to take pleasure in. (Platters normally additionally embody the property’s personal, divine desk olives and recent olive oil).


The wines and handcrafted, regionally made Belgian candies I attempted are as follows:

  • Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded) 2021 paired with lime- and pineapple-flavoured white chocolate. (Each divine; the wine and choc are each simply 10/10.)


  • Sauvignon Blanc_Viognier 2020 (unwooded, 61% SB, 39% Viognier) paired with a peach-flavoured white chocolate. (Each beautiful. A stronger wine (8/10) and beautiful, refined choc (9/10).)


  • Hidden Treasure Rose 2021 paired with strawberry- and rooibos-flavoured milk chocolate. That is famously formed just like the Hidden Valley Wines sculpture. (A stunning, uniquely bottled, stronger rose (9/10) and glorious choc (9/10). I preferred this combo essentially the most, particularly after a sip of wine and nibble of choc.)


  • Hidden Gems 2017 (62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot and eight% Merlot mix) paired with smokey berry-flavoured milk chocolate. (This can be a beautiful pink mix and chocolate, 9/10 for each.)


  • Hidden Secret 2017 (79% Shiraz and 21% attention-grabbing Tanmat mix) paired with chilli- and cherry-flavoured darkish chocolate. (I like Shiraz so I actually loved this mix and darkish chocolate (9/10). The Shiraz flavour is stronger after a chew of choc.)

Why I loved it:

General, it is a actually high quality, value-for-money pairing. It’s extremely fascinating to pattern and uncover extra about.


I additionally love how the handcrafted Belgian candies are made regionally by a Dutch chocolatier, who takes every classic and/or wine’s particular person flavours under consideration when producing every chocolate flavour.

Remaining approval is then given by the property’s winemaker.


The setting and repair at Hidden Valley Wines are unbelievable.

Sonja and her staff are a category act; they actually know their stuff.

That is a simple 9/10 (or greater) sort of wine pairing expertise.

When visiting, I additionally suggest having fun with a platter or picnic. 


Alternatively, ebook a lavish eating expertise on the well-known Overture – or seize a self-service burger or pizza and drinks at The Deck.

Each eateries are overseen by gifted,  culinary grasp, Bertus Basson.


Additionally, try the property’s pleasant, scenic nature stroll. (It’s free and takes about 20-25 minutes. No pets allowed.)

Pricing per individual:

Hidden Valley’s 5 wines and 5 candies pairing is extraordinarily well-priced at R140 per individual.

HVW wines and candies are actually high quality. So that is fairly an opulent tasting, with killer views.


Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Sure, advance reserving is crucial for all wine tastings and platters.

Their tasting room is open Monday to Saturday, from 09:00 am – 18:00 pm (summer season) – and 09:00 am – 17:00 pm (winter).

Contact info:

+27 (021) 880 2646,

Web site:


Plaisir de Merle: Beneficiant Cheese Platters and Artisanal Wine- and Gin-Pairings


With over 400 years of embellished winemaking historical past and a shocking, historic setting on the fringes of fairest Franschhoek, Plaisir de Merle is a superb wine tasting expertise.


The property affords a variety of various tastings (all the pieces from Tempest gin pairings to artisanal (deal with) tastings and beneficiant cheese- or charcuterie-and-cheese-platters), an indoor weekend market, attractive MTB- and hiking-trails and beautiful, on-site property lodging.



Plaisir de Merle is a kind of unexpectedly lovely farms that hasn’t fairly been found by the droves. But.

This, if something, makes it much more interesting, as do the warmly welcoming employees and mild labradors who roam the property.


The property has an unlimited, lovely garden space, full with picture-perfect views of the historic Manor Home, lovable reproduction moat and the spectacular wine cellar with its big aqua doorways.



Close by, the outdated barn – wherein the extremely elegant and tastefully decked out wine lounge and tasting room relaxation – dates again to 1823. It combines one of the best of yesteryear and modernity in a single.


The skin wine tasting space, close to oak timber and the garden, affords relaxed tables and superb views of the Simonsberg mountains and close by Manor Home.


It was a troublesome alternative however, with such balmy autumn climate and stay weekend music, I made a decision to take a seat outside.

Notice: As a bonus, the Franschhoek Wine Tram now stops at Plaisir de Merle.

What it consists of:

After I visited, I attempted each a cheese platter and an artisanal pairing, so I’ll contact on each under.

If you happen to order their cheese platter for one, this consists of all the pieces from native cheeses to recent fruits, salad and freshly baked/toasted breads to a number of scrumptious preserves (together with some distinctive ones, like inexperienced/pink pepper and tomato preserves).


It’s completely scrumptious and so beneficiant that two may really share it.

I couldn’t fairly end it, regardless of not consuming anything that day beforehand.


Their fudge and wine pairing, in the meantime, consists of 4 wines (one white, a pink mix and two reds) and 4 artisanal fudge items.

Moreover, Plaisir de Merle affords nougat and wine and artisanal gin pairings, in addition to beers to take pleasure in on the tasting centre – so I’ll positively be again.

Oh, Fudge!

The wines and artisanal fudge (made by Roses Artisanal Delicacies) I attempted are as follows:

  • Chardonny 2020 paired with lemon and darkish chocolate fudge. I attempted the Chardonnay twice (as soon as with my platter and once more with the pairing) and liked it. It has robust citrus notes that the lemon and darkish choc fudge brings out superbly. This was my decide of the pairings (9/10). 
  • Merlot 2018 paired with raspberry and darkish chocolate fudge. This was my second favorite pairing. Their Merlot is scrumptious and it went properly with the fudge (8/10).
  • Petit Plaisir Purple Mix 2020 paired with cranberry and darkish chocolate fudge. This was not my favorite wine or pairing possibility however they had been respectable on their very own (6/10).
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (a 2022 Platter’s winner) paired with espresso and darkish chocolate fudge. Whereas that is an understandably extremely rated wine, personally – it was not my favorite Cab Sauv. I additionally discovered the espresso fudge fairly overpowering, regardless of usually loving something coffee-flavoured. So this was my subsequent least favorite pairing (7/10).


Why I loved it:

General, all the pieces from the setting to the nice and cozy, skilled service, laidback weekend atmosphere and stay music and scrumptious meals and wine made this considered one of my extra particular tasting experiences.

I might say a simple 9/10 for high quality, style, service and setting.

In case you have a candy tooth, the fudge pairing is a good alternative – however the gin appears to be like like a fantastic wager too!

And please attempt their platters; you received’t remorse it!

Earlier than or after your tasting expertise, in the event you go to on a weekend, pop into the modest indoor market subsequent door – or take pleasure in a paid-for MTB or climbing expertise through the path centre close by.


Pricing per individual:

The platter for one prices R160 however it is rather good worth. It’s beneficiant, filling and numerous and fully regionally sourced and produced. 

The fudge and wine pairing prices R130. It’s well-priced for what you get and I discovered their property wines to be very good.

Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Reserving just isn’t important, so walk-ins are welcome, even when they’re busy.

Nonetheless, for teams (of 5 or extra), bookings are suggested – however extra from a seating viewpoint.

(I visited on a busy Sunday afternoon and was promptly assisted. There’s ample area between the relaxed outside seating and lovely wine lounge and tasting room.)

Their tasting room is open Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 17:00 pm. They’re closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New 12 months’s.

Regrettably, no pets are allowed on the property.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 488 9977,

Web site:


Jordan Wines: A 360-degree Winery Safari and Wine Tasting Expertise


Purchased in 1982 by Gary Jordan’s dad and mom, Ted and Sheelagh, this gorgeous, 164-hectare Stellenbosch farm has a wealthy historical past that dates again over 300 years.

On a winemaking entrance, Jordan has been producing world-class wines since 1993. Ever since then, they’ve constantly raked within the wine accolades, each regionally and internationally.

The farm focuses closely on a sustainable strategy (evidenced in all the pieces from its water recycling strategies to its cautious farming and look after native nature and wildlife, like chameleons), whereas additionally specialising in planting varieties within the soils and slopes that finest go well with their wants. (Even proven on their wine labels in the event you look intently sufficient through the winery safari tour.)


Past its wine, Jordan additionally affords luxurious lodging, two beautiful eateries (though at present the primary restaurant is present process renovations and is about to re-open in September 2022), dreamy picnics and far more to take pleasure in.

What it consists of:

This 360-degree winery safari and wine expertise features a great, in-depth and informative safari tour of the property in a Land Rover.

You drive up into the hills and vineyards, the place you take pleasure in two or extra extremely scenic stops on the farm.


Included within the tour is a informative, partaking wine tasting (sampling a number of glorious wines per individual) earlier than ending off with a beautiful tour of Jordan’s modern cellar. (Your closing tasting is loved both within the barrel cellar as you stroll or on the terrace.)

You study a lot about this family-owned, award-winning Stellenbosch property whereas additionally having fun with essentially the most spectacular surroundings of the vineyards, huge farmlands, False Bay and Desk Bay, Stellenbosch and the encompassing Cape Winelands mountain ranges.


Plus, you get to pattern a number of of the property’s high quality wines in your journey!

Why I loved it:

I liked how informative, enjoyable and provoking this winery safari is. Even on a blustery winter’s day, the views and environment are unbelievable.

In case you are fortunate, on a transparent day, you possibly can even see Desk Mountain and you actually get to see the wealthy great thing about each Jordan and the Cape Winelands first-hand.


Supervisor, Chim, took me on the tour (I used to be the one visitor who booked on that day – however, in summertime, they usually do as many as 4 excursions per day).

He ensured the expertise was actually memorable along with his heat, pleasant dialog, attention-grabbing insights into the property’s historical past, winemaking and sustainable farming practices and enjoyable, scenic stops, the place he kindly gave me ample time to take in the views and take some photographs and movies.


Throughout my tour, I sampled the next wines (primarily whites, as per my style desire):

  • Jordan Chilly Reality Sauvignon Blanc 2021
  • Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay 2020
  • Jordan The Actual McCoy Riesling 2021
  • Jordan The Prospector Syrah
  • Jordan Black Magic Merlot 2019

All of the wines had been glorious – however my high two of the white and pink respectively had been the Chardonnay and Merlot.


As soon as we completed our unbelievable winery safari, my tour ended with an enchanting tour of the cool cellar.

This is likely one of the most thrilling, unhurried and memorable excursions and wine tasting experiences that I’ve loved to this point and I can extremely suggest it.


The tour can also be fashionable for romantic proposals amongst friends!

(I might positively say sure on a tour like this. It’s gorgeous and actually particular.)

Contact straight for info on their proposal planning choices.


Pricing per individual:

This safari and wine expertise prices R625 per individual.

It runs between one hour, half-hour to 2 hours and features a scenic winery safari, a number of glorious wine tastings and a cellar tour – so it is rather good worth.


Is advance reserving required/really useful:

Sure, reserving is crucial.

A most of ten friends are permitted per tour.

Please even be suggested this expertise is climate dependent.

Contact info:

+27 (021) 881 3441,

Web site:


In Closing

These are only a few of my favorite Cape Winelands wine pairings in sunny South Africa.

Are there any others you possibly can suggest that I ought to attempt subsequent? 🙂

Content material author by day and blogger by evening, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her journey weblog, referred to as Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – Journey Writing and Pictures, from her dwelling base of Cape City, South Africa. Regardless of having a nationwide diploma in Journalism and dealing as a content material author by day, Tamlyn’s most well-liked area of interest stays journey writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, geared up with an limitless ardour for highway journeys, rigorously deliberate, vacation itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the nice outside.



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