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Here are some of SA's favourite wine tasting rooms


11 March 2019  -  Visit Winelands Blog, Clifford Roberts

Like wine, tasting rooms have their fans. Ask anyone for their favourite and you've launched a debate.

For some, it's about architecture; others, the view. There are tasting rooms that are great because they're like the local pub; a place about people. And still more that have a following because of the art or the frogs (keep reading) or the vibe.

Among them the luxurious Mullineux  & Leeu Family Wines and classy La Motte of Franschhoek; the hip-and-happening Kunjani wines and venerable Annandale of Stellenbosch; the chic Raka of Stanford; the airy Beau Constantia and elegant Buitenverwachting of Constantia.

Further afield, you'd certainly have to include the delightful tasting room at Bramon of Plettenburg Bay; and, the cosy Abingdon of Lion's River in KwaZulu-Natal.

The list goes on.

If you're planning a roadtrip, here are some more ideas of local favourites; times apply to the summer season and may even be expanded. If you're going out of traditional business hours, it's always best to phone ahead to make sure they're open.

Bot River

Gabriëlskloof – The winery sits atop a hill that overlooks fields, orchards and vineyards. With a small flock of sheep often grazing nearby, it becomes picture-perfect. Winery owner Bernhard Heyns started planting vines in 2002. Construction on the winery was completed in 2009. It encompasses lawns, water features, a deli and restaurant, and reflects an austere elegance of design.

Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-1700; Sat 11:00-15:00

Constantia

Steenberg – A winery steeped in heritage that goes back to the very beginning of wine in SA, Steenberg offers a selection of tasting experiences, with a wine bar, lounge and outdoor terrace. There are infinity pools and reflective water features set before remarkable mountain and vineyard scenery.

Open: Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00

Durbanville

Durbanville Hills - The spectacular winery with equally impressive views of Table Mountain and Table Bay, was designed by Visser Kapperer de Bruin architects. It's sprawling, double-volume interior incorporates the wine tasting area, restaurant, meeting rooms and shop, with large windows and a balcony.

Open: Mon 12:00-18:00; Tue-Thurs 10:00-18:00; Fri 10:00-19:00; Sat 10:00-16:00; Sun 11:00-16:00

 

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