Wine tasting is probably one of the most well known and enjoyable things to do in and around Cape Town.
Our wines routes are choc-a-bloc with award winning wineries and bottles upon bottles of this excellent liquid waiting to be swirled.
So how do you choose where to stop and what to taste?
After a couple of months in the Cape I've found it's helpful to have a theme to your tasting, like unusual varietals, or international awards or farms with animal logos (quite a novel way to choose wine farms to be sure). One of my personal favourites is tastings that are paired with food.
After all most wine is enjoyed with a meal (no judgement if it's not) and there are many foods that help bring out interesting charaterstics of wines and let you enjoy the tasting experience even more.
Not all farms and cellars offer a food/wine pairing so here's a list of some of the more interesting and delicious ones.
Cheese and Wine
The most common of pairings, but it should not be overlooked. It's done very well by Fairview Wine and Cheese in Paarl. The wine tasting room consists of a range of over 35 wines and 25 artisanal cheese presented for tasting seven days a week. There are a range of tastings, from the basic to the tutored one in a private room with a sommelier. Try the Pegleg Carginan and the White Rock with cranberries - out of this world. The farm itself is lovely and it even has a goat tower complete with the farm's mascots.
Charcuterie and Wine
Cured meat, a salty and delicious companion to wine. You can even sneak some cheese onto this one too. There are a few places in Cape Town that do this well. Moreson in Franschoek is one of them. Their unique Charcuterie & Wine Tasting takes place at the Farm Grocer bar counter while you taste the Moreson wines, which are individually paired with some of the best Charcuterie in Cape Town.
Another option closer to the city is Constantia Glen. It has one of the best views from the tasting room perched on a hill above Constantia and the vineyards. Munching on some yummy cured meat and inhaling a terrific nose of wine will make all your troubles melt away.
Olives and Wine
It's a bit further from the city but worth the hour's drive to the Riebeek Valley in the Swartland, and through the gates of Kloovenburg. Their vineyards and olive Groves frame the entrance to the charming Riebeek Valley.
In the cool quiet of the cellar you will be able to taste their award-winning wines, olives and cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. The olive products of Kloovenburg are also on sale, from lip-smacking sun-ripened olives to tapenade to natural olive-based beauty products (you can't taste those).
Travel Tip shared by Bunny's Travels