I often get asked what people should do and where they should eat when visiting the winelands. I have decided to compile a short post on a weekend in the winelands so that I can refer them all to one post. This is by no means everything one can do in this beautiful region of the country, but it is certainly my top list of things to do and places to eat.
Plan to land at Cape Town International Airport on Friday afternoon as early as possible. The traffic leaving town is quite hectic and it could take you an hour to get to your accommodation. I recommend that you stay at The Country Guest House at 96 Winery Road. We spent our 10th wedding anniversary there and the rooms are extremely well appointed and you can sit outside and enjoy a sundowner while taking in the spectacular view.
Book that night for dinner at 96 Winery Road. This saves you from having to travel any more on the day. Be sure to leave space for their famous crème brûlée which has been on the menu since 1974!
On Saturday morning breakfast will be served in the most beautiful setting and you will be offered a large choice of buffet items, as well as a hot breakfast. After you are done, head on down the R44 towards Stellenbosch. Stop at Cavalli Wine Estate to visit the art gallery and memorabilia rooms at the wine tasting centre. Don’t worry to do a wine tasting here. For your first wine tasting head on up the Allandale Road and follow the signs to Uva Mira. The wines are fantastic and the view is spectacular. After this drive through Stellenbosch and go to Warwick Wines. After your wine tasting have a picnic on the lawns or in one of the pods. Make sure to book and enquire to find out if you can do the tour of the vineyards. On your way back to your room, stop at Muratie. Even if you do not feel like another wine tasting, you need to try their port and see the cellar which is quite unique.
Dinner on Saturday night is going to be something special. Book at The Restaurant at Waterkloof Wines and if it is summer get there early enough to watch the sun set over False Bay. After 13 years I never tire of this! Sit by the fire if it is winter, or on the balcony in summer while you sip on your wine and look at the menu. It changes seasonally so I cannot recommend any one dish for you to try but so far I have only had fantastic meals when we dine there.
edit: the restaurant is now closed, but be sure to still pop in for a wine tasting.
Sunday after another scrumptious breakfast pack your cases and head out on the R310. Stop off at Spier to take in the Eagle Encounter. Lunch must be at Pomegranate Restaurant situated on the Vergenoegd Wine Estate where you will get to see the duck parade. Sit outside if the weather permits and you might even see a fish eagle flying above you. Michael makes an amazing duck dish which I usually always have. Be sure to have one of the estate wines with your lunch as they are the best of the bunch in my opinion. You are only about 25 minutes from the airport so book a late afternoon flight to get you back home.
edit: the restaurant is now closed but there are some lovely new ones on the R44 to try.
Disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way for this post. It has been done at my own discretion. If you do go to any of these places please let them know I sent you! This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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- one year ago – Avocado Gnocchi
- two years ago – Awards
- three years ago – Regional and Seasonal Challenge
- four years ago – Baba Ghannoush
22 thoughts on “A Weekend In The Winelands”
Lovely post! So blessed to live in this part of the world so we can go whenever the mood strikes. Hoping this Saturday – looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous one. Some great wine farms you’ve mentioned here. Our weekend in the winelands is usually over the Helderberg wine festival in November when we try and visit all 30 farms in 2 days. Might take the Friday off this year and stretch it out a little over 3 days 🙂
We have only done the Helderberg Wine Festival once – I prefer going to the estates when they are not so crowded 🙂
Oh, makes me pine for a weekend away – I’m sure a lot of people will find this a really useful post for those visiting the area – I admire you for being able to put together a such a great food/wine itinerary!
Thank you for the compliment Rachel 🙂
What a great post Tandy! I love South African wine and this brings back memories of my South African trip! 😀
Glad to have done that for you Lorraine 🙂
Clearly I need to take a trip!! 🙂
You would love it!
Very useful Tandy. Thank you. I’m putting those restaurants on my wishlist and hope to manage a few over the next few years 🙂 xx
I shall wish them for you as well Tami xxx
Guest houses are so enjoyable, what a wonderful place to visit for your 10th anniversary. Love that idea of creme brûlée. How scrumptious.
Lovely photos, sigh. Someday I hope to fly into Capetown!
Hope you make it here one day Laura 🙂
Hi Tandy, sounds like this would make a wonderful week-end, the restaurants look amazing.
They are all my favourites Cheri 🙂
Great guide Tandy. As you know I’ve wanted to visit Waterkloof for a long time.
Sally, if you ever find yourself here you would have somewhere to stay at least!
The setting is quite stunning, all that grassy greenery and beautiful warming atmosphere! The food also looks very classy and delicious 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
Thank you Uru 🙂
A really well written and illustrated guide, Tandy. I’m craving that famous crème brûlée, right now. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia 🙂