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Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Babylonstoren

This 2.5-sq-km wine and fruit farm is on the north slope of the Simonsberg mountain between Klapmuts and Paarl. Its highlight is an 800-sq-metre, formally designed garden; inspired by Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, i…
Top Choice Winery in Franschhoek

La Motte

There’s enough to keep you occupied for a full day at this vast estate just west of Franschhoek. As well as tastings of the superb shiraz range, wine-pairing lunches and dinners are served at the Pierneef à la Motte…
Top Choice Winery in Franschhoek

Boschendal

This is a quintessential Winelands estate, with lovely architecture, food and wine. Tasting options include bubbly, brandy or wine and chocolate pairing. There are excellent vineyard and cellar tours; booking is ess…
Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Avondale

This quiet spot in a gracious old homestead serves delectable, organically made wines. The formal tasting takes around an hour, or you can join a two-hour eco-safari through the vineyards on the back of a tractor, w…
Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Spice Route

Spice Route is known for its complex red wines, particularly the Flagship syrah. Aside from wine there is a lot going on, including glass-blowing demonstrations, wine and charcuterie pairings (R85), a chocolatier (t…
Top Choice Winery in Stellenbosch

Spier

Spier has some excellent shiraz, cabernet and red blends, though a visit to this vast winery is less about wine and more about the other activities available. There are superb birds-of-prey displays (adult/child R75…
Top Choice Bakery in Stellenbosch

Boschendal at Oude Bank

A vibrant bakery and bistro priding itself on locally sourced ingredients. The menu features salads, sandwiches and mezze-style platters, as well as fresh cakes and pastries and local craft beer. There are tables on…
Top Choice Winery in Robertson

Viljoensdrift

One of Robertson’s most popular places to sip, especially on weekends. Put together a picnic from the deli, buy a bottle from the cellar door and taste on an hour-long boat trip along the Breede River (adult/child R…
Top Choice International in Paarl

Glen Carlou

The food at this stylish winery is on a par with the views: magnificent. Dishes, such as pan-roasted sea bass, Parmesan mousse and lamb shoulder with sweetbreads, come with a recommended wine pairing. There's also a…
Top Choice South African in McGregor

Karoux

Well known for its gourmet cuisine and attentive service, this is one of the Western Cape's best small-town restaurants. The menu changes regularly but always features dishes that somehow manage to be both upmarket …