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Captivating Wineries along the 2024 Cape Epic Cycle Route

Updated: Apr 6

The ABSA Cape Epic is back, marking their 20th MTB (mountain biking) race! This year’s route runs throughout the charismatic Cape Winelands, from Tulbagh, via Wellington to Stellenbosch.


Wineries in Cape Winelands

Follow us as we guide you through the Western Cape Winelands alongside the legendary Cape Epic Cycle Route.

 

Tulbagh Wine Route

Saronsberg


Wine at Saronsberg Wine Estate Cape Winelands

Full Circle at Saronsberg. On the skirts of the historic town of Tulbagh is Saronsberg Wine Estate, a contemporary gem that pays homage to its classic Cape Dutch heritage.


The Saronsberg Collection at Saronsberg Wine Estate Cape Winelands

A state-of-the-art tasting room centres the cellar complex, housing the Saronsberg Collection (a permanent instalment of contemporary SA art). Every sip immerses you in the natural beauty and culture surrounding you.


Art at Saronsberg Wine Estate Cape Winelands

Indulge in their fine wine including the phenomenal Full Circle, a GSM (Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache) style blend originating from the iconic Southern Rhône region of France. After a wonderful wine tasting, delight in a leisurely birdwatching session, or, for the more explorative, engage in a scenic hike of the Saronsberg mountain.


Wine tasting at Saronsberg Wine Estate Cape Winelands

 

Rijks


Rijks Wine Estate Cape Winelands

Encircled by mountains and vineyards, this traditional Cape Dutch style estate rests in the valley of Tulbagh. With an emphasis on wellness and self-care, the farm offers tranquility & relaxation.


Wine Tasting at Rijks Wine Estate Cape Winelands

Rijks specializes in Chenin Blanc & Pinotage only, producing a must-try Pinotage Rosé & MCC Brut. Sip and savour their stunning wines on the hotel terrace overlooking the vineyards and farm.


Family at Rijks Wine Estate Cape Winelands

Feeling hungry? Visit the onsite restaurant for a taste of home, with true farm style, traditional Cape cuisine that showcases the flavours of SA.

 

Manley


Manley Wine Estate Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: @Manley

Manley Wine Estate, private cellar & boutique winery at the foot of the marvelous Winterhoek Mountains wrapped by the rugged Saron Peak, is a scenic haven away from home.


Food and Wine at Manley Wine Estate Restaurant Cape Winelands

Journey through the estate’s collection of outstanding wines during a tranquil tasting in the presence of friendly, knowledgeable staff. Velvety, smooth Merlots, elegant Chardonnays, aromatic Chenin Blancs... innovative, complex wines for any and every palate!


Wine and food at Manley Wine Estate Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: @Manley

Twee Jongen Gezellen


Tucked in the northwest corner of the Tulbagh (the 4th oldest town in SA) wine region is 300-year-old Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate, the historic home of Krone - a collection of Vintage-Only, terroir-driven Cap Classiques.


Wine and Views at Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate Cape Winelands

They invented cold fermentation in the 1950s and have the honour of being home to the first underground cellar in Africa! The first Krone Borealis vintage (1987) was released in 1991 to much acclaim.

 

Oudekloof Wine Estate


Views at Oudekloof Winery Cape Winelands

At the foot of the historic Oudekloof pass lies Oudekloof Wine Estate, offering delightful wine tastings, scenic tractor rides for all ages, live music and amazing views of the valley!


Wine at Oudekloof Winery Cape Winelands

Join them for a tasting while soaking up the vista and indulging in a platter or a feast of steak, samosas, camembert and salad. Don't forget to look out for their awesome food specials!

 

Montpellier


Treat yourself to a marvellous tasting in Montpellier’s manicured garden under the shade of old oak trees or in the gorgeous glass house. Choose between the MCC tasting (try their 3 MCCs) and the still wine tasting (selection of 6 wines) @75pp each.


View at Montpellier Winery Cape Winelands

For the kids: Lots of safe space to run around, climb trees or take a dip in the pool at one of the accommodations. Kiddies can enjoy their very own pairing @R75pp (3 non-alcoholic beverages & 3 snacks) or get creative and build their own pizzas @R85pp!

Food options for the folks: Cheese Platters (Mon – Thurs) or pizzas (Fri – Sun).


Wine and food at Montpellier Winery Cape Winelands

Make yourself at home at Montpellier with their large choice of accommodation options ranging from luxurious B&Bs in their Cape Dutch Manor House to warm, rustic self-catering cottages scattered around the farm, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.


Playground at Montpellier Winery Cape Winelands

 

Breedekloof Wine Valley

Opstal


Sparkling Grape juice at Opstal Estate Cape Winelands

Situated in the idyllic Slanghoek Valley with sweeping vistas of vineyards, fynbos & majestic mountains, Opstal is a quintessential retreat inland of the Boland Mountains.


Wine at Opstal Cape Winelands

A diverse selection of estate wines awaits you, with a special emphasis on Chenin Blanc. Indulge in one of 3 tastings—Heritage, Estate & Sixpence range—either within their welcoming tasting room or on the deck, where panoramic views of the Slanghoek mountains await.


Restaurant at Opstal Cape Winelands

Opstal Eat invites guests to embark on a culinary journey where seasonal menus intertwine with warm hospitality. Curated by in-house chef PJ Lombard, each dish is thoughtfully paired with their finest wines.

 

Bosjes


Accommodation at Bosjes Cape Winelands

Located in the heart of the fertile Breedekloof Valley surrounded by vineyards, orchards & fynbos, Bosjes has been transformed from a historic Boland family farm into a haven for families seeking a day immersed in nature.


Bosjes Cape Winelands

The landscaped gardens abound with hidden gems, while a diverse array of vegetation creates a vision of contrasts, complemented by a striking water sculpture. Adventurous young hikers can explore the Boombrug canopy walk, while meditating wanderers can relish the view and atmosphere of the vertical labyrinth.


Play area Bosjes Cape Winelands
Awesome play area for the tots!

Bosjes Kombuis pays tribute to the farm's culinary heritage with a seasonal menu served amidst modern design elements and an inviting deck for al fresco dining. Adorning one exterior wall is a striking blue & white Delft-inspired mural of the Bosjes Tree of Life, portraying indigenous fauna & flora (created by Cape Town artists Michael Chandler and Lucie de Moyencourt).


Bosjes Kombuis Cape Winelands

Bosjes Spens, their other onsite restaurant, offers a relaxed atmosphere beneath a lush, planted roof alongside a spacious lawn for ample play space for the little ones. Chef Kim has curated a casual menu featuring hearty breakfasts, light lunches & wholesome country-style pies.


Botha Kelder


Botha Kelders Cape Winelands

Burrowed at the foothills of the glorious Waaihoek Mountains, where the captivating dance between snow and sun paints ever-changing landscapes, sits Botha Kelder, presenting an array of meticulously crafted wines.


Wine and food pairing at Botha Kelders Cape Winelands
Delight (left) and Munch (right) Pairings (Photo Creds: breedekloof.com)

Their distinguished wine portfolio includes high-quality, approachable reds & whites alongside more profound reserves & sweet fortified offerings. Taste their 3 distinctive ranges, each reflecting a unique aspect of the estate's winemaking philosophy.

Try their delightful food & wine pairing @R95pp. And, for the tots, try their kiddies pairings – choose between sweet & savoury!


Wellington Wine Route

Doolhof


Wine at Doolhof Estate Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: book.nightsbridge.com

Between Bain’s Kloof & the Groenberg Mountain Range lies Doolhof, a boutique 5-star estate that offers the getaway of a lifetime!


Wine Tasting Room at Doolhof Estate Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: doolhof.com

Earthy, elegant tones paint the tasting room, setting the mood of the tasting. This newly built extension to the cellar provides a tranquil atmosphere and leads out onto their indigenous gardens, perfect for the summer months. Tastings cost R100pp for 5 wines but will be waivered with purchases of R100 or more.


Food at Mila Restaurant at Doolhof Estate Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: doolhof.com

Mila, their brand-new restaurant situated in the original wagon house, provides a world-class experience. Start your day off on the right foot - savour a sumptuous breakfast on the large terrace surrounded by lush gardens. Guests can also picnic by the riverside surrounded by fabulous flora and fauna.


AfriCamps glamping at Doolhof Estate Cape Winelands
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Not a fan of camping? Try glamping at AfriCamps @Doolhof - boutique glamping surrounded by rolling vineyards, majestic mountains and the peaceful Kromme River that makes its way through the farm. Admire the stunning backdrop from the comfort of the outdoor wood-fired hot tubs… what a treat!

 

Diemersfontein


Diemersfontein Wine Estate Cape Winelands
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In the shadow of the Hawekwa Mountains with an all-encompassing view of the Du Toit’s Kloof & Bains’ Kloof mountain ranges is Diemersfontein, dating back to the 1800’s.


Wine tasting at Diemersfontein Wine Estate Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: whichwinefarm.co.za

Sample their full range of wines, including the Diemersfontein Original range, their Flagship Carpe Diem range, and the Thokozani Range. Don’t forget to try their renowned chocolate coffee Pinotage – simply delicious!


Food and wine at Hope Restaurant at Diemersfontein Wine Estate Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: insideguide.co.za

Hope Restaurant, restarted in 2022 after Covid-19 shutdowns, offers internationally inspired contemporary bistro cuisine with a unique South African flair to complement Diemersfontein’s gorgeous wines.

 

Imbuko


Wine tasting at Imbuko Wines Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: imbuko.co.za

Imbuko Wines, a local and international favourite, can be found in the heart of the Boland Winelands on a farm named Uitkyk.


Wine and food pairing at Imbuko Wines Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: imbuko.co.za

With over 25 wines to taste, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Choose between the Trio Tasting @R40pp (3 wines), Standard Tasting @R65pp (5 wines), the Sophie Terreblanche Tasting @R65pp (sample a range of Imbuko’s Sauvignon Blancs), the Van Zijl Reserve Tasting @R95pp or the Pomüla (a delightful wine spritzer) Pop Tasting @R65pp. Know your wines? Why not take a shot at their Blind Tasting @R65pp!


Wine spritzer sweet pairing at Imbuko Wines Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: imbuko.co.za

A must-try is their Gourmet Pie & Wine pairing @R100pp – buttery, flakey pies with mouth-watering fillings. For those with a sweet tooth, try the Pomüla & Macaron pairing @R100pp.


Kids play area at Imbuko Wines Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: imbuko.co.za

Their on-site restaurant makes scrumptious homemade meals for both adults and tots. Grab a bite for lunch while the kids entertain themselves with the wonderful wooden jungle gym.

 

Wellington Wines


Wellington Wines Cape Winelands
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Surrounded by the Groenberg, Hawekwa & Limietberg mountain ranges is Wellington Wines, with stunning views of slopes and valleys, making it the perfect “wine-down” spot for mountain biking or hiking enthusiasts.


Wine tasting room at Wellington Wines Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: insideguide.co.za

Their cozy tasting room lends a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with phenomenal panoramic views. Tastings include the Duke Wine Tasting @R40pp (any 5 Duke wines), La Cave Wine Tasting @R80pp (all 5 premium La Cave wines), and the Best of Both Wine Tasting @R60pp (any 3 Duke wines & any 2 La Cave wines). Try their HARI Sparkling Apéritif or Imprint Wines free of charge!


Duke's Kitchen Restaurant at Wellington Wines Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: wellingtonwines.com

Duke’s Kitchen serves casual, home-cooked meals alongside burgers & pizzas to be enjoyed with Wellington’s wonderful wines.

 

Bosman


Bosman Family Vineyards Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: sa-venues.com

Bosman Family Vineyards, founded on the historic family farm of Lelienfontein, has a proud heritage of vine growers reaching back 8 generations.


Wine tasting room at Bosman Family Vineyards Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: bosmanwines.com

The tasting room, located in the original 270-year-old cellar, offers personalized wine tastings dependent on the customer’s preference. Standard tastings are @R100pp, while premium tastings cost @R200pp.


Wine tasting cellar at Bosman Family Vineyards Cape Winelands
Photo Creds: insideguide.co.za

Pair their wines with a selection of Dalewood cheeses or nibble on a snack platter of locally sourced preserves, pickles and crackers while the little ones play on the enclosed lawns or ride bikes around the werf!

 

Dunstone


Food and wine at Dunstone Country Estate Cape Winelands

At the base of the Bainskloof pass is Dunstone, a guest house and boutique winery backed by the Hawequa mountains.


Kids play areas at Dunstone Country Estate Cape Winelands

Pay a visit to their on-site restaurant, The Stone Kitchen, and indulge in classic home-style dishes from light lunches to hearty meals. They also offer a great tots’ menu as well as indoor & outdoor play areas! Our tots absolutely loved the indoor climbing wall during our previous winter visit!

 

Welbedacht


Welbedacht Wine Estate Cape Winelands

This down-to-earth estate on the slopes of Groenberg is family owned and managed by the renowned Schalk Burger and sons. At Welbedacht guests can uncover the age-old traditions of wine making and cricket.


Wine at Welbedacht Wine Estate Cape Winelands

The tasting room, being one of the oldest buildings on the estate, still houses old cement fermenters & underground tanks restored with a modern touch. Sample from their 3 ranges – the Meerkat Range (an international favourite and great value for money!), the Estate Range, and the Proprietor’s Range (premium wines for the wine connoisseur).

 

Val du Charron


View at Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate Cape Winelands

The award-winning Val du Charron Wine & Leisure Estate, with its unmistakable mountain views, is a truly unique wine tasting experience. Dance to your own tune with their Theatre of Wine tasting consisting of Three Acts featuring The Black Countess (their flagship Rhone-style blend).


View at Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate Cape Winelands

Meat-eaters can enjoy the Grillroom’s melt-in-your-mouth steaks and grills, while Italian-lovers can pop into their Pizzeria, Pizza Vista.


Food at Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate Cape Winelands

 

See our wistful winter visit to Wellington here!


Stellenbosch Wine Route

Delheim


Wine and view at Delheim Wine Estate Stellenbosch

On the slopes of the splendid Simonsberg Mountain is the family owned Delheim Wine Estate, a pioneer of South African wine routes.


Wine tasting cellar at Delheim Wine Estate Stellenbosch

Indulge in the Reserve Tasting @R150pp or the Premium Tasting @R85pp in the cozy downstairs cellar, or soak in the sun outside on the lovely garden patio with views of Table Mountain. Delight in their latest Wine & Fynbos Cupcake Pairing!


Garden Restaurant at Delheim Wine Estate Stellenbosch

Savour al fresco traditional German and South African dishes, old and new, at The Garden Restaurant. Only open in the summer, so take advantage now!


Muratie


Muratie Wine Estate Stellenbosch
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In the Knorhoek Valley stands one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa, Muratie.


Wine tasting room at Muratie Wine Estate Stellenbosch
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Experience a tasting either seated (cosy up in the George Paul Canitz gallery or take in the views on the tasting terrace) or standing (sip wines in the old tasting room – the cobweb-stained windows are a truly breathtaking sight). Classic Tastings of 5 wines are R100pp, while Premium Tastings are R150pp. Sample their Flagship Additions @R360pp for 6 wines. Try their yummy chocolate and wine pairing @R100pp only.


Wine at Muratie Wine Estate Stellenbosch

Dine in their heritage restaurant, Muratie Farm Kitchen, and feast on the finest global breakfasts and lunches.


Food at Muratie Wine Estate restaurant Stellenbosch

The Simonsberg Trail system promises exciting terrain and incredible views for mountain bike enthusiasts, from Cape Epic riders to the casual beginner.

 

Mont Marie


Mont Marie Wine Estate Stellenbosch

Mont Marie provides a casual taste of luxury on the banks of the Blaauwklippen River, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere.


Mont Marie Wine Estate Stellenbosch
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The Restaurant menu presents an authentically South African menu featuring fresh, locally sourced produce. Local wines available feature neighbouring wineland brands Klein DasBosch & Vriesenhof alongside Mont Marie’s own unique blends, proving that local is lekker.


Inside Restaurant at Mont Marie Wine Estate Stellenbosch
Photo Creds: visitstellenbosch.org

On warm summer days, guests can enjoy the sun on the gorgeous wooden deck with a stunning view of the dam, adorable resident ducks, and the awesome wooden jungle gym for the tots!


View from deck at Mont Marie Wine Estate Stellenbosch
Photo Creds: crushmag-online.com

Check out our previous visits to Mont Marie here and here!

 

Planning a romantic night out with your partner or a family dinner with the tots in Stellenbosch? Check out our blog for the BEST sundowner spots Stellies has to offer!


*Please note: all information is correct at the date of publication, 2024. See websites below for up-to-date info!


View of Tulbagh Cape Winelands

Contact Me – Hilary - at hello@winetots.com for more details on your favourite Wineland spots to visit & to book a personalised tour of your own – behind the scenic routes of the Plett & Cape Winelands & beyond!


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Important info:


Saronsberg: https://www.saronsberg.com/ ; info@saronsberg.com ; 023 230 0707


Rijks: https://rijks.co.za/ ; wineclub@rijks.co.za ; 023 2301 622


Manley: https://www.manleywinelodge.co.za/ ; 023 007 0009


Twee Jonge Gezellen: https://krone.world/pages/twee-jonge-gezellen ; info@krone.world ; 023 230 0680


Oudekloof: reservations@oudekloofwineestate.co.za ; 082 440 9459



Opstal: https://opstal.co.za/ ; wine@opstal.co.za ; 023 344 3001


Bosjes: https://bosjes.co.za/ ; hello@bosjes.co.za ; 023 004 0496


Doolhof: https://doolhof.com/ ; wine@doolhof.com ; 021 864 2805




Wellington Wines: https://wellingtonwines.com/ ; info@wellingtonwines.com ; 021 873 1582



Dunstone: https://dunstone.co.za/ ; wine@dunstone.co.za ; 076 351 7315



Val du Charron: https://vdcwines.co.za/ ; stay@vdcwines.com ; 021 873 1256


Delheim: https://delheim.com/ ; info@delheim.com ; 021 888 4600



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