August 20, 2020
Wine Tasting & Golf Holidays in South Africa
Drive just over an hour outside of Cape Town and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Cape Winelands. Here, farms established by Dutch colonists and French Huguenots in the late 1600s now function as South African wine estates, with tree-lined driveways leading to impeccably manicured gardens and gentle hills covered in vines.
South Africa is known as ‘the cape of good wines’ or ‘the cape of good grapes’ with good reason.
400 km around Cape Town you will find all kinds of grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and fruity white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillion, Viognier and Chenin Blancs.
If you are thinking about coming to South Africa to play golf, go wine tasting and experience safari or the host of attractions South Africa take a look some of below Vineyards around Cape Town;
A whitewashed Cape Dutch–style cellar at Leeu Estates and Spa in Franschhoek is an intimate, romantic setting in which you can taste the highly rated limited-availability Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines, which are made by Chris and Andrea Mullineux in partnership with Analjit Singh, Leeu Collection’s owner. Uncluttered and stylishly spartan, the wine studio is an intimate space, with several tables for two and two large tables for 10 to 15. It’s worth peeking at the art collection, too.
Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms, set at the foot of Simonberg in the Franschhoek wine valley. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and wine, and evokes a sense of wellbeing.
Vineyards also flourished under the Theunissen family's tenure between 1798 and 1899. In the 20th century, there were sporadic plantings by various owners, the last of these vines be removed in 1962. The farm boasts a rich array of soils; 21 different types have been identified including some that are among the most ancient viticultural soils in the world. Vines have mainly been established on Clovelly, Glenrosa and Pinedene soils, generally known for their high clay content which ensures good water retention during the critical early-summer ripening stage. Rootstock and varieties have been carefully matched to the most suitable soils, and vine density, ranging from 2 666 to 5 000 vines a hectare, has been dictated by soil type, rootstock and variety. All the vines are trained vertically onto a hedge trellis.
Spier Wine Farm
Going since 1692, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, with a fascinating history and a legacy that the owners never take for granted. Today the farm has modern, conscious energy. Focused on art and good farming, Spier is about farm-to-table food and accoladed wines. Its people are committed to living and working in ways that bring positive change to our environment and community. The Spier Hotel and conference team invite you to do business in an inspiring atmosphere.
Waterford Wine Estates
Waterford Estate is situated in one of the world’s most visually arresting pockets of paradise. Nestled in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley, in the world-renowned Stellenbosch region, this 120 H property owned by Jeremy and Leigh Ord and managed by partner and Cellar master Kevin Arnold. The Estate boasts old citrus groves, rolling lawns, water features, and fragrant lavender and rosemary beds.