In this latest story in our ongoing series, Elite Traveler takes a look at five of the best wine experiences in South Africa.
Wine is one of South Africa’s greatest exports. You can find fine examples of South African red, white and rose across the globe, but now a growing number of tourists are opting to experience it directly from the source.
There are hundreds of beautiful vineyards and countless wine experiences to choose from, so Elite Traveler has boiled a long list down to just five of the finest available.
We begin our journey through South Africa’s fertile plains at Leeu Estates. Situated in the Franschhoek valley on the Western Cape, this Dutch-style country house is surrounded by vineyards.
The property has just 17 rooms, giving it an intimate feel and allowing for a greater level of personal service. Most importantly, it offers guests the chance to taste the exclusive Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines in its opulent tasting studio. Just 11 years after their first release, the Mullineuxs have won awards across the world for their meticulous approach to wine production.
Vintages usually sell out, but Leeu Estates always reserve bottles for tasting sessions. They can also assist guests in putting their name down for future releases, an option many of them take up.
If you are looking for history, Klein Constantia is the place for you. This wine estate dates back over 340 years, making it one of the oldest in the whole of South Africa.
This is the birthplace of Constantia, a sweet wine that found favor with historical European figures during the 18th and 19th century including Napoleon and the King of England. The name has since changed to Vin de Constance but it retains its reputation as one of the best sweet wines in the world.
One of the best things about this vineyard is that the views are as good as the produce. Situated a short drive out of Cape Town, the estate offers outstanding views over False Bay. Before heading to the tasting room, make sure to tour the grounds and take it all in.