Off the beaten track​

South Africa wine

It is time to be adventurous, hit the lesser known boutique wineries, meet with the winemakers and farm owners and experience wine tasting as locals do. For those who prefer to wander off the beaten track, these wine regions are a must visit. Family-run wineries, environmentally conscious and innovative winemakers and exceptional wine are just some reasons why you should hit the road and discover the less travelled wine routes.

South Africa wine

country’s most distinctive and sought-after wines. The winemakers here are scrupulous about the quality and focus on the niche production of controversial wines.

The Swartland

This lesser-known wine region is currently producing some of the country’s most distinctive and sought-after wines. The winemakers here are scrupulous about the quality and focus on the niche production of controversial wines. The climate in the Swartland is warm and dry and the soils are some of the oldest viticultural soils in the world. This makes their wines rich and concentrated where the most popular variety is Chenin Blanc. You will experience these unique wines at their source most likely presented by the winemaker him/herself, but keep in mind that many wineries offer tasting by appointment only.

South Africa wine

Elgin Valley

The Elgin Valley is fast making a name for itself in the wine world. Its unusual geography and cool climate are ideally suited for growing high quality wine grapes especially Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wine route in Elgin encompasses 15 wineries where every wine farm is family owned. You can expect to enjoy an intimate wine tasting often conducted by the owner or wine makers themselves. Your trip to Elgin can be accompanied by a fun, adrenaline filled adventure doing the Cape Canopy Zipline tour, constantly rated as one of the top activities in South Africa. Just make sure that you do the tour before the wine tasting.
elgin

Elgin Valley

The Elgin Valley is fast making a name for itself in the wine world. Its unusual geography and cool climate are ideally suited for growing high quality wine grapes especially Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wine route in Elgin encompasses 15 wineries where every wine farm is family owned. You can expect to enjoy an intimate wine tasting often conducted by the owner or wine makers themselves. Your trip to Elgin can be accompanied by a fun, adrenaline filled adventure doing the Cape Canopy Zipline tour, constantly rated as one of the top activities in South Africa. Just make sure that you do the tour before the wine tasting.
elgin

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

This valley is just outside Hermanus, which is famous for whale-watching. Benefiting from its maritime character, high elevation and cool sea breezes, Hemel-en-Aarde became recognized for its Burgundy-style Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. This narrow focus makes it a great place to do vertical tastings. Each winery produces small volume terroir-driven, premium quality wines that carefully express the winemakers’ personalities. Enjoy a thrilling experience by taking a tour of the valley via horse riding or quad biking.
Hemel-en-Aarde became recognized for its Burgundy-style Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

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