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How to Support Western Cape Wine Farms During Extended Level 3

With the third alcohol ban in South Africa under extended Level 3 regulations, wine farms – and restaurants – across the Western Cape are bleeding. So, for this post, I want to try highlight ways to support Western Cape wine farms during extended Level 3. Even if you can’t enjoy a wine tasting or take-home wine purchase.

Show Your Support to Western Cape Wine Farms in Different Ways

Many farms have come up with inventive non-alcoholic alternatives or started brainstorming new activities to enjoy when visiting them. However, the sad case remains that our wine- and restaurant-industry is on its knees.

But the thing I love most about wine farms is that they have stood the test of time, faced incredible difficulties – such as droughts and fires – and still managed to come back thriving.

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South African winemakers are resilient folk – of this, there can be no doubt. (Especially in a climate like the Western Cape where the elements bring their own daily challenges…)

I think this time though, in order for them to survive and eventually thrive again, we must all do our bit to help. Be that through a socially distanced picnic, online wine orders (for delivery later) or on-site restaurant meal or accommodation stay.

Here is How You Can Help These Wine Farms During Extended Level 3

I recently shared a poll on my Instagram asking if my followers wanted to know how they, as consumers, can still support wine farms during extended Level 3’s alcohol ban. The majority who voted said yes.

While I think we all know the safest place to be right now is still home, if you go out – please consider supporting a wine farm.

And whether you stay home or go out, please be responsible and vigilant at all times. Wear a mask. Sanitise often. Social distance. And above all, stay home if you feel unwell. 

Constantia Charmer

First up I am sharing: Groot Constantia, found in the beautiful Constantia Winelands.

I first visited this historic estate a few years ago, as part of City Sightseeing’s Cape Wine Bus tour.

How you can support this estate:

Here are ways to support Groot Constantia (within your personal comfort and safety levels):

  • In extended Level 3, online orders can still be placed for delivery once the ban lifts. Orders qualify for free delivery when you spend R1000 or more.
  • In addition to the estate’s individual bottles, you can order mixed case(s) of Groot Constantia wine.
  • Choose between the following mixed case options: mixed whites; reds; red blends; red and white case. Visit their website for details: grootconstantia.co.za.
  • Jonkershuis Restaurant is open, Monday – Saturday, 08:00 am – 19:00 pm and on Sundays from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm. Reservations can be made at: (021) 794 6255 or info@jhuis.co.za.
  • Simon’s Restaurant is also open. They recently launched a new breakfast menu, available daily between 09:00 am – 11:30 am. To make a reservation at Simon’s, contact: (021) 794 1143 or info@simons.co.za.
  • Guests are welcome to walk about the estate and to apparently visit the museum.

 

Some Durbanville Wine Valley Gems:

De Grendel Wines

The next wine farm I am sharing is: De Grendel, situated in my beloved Durbanville Wine Valley. Since my visit in 2019, De Grendel has been one of my favourite wine farms in the Western Cape for so many reasons.

How you can support this estate:

This award-winning estate has been especially inventive about their product offerings and exceptional to its staff during the alcohol bans.

These are just some of the ways you can support De Grendel through the latest ban.

  • De Grendel wines can still be ordered on the online store – for delivery later once the ban lifts.
  • Also, international wine lovers can find a list of international agents/suppliers up on De Grendel’s website.
  • Additionally, De Grendel is also selling wine vouchers at the Tasting Room. These can be redeemed once the ban lifts.
  • De Grendel’s restaurant is also open for standard meal offerings. These can be enjoyed at the restaurant at the following times: Thursday to Sunday (lunch), 11:30 am – 13: 00 pm. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (dinner): 17:00 pm. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Tasty Tapas

  • In this latest ban, De Grendel has just launched some exciting new tapas. These tasty gourmet tapas are the brainchild of Chef Ian Bergh and the restaurant team.
  • With a varied menu, the gourmet tapas are available Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 am – 18:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 15:00 pm.
  • Tapas can be enjoyed in the Tasting Room, on the lawns or on the Tasting stoep/porch, allowing you to soak up the distant views of Table Mountain that the estate enjoys.
  • Tapas pricing is R270 per person for 5 tapas and a mocktail. Booking is essential. Please contact De Grendel directly to book.

Farm Tours

  • De Grendel is also offering scenic, daily farm tours, at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 14:00 pm by appointment only. See wildlife on the farm and learn more about the estate’s rich history and its impressive wines. 
  • Farm tours are R500 for two people – or R900 for two, including a picnic*. (*Wednesday to Sunday only.) For an extra person, there is a supplementary cost of R200. A maximum of ten guests are allowed on a tour.
  • Farm tour bookings are essential (book at least a day in advance) and tours are weather-dependent. Please email Douglas directly to book: douglas@degrendel.co.za.

Nitida Wine Farm

The next wine farm in focus is: Nitida, another pretty gem of a wine estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley.

How you can support this estate:

  • During Level 3’s alcohol ban, customers can still purchase wine from Nitida’s online shop. Wine orders will be delivered once the ban lifts.
  • Additionally, this beautiful estate also offers two lovely restaurants in the child-friendly Tables at Nitida and Cassia at Nitida that remain open to visitors.
  • While both restaurants are taking strain under the shortened trading hours, they are still both open during extended Level 3, ready to serve up a range of delicious meals.
  • Cassia Restaurant is currently open from 09:00 am – 11:30 am for their legendary breakfasts and then from 12:00 pm – 17:00 pm for lunch.
  • Tables at Nitida meanwhile is open from 09:00 am – 16:00 pm daily. This restaurant is child-friendly, making it a help for families eating out.
  • Both restaurants at Nitida are lovely and offer stunning settings and tasty food. What’s more, there is indoor and outdoor seating to choose from at both eateries.

On a personal note, Cassia is one of the few restaurants I have dined at since COVID-19 hit SA shores and when I visited late last year, I felt safe with the COVID-19 regulations and cleaning protocols that they have in place.

 

Meerendal Wine Estate

The next Durbanville Winelands gem in focus is hugely family-friendly Meerendal Wine Estate, one I love for its warm hospitality and lovely outdoor offerings especially.

How you can support this estate:

  • During extended Level 3’s alcohol ban, customers can still purchase wine from Meerendal’s online store. As per national regulations, wine orders can only be delivered once the alcohol ban gets lifted.
  • Their farmstall is also welcoming guests for tasty breakfasts. Their breakfast menu can be enjoyed from 07:00 am – 16:00 pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. (On rainy days, there is even a sheltered indoor seating area.)
  • One of the estate’s newest attractions, the artisan bakery, is also ready to supply local farms and businesses with their daily bread.  They offer a selection of farm-style breads, sweet- and savoury-muffins and different treats too. These are all available from the Farmstall for enjoyment.

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  • Meerendal’s popular running and MTB trails remain open to the public. They have both day or annual passes to choose from.
  • Carlucci’s Restaurant is also there to serve up a great selection of food and drinks in a safe, child-friendly space.
  • Meerendal’s Boutique Hotel is open to guests. Hotel guests even enjoy free trail access.
  • Finally, Meerendal’s conferencing venue remains open to small groups, in line with COVID-19 regulations.

 

Diemersdal 

The next wine farm in focus is: Diemersdal, another classy offering found in the Durbanville Wine Valley.

How you can support this estate:

  • During extended Level 3’s alcohol ban, customers can still purchase wine from Diemersdal’s online shop. Your wine will be delivered as soon as the restrictions lift.
  • Their incredible restaurant, Diemersdal Farm Eatery, is also open to guests during Level 3. The restaurant’s current trading hours are as follows: Tuesday to Saturday, between 12:00 pm – 15:00 pm for lunch.
  • They are also holding their famous steak nights on Thursday evenings. These can be enjoyed until 20:00 pm.

 

Durbanville Hills

The next wine farm in focus is: the scenic Durbanville Hills, a wine farm gem located up on high in the Durbanville Wine Valley.

This estate is one that immediately made its beauty and presence felt when I visited it a few years ago for one of their excellent pairing options… the views from this estate are, quite simply put, stunning!

How you can support this estate:

  • Unfortunately, customers cannot purchase wine from the estate’s website during the ban – but please keep them in mind once it lifts and show renewed support.
  • Happily though, the estate’s beautiful restaurant, Tangram, is running a great 2-for-1 breakfast or main meal special at the moment up until 15 February 2021. (This offer excludes Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2021.)
  • Tangram is a gorgeous restaurant and well worth a visit if you and a friend or partner are comfortable dining out now to enjoy this incredible special.

 

Canto Wines

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Another beautiful Durbanville Wine Valley estate is the relatively new but very popular Canto Wines. This estate is a lovely boutique wine farm offering, that also doubles as a magical wedding- and function-venue.

How you can support this estate:

  • Currently, Canto Wines is running some nice, small promotions on their online shop. So you can order now and enjoy the wines later once the ban lifts and wine delivery is permitted!
  • The estate is also selling excellent tasting vouchers for their famous MCC and macaroon pairing.
  • You can purchase these delightful tasting vouchers from the online store and use them in future – or give them as special gifts to friends and loved ones.
  • On-site, guests can still enjoy the deli, which sells delectable cold meat cuts, cheeses and preserves. These can be enjoyed as a picnic meal (weather-permitting) or better still, if you are concerned about being out of your home for too long, you can take them home to enjoy when desired.
  • Current opening hours for the Canto deli are: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 17:00 pm. Saturdays from 10:00 am – 16:00 pm. And finally, on Sundays, from 11:00 am – 15:00 pm.
  • Note: Please be advised they may close their doors a half an hour or hour earlier if business is especially quiet.

 

Bloemendal Estate

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The next Durbanville wine farm is: Bloemendal. Bloemendal is a hugely popular estate, loved for its family-friendly offerings and laid-back farm vibes above all else.

How you can support this estate:

  • Bloemendal is open for wine orders through its website or via email. Delivery will take place as soon as the alcohol ban is lifted.
  • Up until 15 February 2021, the estate is running a great 20% wine discount special for those who order 12 or more bottles.
  • As a bonus, delivery within a 10km radius of the estate will be free – otherwise, a small fee will apply.
  • Customers can place wine orders via the website by filling out an order request. Alternatively, they can email Bloemendal at winetasting@bloemendalwines.co.za. (An invoice, with EFT details, will then follow.)
  • The estate is also offering excellent vouchers for their tasting room pairings (the nougat, ice-cream and kiddies’ pairing options). Buy pairing vouchers now and enjoy them later once the alcohol restriction passes.
  • These vouchers also make a special gift for a friend or loved one. Again, they can enjoy redeeming them once the ban passes.
  • On-site, the Bloemendal Trail Park and child-friendly Bon Amis Restaurant are both open to guests.
  • For more info on the restaurant’s current trading hours and offerings, please contact Bloemendal or Bon Amis directly.
  • For trail park-related queries, please get in touch with Biosport.

 

Klein Roosboom

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Considered one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets (shhh) is the beautiful Klein Roosboom. In recent years, this wine farm has become the go-to destination and brought unique offerings to Durbanville.

How you can support this estate:

  • Klein Roosboom is still offering online sales during Level 3’s ban. As per national regulations, wine orders will be delivered when the restrictions lift.
  • From Tuesdays to Sundays, Klein Roosboom’s picnic areas, scenic farm trails and deli are open to guests.
  • The veranda area, near the deli, is serviced but most of the other spots on the farm are self-service. Guests are given a buzzer that notifies them when their order is ready. They can simply collect and enjoy.
  • For a more unique dining experiences, there are tables set amid the vineyards where guests can sit and enjoy their deli goods.
  • The picnic areas are dotted about on the lawns, by the deli and below the cellar, near where the sandpit and kiddies’ swings are found. These are ideal for visiting families to utilise.
  • For more info on these offerings, please contact the estate directly.

 

Several Fair Franschhoek Farms:

Rickety Bridge Wine Estate

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Moving over to fairest Franschhoek, we have the lovely Rickety Bridge. I first visited this wine farm a few years back as part of the Wine Tram and loved our tasting experience here.

How you can support this estate:

  • Local wine lovers can head over to the estate’s online wine shop and order now for delivery once the ban lifts.
  • Although Paulina’s Restaurant is closed at this time, guests can still enjoy this estate’s gorgeous accommodation.
  • Guest houses, Rickety Bridge Manor and Basse Provence, are both open and ready to welcome guests for a relaxing stay in the beautiful winelands. For more info on accommodation pricing and availability, please contact Rickety Bridge directly or visit their website.
  • For international shoppers, your international wine purchases can be made through their various suppliers.
  • These include:
    – Capreo (in Europe): capreo.com.
    – RR Elite Wine (in the UK): rrelitewines.co.uk.
    – Cape Ardor (in the US): wineshop.cape-ardor.com
    – WIFI Wines (in North Carolina): wifiwines.com/rickety-bridge-wines

La Motte

Our next wine farm in focus is one of my personal favourites in the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley: La Motte.

Offering a taste of culture, natural beauty (in its gorgeous garden) and quality food, wines and other shop goods, La Motte is a well-rounded gem.

How you can support this estate:

  • While the alcohol ban endures, consumers in SA are most welcome to purchase wines online: www.la-motte.com. Orders will go out on delivery once the ban lifts.
  • International wine lovers can still buy wine via La Motte’s partners in the EU (capreo.com)
    and US (wineshop.cape-ardor.com) respectively.
  • On-site, guests can still enjoy visiting the estate for a lovely a la carte restaurant lunch or more relaxed, light lunch offering in the garden, with delicious food served up by Pierneef à La Motte.
  • You can also visit their fascinating museum – or join a art experience, historic walk or sculpture walk on the estate.
  • Gift shopping and take-home treats are sorted, thanks to La Motte Farm Shop.
  • And finally, guests can escape to the mountains and enjoy some quality hiking. There are both guided and self-guided tours available to enjoy.
  • For those who prefer to stay safe at home, there are even some exciting virtual offerings to enjoy. These include virtual wine tastings and art talks and tours. Please visit their website for more on these.

 

Holden Manz

Holden Manz is another gorgeous wine farm tucked away in Franschhoek. This estate offers memorable wine, accommodation and food, while also doubling as a special wedding venue.

How you can support this estate:

  • Throughout extended Level 3’s alcohol ban, you are still able to order wine online. Delivery will take place once the ban lifts.
  • International sales continue as normal, with the help of the estate’s overseas importers.
  • They have just run a great promotion recently on their online wine orders – and may or may not do so again so keep a beady eye on their social feeds in case of such an event.
  • While the restaurant is sadly closed at this time, guests can still check-in for a great stay at the estate, thanks to their five-star, five suite guest house accommodation offering.
  • To enquire about hosting your wedding at Holden Manz in time, please contact them directly for wedding venue details and pricing.
  • For all other queries or more info on the above offerings, please contact Holden Manz directly or visit their website.

 

Babylonstoren

Another Franschhoek favourite of mine is the beautiful Babylonstoren. This working farm and wine estate has fans around the world thanks to its quality food and wine, luxurious accommodation and above all, mesmerising garden spaces.

How you can support this estate:

  • The estate has a plethora of excellent and safe activities to enjoy on-site.
  • The garden is open daily from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm (last entry at 16:00 pm), it promises a glorious day out in the countryside for all ages to enjoy.
  • The estate is carefully monitoring farm visitors and maintaining social distancing to ensure everyone’s safety. All staff and guests must wear masks and enhanced cleaning protocols are in place.
  • Another unmissable attraction is their wonderful Farm Shop, which stays open until 17:30 pm, and allows guests to stock up on a range of fresh goods and delectable treats, as well as so much more.

Food, Spa Treatments and Hotel Stays

  • The two restaurants, Babel and Greenhouse are open for delicious meals, ideal for those who wish to linger longer.
  • In addition to the garden’s natural beauties, the Garden Spa is also still offering certain treatments for those who need a little pampering.
  • The estate’s enviable Farm Hotel is also open to guests during Level 3. It promises a relaxing stay, complete with a range of open-air activities to enjoy.
  • If you prefer to stay safe at home, they have you covered too. Order a wide range of quality goods from their online shop. Including everything from fine living products to farm produce and even artisanal goodies from their Bakery, Meat Room, Cheese Room or Juicery.

 

La Bri

Next up is La Bri. This lovely little Franschhoek gem feels so underrated to me but I absolutely adore its wines and its picnic offerings!

How you can support this estate:

  • Happily, La Bri is accepting online wine orders during Level 3. They will deliver to your door as soon as the restrictions lift.
  • To order your wines now to enjoy later, please head over to: www.labri.co.za.
  • While the estate is currently closed unless they get a picnic request, they are offering a very exciting picnic board.
  • If you would like to visit and try this special picnic board, please get in touch with them and book – so that you can join them for a fun estate picnic.

Picnic Board Offering

  • The picnic wooden board is a tasty cheese, fruit and biltong offering priced at R450 per board. Each board is perfect for two people sharing.
  • The cheese – locally sourced from within the Franschhoek valley – is perfectly paired with onion marmalade and freshly made bread. Included alongside this are their estate olives, Turkish apricots and raisins.
  • There is also free range biltong and droëwors to whet your appetite.
  • For something to snack on as you go, why not tuck into their sea salt and pepper beetroot chips with hummus or fresh seasonal fruit?
  • Finally, to end things off on a sweeter note, tuck into a little treat of something sweet.
  • Please note: Picnic boards are only available on request and must be booked 48 hours in advance. Bookings will only be confirmed once payment is received.
  • For more infomation on this picnic board offering, please contact La Bri directly.

 

Mont Rochelle

Next up we have one of my favourite Franschhoek estates in Mont Rochelle.

I first visited this estate a few years back with the Wine Tram and then returned quite recently for a wonderful picnic experience. Both times, my visits were glorious and filled with good memories.

How you can support this estate:

  • While under Level 3 restrictions, consumers are still welcome to order wines for delivery later. You can purchase directly from their website: www.virginlimitededition.com/en/mont-rochelle/wines#buy-our-wines.
  • They currently have some exciting specials running at the moment. Including 10% off the Little Rock range, 15% of the Mont Rochelle range and 20% of their MIKO range.
  • For international wine lovers, you can buy wines through the website as well. These can be purchased in the UK, US and EU respectively.
  • And keep an eye out for possible wine vouchers that may also be offered by the estate soon!

Stay the Night

  • For those wishing to explore the estate directly, they are open to guests during Level 3.
  • As for accommodation, SA residents can enjoy excellent exclusive rates, while savouring a winelands escape or weekend break.
  • Newly exclusive rates for Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet rooms are from R3500 per room, per night. While their Pinotage suites are R5000 per room, per night and their Cap Classique suites are R6000 per room, per night.
  • Rates are based on two people sharing so single occupants enjoy a further 25% discount of the per room rates.
  • Each overnight stay includes:
    – A lovely daily breakfast while enjoying spectacular views out across the Dassenberg mountains, estate and valley;
    – Luxury accommodation in your room or suite;
    – Complimentary minibar (restocked daily);
    – Complimentary WiFi and much more.
  • To keep your blood pumping, you can enjoy a floodlit game of tennis, fun lawn games or scenic walks about the estate.

Picnics, Restaurant Meals and More

  • Estate restaurants, Country Kitchen and MIKO, are both still welcoming guests too. So pop by for a tasty meal.
  • The Country Kitchen is available for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday or lunch on Sunday, while MIKO is open for weekend breakfasts.
  • You can also enjoy one of the estate’s incredible picnics on the lawn or the dam area, as I did in the past.
  • The estate is also a great wedding venue that looks forward to hosting more beautiful weddings so be sure to make enquiries about their wedding service offerings and venue facilities.

 

Some Stellenbosch Stunners:

Kunjani Wines

This next wine farm is something of a hidden gem in Stellenbosch: Kunjani Wines.

To say I love everything about Kunjani – from its excellent food and wines to its warm hospitality and amazing people – is an understatement because this is one very special wine farm, run with the greatest attention to detail, passion and care.

How you can support this estate:

  • During the Level 3 ban, you can still order Kunjani Wines on their online shop: kunjaniwines.co.za/wines/shop. As per regulations, deliveries will resume once the ban is lifted.
  • Additionally, their incredible, vibrant restaurant is open to guests for delicious, wholesome breakfasts and lunches, seven days a week. At present, their restaurant’s opening hours are as follows: 08:30 am – 10:30 am (breakfast) and 11:00 am – 16:00 pm (lunch). This may change – so please note that booking is essential during extended Level 3.
  • The restaurant offers both lovely indoor and outdoor deck seating so if you prefer to get some fresh air, they have you sorted. Either way, all necessary COVID-19 protocols are in place to ensure staff and visitor safety.

Charming Villas to Enjoy

  • The estate’s dreamy villas are also open for guest bookings: https://kunjaniwines.co.za/villas/.
  • While they are currently running an excellent per week special for their Cabernet and Merlot Villas (R5 600 for seven nights; sleeps two) and Stolen Chicken and Shiraz Villas (R8 400 for seven nights; sleeps four)you can still book on their standard day rate, if you only wish to stay a night or two.
  • These colourful, luxurious villas are perfect for a country escape or self-isolation, if needed. They are completely sanitised prior to check-in and fully equipped for a self-catering stay.
  • All accommodation bookings must be directed to Pia at: info@kunjaniwines.co.za. 

 

Villiera Wines

Our next Stellenbosch estate is one I loved in every regard when I visited it a few years ago: Villiera Wines. With their immense pride in and passion for their wines, nature/wildlife conservation and their customers, Villiera is special for so many reasons.

Some of the highlights at this estate include their incredible game drives where you can see a wide range of game, including giraffes; their beautiful pairings, special MCC and other quality wines and perhaps almost above all, their sustainable approach to farming, which is both admirable and moving to witness.

How you can support this estate:

  • During Level 3’s ban, the estate is still taking online wine orders through their online shop: villierashop.com. As per national regulations, wine orders will be sent out once the ban lifts.
  • If you sign up as a wine club member, you will also qualify for an extra 5% discount off the usual Wine Club benefits. This is valid until the end of February 2021.
  • Also, to help customers in this time, they have delayed their price increase until 1 March 2021.
  • The estate is enjoying great support from their international wine sales, which are available for international wine lovers to enjoy.

Exciting Game Drives

  • Villiera’s amazing game drives are continuing during extended Level 3, just without the tasting for the time being. However, this is a relatively safe and altogether fun outing to enjoy as you are out on an open vehicle.
  • On the game drive, you will learn all about this unique wildlife sanctuary; enjoy seeing a host of beautiful mammals up close – everything from springbok to bush pigs and black wildebeest – all while embarking on a fun, informative game drive in the country.
  • Game drive bookings are essential; to book, please contact the estate on: +27 (021) 865 2002.

Blaauwklippen Vineyards

Another of my favourite Stellenbosch estates is Blaauwklippen. This wonderfully family-friendly estate has it all: a popular market, great wines, a lovely eatery and some of the best wedding venue and accommodation.

How you can support this estate:

  • Presently, the estate is taking some time to pause and reflect, while also focusing on their 2021 harvest. This means that, for now, both their farm shop and tasting room are closed for renovations and maintenance. So keep an eye on their social feeds for any changes in this regard.
  • Just because you can’t visit and enjoy wine yet though, doesn’t mean you cannot order the estate’s wines online for delivery after the alcohol ban has been lifted.
  • To order your wines in advance, please head over to their online shop: https://www.blaauwklippen.com/wine-by-category.

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Zorgvliet Wine Estate

Our next wine farm in focus is another Stellenbosch stunner in Zorgvliet. Although I have only had the pleasure of briefly visiting this estate, it was definitely love at first sight.

With its beautiful setting, tranquil grounds and wonderful offerings – everything from classic picnics to memorable weddings – Zorgvliet offers so much as an estate.

How you can support this estate:

  • During the ban, Zorgvliet is permitting online wine sales through its website – but naturally, for delivery later once the ban lifts. Delivery is included and they can deliver free of charge to anywhere in South Africa.
  • As both the restaurant and picnic offerings are based outside, with plenty of space for easy social distancing and relaxing, they are open to guests.
  • Zorgvliet is perfect for a family outing too, especially as they have a great jungle gym, splash pad and sand pit for the little ones.
  • Currently, they are also running a wonderful accommodation special. Pay R800 per person sharing during the months of January and February 2021 and enjoy a soothing stay at this Stellenbosch estate. Guests who book accommodation in this time will also receive an exciting 15% discount on their picnic baskets.
  • The weddings department is also running a special package for available dates. This is based on numbers so Ts and Cs do apply. But it is essentially a 15% discount off the current venue hire (if you meet the necessary discount requirements).
  • For more information on these offerings, please contact Zorgvliet directly or visit their website.

 

Marianne Wines

Another fine Stellenbosch estate is Marianne Wines, loved for its incredible wines, beautiful accommodation offerings, wine tours and of course, excellent restaurant offering in Floreal Restaurant.

Although I have only briefly visited this estate, I loved what I saw and found it to be positively enchanting. I definitely plan to visit it more extensively in time.

How you can support this estate:

  • While Level 3’s ban is ongoing, Marianne Wines is currently accepting wine orders for delivery once the ban lifts. To order, please email them at: taste@mariannewinefarm.co.za.
  • The estate is also accepting accommodation bookings in its beautifully appointed accommodation. Guests can book accommodation for two from R1900 per night (including breakfast) and enjoy a soothing stay in the Stellenbosch Winelands.

Glorious Floreal Food

  • For those keen to get out and enjoy a delicious meal, the estate’s popular restaurant, Floreal Brasserie, is also happily open in this time.
  • You can visit the restaurant for lunch on Thursday to Sunday, from 12:00 pm – 17:00 pm and enjoy a South African-inspired menu offering.
  • Please note that restaurant bookings are essential. To book, email them at: hospitality@mariannewinefarm.co.za or drop them a WhatsApp message at: +27 (082) 394 5460.
  • For additional information or queries, please contact Marianne Wines directly or visit their website.

 

Joostenberg Wine Estate

Joostenberg Wine Estate is a beautiful, peaceful estate tucked away in Muldersvlei. Arguably the main focal point of this estate are its organic wines and its incredible, country-style restaurant, The Kraal.

Home to glorious weekend lunches, during which time seems to drift by at a kinder pace, The Kraal Restaurant is an important part of Joostenberg and one made for guests to enjoy.

How you can support this estate:

  • You can purchase wines online from Joostenberg Wine Estate for delivery once the liquor ban lifts. Simply head over to: joostenberg.co.za and place your order.
  • The Kraal Restaurant continues to offer their amazing weekend lunches. They are serving their signature farm lunches on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Their three-course lunches cost R385 per person and the menu changes weekly to incorporate a fresh, locally sourced ingredient approach.
  • Although the estate sadly cannot serve its beautiful organic wines under the ban, they are welcoming guests to The Kraal with refreshingly cool iced tea (made with rooibos, infused with granadillas and peppercorn from the farm) and other non-alcoholic drinks.

Lovely Weekend Lunches at The Kraal

  • The Kraal offers a wonderful, airy outdoor space. It is perfect for sheltered, yet socially distanced, al fresco dining.  Tables are widely spaced out and guests can also enjoy lovely walks around the garden before or after lunch.
  • The estate and restaurant are also offering great gift vouchers for sale. These can be purchased now and redeemed later on, once the ban lifts.
  • Gift vouchers cost R385 and are valid for one person to enjoy a three-course lunch and wine tasting when permitted by law. They make the perfect gift for spoiling a loved one, friend or even yourself with.
  • The Kraal is also looking forward to hosting special, Greek village-themed Valentine’s Day weekend lunches on 13 and 14 February 2021. For full menu details, please click here.
  • Finally, The Kraal will also be hosting two exciting Kraal Garden Art Workshops during February 2021. Full details will be shared on their social feeds soon so please keep an eye out for that!

 

A Helderberg Gem:

Lourensford Wine Estate

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Lourensford is a farm made for social distancing, thanks to its vast garden spaces, lawns and tranquil shaded spots. Guests can visit the estate and explore the gardens or enjoy a host of fun activities and experiences.

I love this Helderberg estate and find it especially geared towards families, friends and couples.

How you can support this estate:

  • No off-site food or drink is allowed so grab a bite to eat from one of the estate’s food gems and enjoy them in the gardens for a lovely al fresco dining experience.
  • If you prefer a proper sit-down meal, head to The Millhouse Kitchen or the popular Coffee Roasting Company.
  • There is also Ghenwa’s Culinary Club, who specialises in private functions and bookings but also offers picnics and Sunday shwarmas on her deck.
  • For those keen to get their blood moving with some gentle exercise, you can enjoy Saturday morning outdoor zumba or Sunday morning outdoor yoga with Life Retreat Studio.
  • Art lovers, meanwhile, will enjoy a visit to the Art Curator and as for the kiddies, they can have a blast at the wonderland play facility, Wunderkind.
  • For those keen for something more challenging, there is also great clay pigeon shooting offered by Clay Pigeon Adventures.
  • For more information on these offerings, please contact Lourensford directly or visit their website.

 

Wellington Wonders:

Val du Charron: Wine and Leisure Estate

Another Wellington gem is the beautiful Val du Charron. This award-winning wine and leisure estate offers the most gorgeous views, lovely accommodation and more for visitors to enjoy.

How you can support this estate:

  • During Level 3’s ban, Val du Charron is still allowing consumers to purchase wine online via their shop:shop.vdcwines.co.za. As per national regulations, the deliveries will go out once the ban gets lifted.
  • In addition to this, visitors are still welcome to enjoy a relaxing stay in either the estate’s four- or five-star accommodation.
  • Currently, the estate is running a 50% off promotion on their accommodation until end March 2021.
  • You can book via their website or by contacting them directly via: (021) 873 1256 or stay@vdcwines.com.

 

Dunstone Country Estate and Winery

Another great estate in the Wellington winelands is the beautiful Dunstone Country Estate and Winery.

Dunstone remains one of my most special travel highlights and is such a well-rounded estate for all ages to enjoy. No matter whether you are after a fun family trip or a romantic couples’ getaway.

How you can support this estate:

  • This gorgeous estate is permitting online wine purchases via their online store: shop.dunstone.co.za. Customers can purchase wines now with deliveries to follow once permitted to do so.
  • Their beautiful Stone Kitchen Bistro remains open to diners of all ages and all necessary protocols are in place.
  • There is plenty of outdoor seating, garden space and sanitised play areas for guests young and old to savour.
  • Dunstone offers the best of the countryside: animals, fresh country air, mountain views, pools, warm hospitality and above all, peace and quiet, even in this crazy time.

Dreamy Dunstone’s Accommodation Offerings

  • If you wish to escape to the Winelands for a dreamy stay (trust me on that), then you can book one of their excellent accommodation offerings. All of Dunstone’s accommodation units are open.
  • Each accommodation unit offers space, seclusion and above all, perfect social distancing.
  • This is especially true of their self-catering Manor House, Acorn Cottage and Guava Cottage, which I previously loved staying in a few years back. Their Vine honeymoon suite is also extremely popular, thanks to its seclusion.
  • The estate offers self check-in to keep both staff and visitors safe.
  • Additionally, their rates have been kept at low season pricing, making them especially great value.
  • To book, please contact Dunstone directly on: (021) 864 1504 or email them at stay@dunstone.co.za.

 

Paarl’s Pearls:

Nederburg

One of Paarl’s most famous and historic estates, Nederburg, is always a glorious place to go. Whether you visit for food, wine or a little relaxing in their impressive gardens, there’s no shortage of appeal at Nederburg.

How you can support this estate:

  • While this esteemed estate is not offering online wine sales for post-ban delivery, it does have two very exciting, special Valentine’s offerings in store for guests to enjoy.
  • Treat yourself and your special person to a memorable, safe dining experience or laid-back picnic this Valentine’s.
  • Guests can choose between a gorgeous, open-air picnic on the lawn surrounding the beautiful Manor House or a dreamy, candle-lit dinner experience inside its historic walls.

A Nederburg Picnic for Your Valentine

  • The picnic is priced at R460 per basket and includes a host of delicious goodies and a bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling wine to enjoy together.
  • Start off with a selection of local cheeses and charcuterie, paired with olives, pickles, hummus and nuts.
  • For the main picnic course, enjoy roasted baby chicken, with caramelised potatoes and a crisp, fresh salad.
  • For dessert, tuck into a decadent chocolate brownie.

Candle-lit Dinner Experience

  • For those who prefer to dine in style in the Manor House itself or out on the porch/stoep, you can expect a ‘journey of flavours’ dinner.
  • This will be served on the evenings of 13th and 15th February, with the last seating at 18:00 pm.
  • Upon arrival, guests can enjoy some tasty nibbles, followed by a delicious starter.
  • There is a choice of two excellent main course options, followed by a decadent dessert and after-dinner coffee and tea, with petit fours to really sweeten the deal.
  • This lavish dinner is priced at R900 for two or R450 for a single diner. (Excluding drinks not mentioned above.)
  • Alternatively, pay R650 per couple or R350 for a single diner if you opt to leave out the nibbles on arrival and after-dinner coffee and petit fours.
  • Please ensure you book minimum 24 hours in advance for the picnic or dinner experience by contacting Nederburg on: (021) 862 3104 or info@nederburg.com.
  • Please be advised all COVID-19 protocols will be in place and guests must wear a mask at all times, unless seated at their table. Upon arrival, contactless temperature readings will be taken; right of admission reserved.

 

Glen Carlou

Moving over to Paarl, we have the gorgeous Glen Carlou. Nestled up on high, this estate offers stunning vistas, excellent wines and a dining experience of note.

How you can support this estate:

  • Although their Visitor Centre is currently closed and you sadly cannot visit the estate in this time, it is worth keeping them in mind for later on. When their restaurant, tasting room and art gallery reopen to the public, this estate offers visitors so much to enjoy.
  • In the meantime, you can support Glen Carlou through this trying time by purchasing some of their two exciting wine pack options.
  • Up until 31 January 2021, or while stocks last, they will be running an exclusive 20% discount off the final price.
  • Choose between the white wine pack (R597 for 6 whites) and enjoy the following:
    – 2020 Chardonnay
    – 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
    – 2019 Collection Chenin Blanc
    – 2020 Petite Chardonnay
    – 2019 Unwooded Chardonnay
    – 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé
  • If you are more of a red wine lover, then you will love their red wine pack (R676 for 6 reds), which offers the following:
    – 2020 Pinot Noir
    – 2019 Syrah
    – 2019 Merlot
    – 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
    – 2018 Grand Classique
    – 2019 Haven Shiraz
  • As per regulations, wine orders placed during the alcohol ban will only be delivered once permitted by law.

 

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate

Another Paarl estate that is wonderful for all ages is Rhebokskloof Wine Estate. I was charmed by this estate when I visited it some time ago.

It offers so much in terms of outdoor activities, natural estate beauty, warm hospitality and of course, good food and wine.

How you can support this estate:

  • With the current restrictions, this estate is focusing on the export market – but locals can still buy wine now for delivery later once the ban lifts. Please visit their online shop to browse available wines for shopping now and enjoying later, post-ban.
  • Visitors are still welcome to the estate for meals and picnics. Enjoy a delicious meal at their family-friendly restaurant or indulge in a special picnic experience. Either way, there is plenty of space for social distancing and all safety measures are in place.
  • For more information on picnic offerings, restaurant meals and trading hours during extended Level 3, please contact the estate directly or visit their website.
  • For outdoor lovers, you can also enjoy utilising their excellent MTB, running or walking trails. These trails open at 07:00 am every day of the year. Please see here for more insight or contact the estate directly.

 

Vondeling Wines

Another lovely Paarl estate is Vondeling Wines. This beauty offers guests everything from special weddings to memorable accommodation and of course, excellent wines.

While I have not yet visited this estate, I have had the pleasure of sampling their great wine.

How you can support this estate:

  • The estate has chosen to temporarily close its tasting room with the current restrictions. However, you can still order your favourite Vondeling Wines from their online shop. These orders will be delivered as soon as the alcohol ban lifts.
  • They are running a promotion on all their wines until 31 January 2021.
  • Non-wine club members enjoy 15% off, while wine club members enjoy 25% off – so be sure to order today to enjoy later on.
  • For wine orders and delivery inquiries, please contact Hilani van der Merwe at wine@vondelingwines.co.za.
  • For international wine lovers, you can find a list of Vondeling’s international agents here.

Weddings at Vondeling

  • As for their beautiful wedding venue and facilities, prospective couples are welcome to make enquiries. For viewings or additional information on weddings at Vondeling, please contact Zeldi du Plessis at: info@vondelingwines.co.za.

 

An Elegant Elgin Gem

Elgin Vintners

Heading over to my beloved Elgin Valley, we have the beautiful Elgin Vintners.

This estate offers a selection of gorgeous, cool climate wines, dreamy garden spaces, luxurious accommodation and a lovely wedding venue to name just a few things that make it a stand out.

While I have not, as yet, visited the estate (it’s on my to-do list), I have had the pleasure of sampling their wine and it is seriously good.

How you can support this estate:

  • During Level 3’s ban, the estate is selling its wine online for delivery once the ban lifts. They are also running some exciting wine promotions so be sure to head over to their online shop and stock up on some great wines to enjoy post-restrictions.
  • For international wine orders, please contact Michelle Feast at: info@elginvintners.co.za.
  • Up until 1 February 2021, Elgin Vintners Tasting Room and Eatery is closed to the public but be sure to pop by when they reopen their doors to the public. Elgin makes for a wonderful, safe day trip and it is a great way to escape to the countryside for a bit.
  • Better still, once their tasting room and eatery reopen from 1 Feb 2021, you can also visit them for a delightful picnic on the lawn.
  • Their dreamy Valentine’s sunset picnic offering (for 13 February, not 14) is now open for bookings via Quicket

Luxurious Accommodation and More

  • Happily, the estate’s delightful accommodation offerings are currently open for bookings. They have a selection of suites available in their lovely Country House.
  • While you are staying at Elgin Vintners’ fine estate, why not explore the English-style country gardens, stroll across the expansive lawns or explore the nearby orchards? Elgin is also famous for its MTB trails so if you’re keen to try that, take your bike along!
  • For more on their accommodation offerings, please visit their website. Or to book directly, head over to: https://book.nightsbridge.com/21390.
  • Elgin Vintners also hosts gorgeous weddings. For more on their wedding venue and service offerings, please contact Chrisma Johnson at: guesthouse@elginvintners.co.za.

 

Oak Valley Estate

Another of Elgin’s wine farm wonders is the beautiful Oak Valley Estate.

Not only is this estate one of the most gorgeous you will find anywhere. But with its rich history, ancient towering oak trees, charming cottage offering and some of the best wines and MTB trails in the Cape – Oak Valley impresses in so many ways besides.

How you can support this estate:

  • Under the alcohol ban, customers are still welcome to order wine online. Alternatively, contact the estate directly at wines@oak-valley.co.za. Wine deliveries will take place once the ban lifts.
  • As I mentioned before, Oak Valley is hugely popular for its incredible MTB trails. During extended Level 3, these remain open to the public.
  • MTB riders can now book and pay for their permits online by visiting: oakvalley.co.za/mtb. Day permits cost R50, while the annual permit for 2021 is R500.
  • Paul Cluver trails are currently closed so please be advised that permits are strictly for Oak Valley trails only.
  • Another perfect setup for MTB lovers is the Discovery Café. Here, Balance Coffee Roastery sells delicious, freshly roasted coffee, cool drinks and light snacks, making this the perfect pitstop. Handily, cyclists can also buy their permits and fill out their indemnity forms here.

Summer Pop-up: The Melting Pot at The Pool Room

  • There is also an exciting, summer pop-up in The Melting Pot at The Pool Room. Fronted by talented chef, John van Zyl (former Head Chef at both Thali and Chefs Warehouse) this spot offers the very best in flavourful, globally inspired cuisine.
  • As we can’t travel the world at present, Oak Valley and Chef Van Zyl are bringing the culinary world to the estate for guests to enjoy.
  • The Melting Pot at The Pool Room is open on Wednesdays to Sundays, for lunch from 12:00 pm – 16:00 pm.
  • From January onwards, they are also offering stunning picnics out in the garden. As the tables are mostly outside overlooking the pool and garden, this airy, beautiful space lends itself well for safe, socially distanced outdoor dining. (And did I mention the setting is amazing?)
  • Restaurant and picnic bookings can be made through Dineplan via the website: oakvalley.co.za/restaurant.
  • Picnic menus are also up on the website. Picnics must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance and can be enjoyed out in the garden by two people sharing (per one picnic box).

Sumptuous Self-catering Accommodation

  • Finally, but by no means least, guests can also book the sumptuously appointed 1902 Cottage. This lovely, one-bedroom cottage offers the very best in self-catering country comforts.
  • It has a beautiful open plan downstairs kitchen, fireplace, lounge and braai room, with a large loft upstairs, complete with a king bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
  • The accommodation package includes MTB passes for the duration of your stay, firewood, complimentary WiFi and more to enjoy during your stay.
  • Cottage pricing is R1350 per night (during a week day) and R1450 per night (over a weekend).
  • In February, the estate will also be offering a special Valentine’s package so be sure to keep an eye out for that offering or contact them for more information.

 

Special Robertson Wine Valley Gems

Zandvliet Wine Estate

Situated in the outskirts of the famous Robertson Wine Valley, near Ashton, Zandvliet Wine Estate is a historic wine farm synonymous with Shiraz wines.  In fact, this estate is famous for being one of the first producers of Shiraz in South Africa.

Since 2015, this estate has really grown from strength to strength, particularly with the addition of its stunning tasting room, Kalkveld Lounge, and the revival of its premium, award-winning Shiraz wines, among other exciting wine offerings.

Zandvliet is a gorgeous estate that has that quint-essential Cape Dutch grandeur, while also offering a fresh, modern approach to both wine tasting and experiences.

How you can support this estate:

  • Currently, with the ban and extended Level 3 regulations, the estate is running an excellent online Friends and Family promotion. Order wine now for delivery later and enjoy 20% off your purchase.
  • This online offer is valid until the ban lifts.
  • To pre-order your wines for your enjoyment later, please see: www.vanloveren.co.za.

 

Post Disclaimer:

I understand the seriousness of corona; I personally know people who have fought or died from it so I don’t take it lightly. At all.

But I also know the wine (and restaurant) industry is on its knees. This is why I felt compelled to put this post together.

What’s more, I received an incredible, heartwarming response from the estates that I reached out to. Even through the hardest of times, their gratitude, inventiveness and resilience shines through.

For this post, I contacted a number of Western Cape estates, some of which have perhaps not replied at the time of writing so I may still add to this post if needed. 🙂

Please note: This post is not in any way sponsored or paid for.

I chose to contact the estates that I have personally dealt or worked with or visited as a way of showing my support, giving back and trying to help in this time.

This post is by no means exhaustive – so please continue to support these and other Western Cape wine farms in any way you can in this time.

 

Special Thanks In Closing

I would like to extend a warm thanks to each and every PR rep, tasting room manager, digital marketer, wine farm owner and staff member who assisted with the information, photos (where needed) and facts for this post.

There are too many to mention by name but you know who you are.

I could not have done it without your combined help. Thank you so much.

Author: Tamlyn Ryan

Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

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