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Wine Farms to Visit on a Sunday in the Cape Winelands and Surrounds

Take a leisurely Sunday cruise into the Winelands and discover some terrific wine farms open for tastings

Last update: 22 May 2018

Sunday, the day of rest. However, thanks to the world-class wine regions on our doorstep, Sundays in Cape Town have become synonymous with setting out on road trips to explore the multitude of wine farms dotted around the region.

Here’s our pick of great wine tasting destinations for Sundays.

LEOPARD'S LEAP FAMILY VINEYARDS
Sundays are a hive of activity at Leopard’s Leap – a family focused vineyard dedicated to making quality wines from their base in the Franschhoek Valley. Hosted in their dedicated Tasting Room, Sunday wine tastings are a big hit for visitors to this wine region as they get to choose from several different tastings within the range. Private group tastings are also available on any day, at R50 per person. These tastings can be customised to suit your palate and can be drawn from all four ranges. These need to be booked and paid for in advance.
Tasting: R25/p for any five wines from the Family Collection, Classic or Lookout ranges.
R40/p for the premium range where you’ll taste six wines from the Culinaria Collection.
R50/p for the private group booking, you will need to book in advance for this. Each wine collection is available for tasting in this option.
Tip: Over weekends, patrons are welcome to enjoy wine cocktails on the veranda with amazing sunset views.
Hours: 11am–5pm

Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | info@leopardsleap.co.za+27 (0)21 876 8002

UNDER OAKS WINE ESTATE
For those looking to take a scenic drive through the historic Paarl wine region, Under Oaks is a favourite for Sunday tastings. The farm produces three different ranges of wine to discover, namely the Britz Brothers, Bla Bla Bla and Under Oaks Private Cellar.
Tasting: Standard: R40/p for five Under Oaks wines.
Premium: R60/p for four premium wines.
Heritage pairing: R95/p for five wines paired with various snacks. It’s best to book this pairing in advance.
Tip: Groups of eight or more people need to book in advance.
Hours: February to October: 11am–4pm, November to January: 9am–4pm

Northern Paarl | Paarl | wine@underoaks.co.za |+27 (0)21 869 8045

PIERNEEF A LA MOTTE
Good food, great wine and breathtaking views are just a small part of the spectacular experience La Motte offers their guests. Passionate about family, heritage and tradition, La Motte’s Sunday Family Lunch special honours the traditional Sunday family lunch, with a superb culinary twist.
Tasting: R50/p for a tasting of seven wines.
Tip: Groups of eight or more people need to book in advance.
Hours: February to October: 11am–4pm, November to January: 9am–4pm

R45 Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | pierneef@la-motte.co.za |+27(0)21 876 8800

SAXENBURG WINE FARM
This quaint Stellenbosch farm dates back to 1693 and is most famed for its Shiraz and Cape Dutch-themed accommodation. For a Sunday wine tasting experience, visit for the unusual pairing of wine drinking and game viewing
Tasting: Guinea fowl: R35/p for four wines.
Private collection: R50/p for six wines.
Chocolate and wine pairing: R60/p for three wine and three chocolate tastings.
Safari: R250/p for the private collection pairing, a cheese platter including three different kinds of cheese, olives, figs, droewors and more. This tasting is hosted in the camp area where you’ll be able to observe zebra, wildebeest, springbok and guinea fowl. Please note: A minimum of two people are needed to secure booking.
Tip: No booking is required for the normal tastings, but the Safari requires booking 24 hours in advance.
Hours: 10am–6pm, with the last booking being taken at 5:30pm.

Polkadraai Road | Kuils River/Stellenbosch | tastingroom@saxenburg.co.za | +27 (0)21 903 6113

DE GRENDEL WINE ESTATE
De Grendel Wine Estate, tucked away in the Durbanville Hills wine region, a 25-minute drive out of the city, sports an elegant alfresco tasting area and a gourmet on-site restaurant. The estate stretches out over almost 220 hectares on the fynbos-covered slopes of Tygerberg Hill.
Tasting: Premium: R60/p for five wines.
Flagship: R80/p for five wines.
Tip: Wine tasting is free for De Grendel Loyalty Club members and a guest. To join, you need to buy 12 bottles of wine.
Hours: 10am–4pm

Plattekloof Road | Panorama |info@degrendel.co.za | +27 (0)21 558 7035

DORNIER WINE ESTATE
This Stellenbosch wine estate is known for experimenting with blends of wine to give their patrons something new and delicious to enjoy. The result? Excellent wines which you can enjoy by the bottle at their signature restaurant, take it home or enjoy some Sunday wine tasting.
Tasting: R50/p for six wines of the day. Bookings are required for groups of six or more.
Tip: There’s also a cellar tour at R50/p.
Hours: 10am–5pm

Blaauwklippen Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 880 0557

KLEINE ZALZE WINERY
The tasting room at Kleine Zalze is open seven days a week. However, opt for a Sunday drive into the picturesque wine region between Stellenbosch and Somerset West where this estate lies. Boasting award-winning wines bursting with flavour and aroma, tasting takes place in Kleine Zalze’s historic Cellar Door along with an informative briefing about their range.
Tasting: R15/p for three wines and R25/p for five wines.
Tip: You get to choose the wines you’d like to taste.
Hours: 11am–6pm


Strand Road (R44) | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 880 0717

NITIDA WINE FARM
Nitida may be small in comparison to neighbouring wine farms, but they compensate with a deliciously popular wine selection. After 25 years in the wine industry, this boutique Durbanville Hills winery has established itself as one of South Africa’s most loved boutique wine cellars. The wine tasting room is open seven days a week, but every Sunday there’s a large crowd and bustling atmosphere.
Tasting: Classic: R30/p for a choice of four wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah.
Artisanal: R60/p for a choice of four wines, Wild Child, Coronata Integration, The Tinkery, Calligraphy or Matriarch.
Tip: Group tastings of ten or more people are R50/p for the classic tasting and R80/p for the artisanal tasting – these have to be booked in advance.
Hours: 11am–4pm

Tygerbergvalley Road | Durbanville | +27 (0)21 976 1467, wine sales | +27 (0)21 976 0640, Cassia Restaurant | +27 (0)21 975 9357, Tables Restaurant  

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