Gansbaai Wine Tours
Custom, private wine tours in the Overberg
Cape Whale Coast Wines
Touched by the cool ocean breeze and warm African sun, surrounded by the tranquillity of farm life, grapes are turned into world class wine. History, family traditions and modern winemaking come together in this iconic part of South Africa where two oceans meet.
Breathe in fresh air laced with the smell of fynbos, plants endemic to the Cape Floral Region that includes Proteas. Enjoy the natural beauty and maritime history influences of the Cape Whale Coast in the Overberg (Overstrand) and Cape Agulhas regions while being responsible by not drinking and driving.
The region is famous for its cool climate wines. The Stanford Wine Route produces a range of wines, beers and spirits on farms surrounding the heritage town of Stanford. Cape Agulhas Wine Route includes the Southernmost wine farm in Africa and farms producing award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. The Hermanus Wine Route includes the Hemel-en-Aarde Road which allows visitors the opportunity to experience world renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as other cultivars, while enjoying stunning views of the mountains and valleys.
Our tours are customised based on the route you would like to visit and the number of wine farms to be visited. Your host is a Western Cape accredited Tour Guide and speaks Afrikaans, English and Dutch. All operating permits and the necessary insurance are in place for your safety.
Cape Agulhas Wine Route
The Cape Agulhas Wine Route will introduce you to Baardskeerdersbos, a small artist town, and missionary town Elim, established in 1824 by German missionaries. Elim is a pretty, well-preserved town with a church from 1835 and the oldest working clock in South Africa.
Cape Agulhas gets its name from Cabo das Agulhas, which is Portuguese for Cape of the Needles, because of the fact that compass needles show no deviation between true north and magnetic north; French influence later turned it to L’Agulhas.
Cape Agulhas is the southernmost tip of Africa and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. It is possible to combine your wine tour with a trip to the lighthouse and the monument at Cape Agulhas, or book a sightseeing trip to visit this bucket list item.
Located in the Uilenskraal River Valley, on the slopes of the Ben Lomond mountain between Gansbaai and Baardskeerdersbos. Vineyards are planted on as many as 18 different soil types, which appear naturally in small pockets along the slopes, producing intriguingly complex wines with flavour profiles that differ markedly from one block to the next.
Giant Periwinkle Wines
Situated behind the town of Baardskeerdersbos, between Gansbaai and Elim. Guests can enjoy a private tasting of their unique creations in the light and spacious tasting room on this off the beaten track wine farm.
The Southern most wine cellar on the African continent. Strandveld offers a variety of wines from 2 ranges. Names of the wines were inspired by the maritime history of the area. The farm with traditional buildings has a large garden and guests can take a walk into the vineyards.
Black Oystercatcher Wines
Family-friendly farm situated between Elim, Bredasdorp and Cape Agulhas, and one of the first wineries in the cool-climate Agulhas. They also produce craft beer and serve meat and cheese platters from seasonal farm fresh produce. There is a shop with local crafts, gifts and preserves, as well as accommodation on the farm.
The venue has views of the Nuwejaars River, vineyards and mountains. Located 5 km outside of Elim. Vineyards are planted in koffieklip, shale, granite and quartzite soil composition, providing enjoyable wines. Luxury accommodation with catering is available on the farm.
Stanford Wine Route
Stanford was founded in 1857 and named after Sir Robert Stanford. The village has been declared a Heritage Site known for its beautifully preserved and renovated Cape Victorian and Edwardian style houses and buildings. Wine tours to Stanford include a sightseeing trip to this quaint village next to the Klein River. During this tour, we share the story of Sir Robert Stanford and the history of the town with you while pointing out historic buildings such as the original farmhouse and the oldest existing church building in Stanford, St Thomas Anglican Church, built around 1880.
Stanford Hills Estate
Wine tastings are done in the Wine Shop and The Tasting Room Restaurant, where you can combine your tasting with lunch. With views of the vineyards, mountains and valley, the restaurant serves breakfasts, lunches, platters and has a daily black board menu.
Sir Robert Stanford Estate
The family friendly farm is named after the founder of Stanford and has beautiful historic buildings and features. The Zesty Lemon restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch.
Walker Bay Estate
With a restaurant overlooking the Kleinrivier mountains, Walker Bay Estate produces wine, as well as Craft Beers from the Birkenhead Brewery. Cool climate wines influenced by the proximity to the sea are served outside or inside their spacious restaurant.
Springfontein Wine Estate
Reach Springfontein by following Wortelgat gravel road for 5km from Stanford along the Klein River. Ulumbaza Wine Bar(n) is open daily for Wine Tastings and food. Wortelgat is the fine dining restaurant on the farm, bookings are essential.
The youngest member of the Stanford Wine Route, Welgesind has lovely views of the Stanford Valley and a tasting room in the cellar under the manor house where you can enjoy a private wine tasting experience with owners Chris and Amanda de Wit.
The tasting room has beautiful views of the vineyards, the Klein River and Kleinrivier Mountains. Owned by the Dreyer family, the first vines were planted in 1999 and wines include a Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinotage and Shiraz. The deli sells cheese, snacks and preserves.
Situated between Stanford, Tesselaarsdal and Napier, at the foot of the Kleinrivier Mountain in the Akkedisberg Valley. The first vines were planted in 1998 by the De Villiers family. Boschrivier Wines is a family friendly farm that offers breakfast, light meals and platters and is known for their amazing Shiraz.
Misty Mountain Estate
Situated between Stanford and Hermanus, with a modern bar area for tasting wine, beer and gin, a restaurant offering pizza and Portugese cuisine, as well as a farm stall with tables overlooking the dam.
Hermanus Wine Route
Hermanus was founded in the early 1800’s by a man called Hermanus Pieters, a traveling teacher. During summer months, he started herding his flocks of sheep and cattle from Caledon, down the Elephant Pass, now known as the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, to the coast, where he found fresh water and good grazing. Soon, other farmers and fishermen followed him down the valley. From then on, the area was named Hermanuspietersfontein, which slowly started to grow into a permanent settlement. The local postmaster, Mr. Gift, was complaining about having to write out a long name like Hermanuspietersfontein, and the name was shortened to Hermanus in 1902, while the town received municipal rights in 1904.
One of the main attractions of Hermanus is its whale watching opportunities and it is one of the best places in the world to view Southern Right Whales. They can be seen from the shore and boat trips are also available for a closer look. Every year Southern Right Whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The best time to visit Hermanus and Gansbaai for whale watching is September to November.
Surrounded by beautiful scenery, with views of the vineyards and the Babilonstoring Mountains, Spookfontein is also home to a natural spring. Legend has it that one can distinguish a 'spirit' within the swirls and sprays of the spring, hence the name that translates to ghost fountain in Afrikaans and Dutch. Their wines include Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The curved organic design of the buildings, constructed extensively from natural materials, ensures that the building embraces its location.
Newton Johnson Vineyards
Newton Johnson is a family-owned wine estate in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. With views of the mountain, their vineyards, the valley and the Atlantic Ocean from the restaurant and tasting room, this is the perfect place for you to unwind. With a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they also produce an Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc and a red blend made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.
Winning the number four spot in the World's Best Vineyards and achieving the Number One spot in Africa, this wine estate is renowned for its visitors' experience. Creation's fine wines are a rare alchemy of art, science, people, and a sense of place. They love to share this and their world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with guests who come to visit. To quote the winemaker: 'When you are working closely with nature and harvesting quality fruit, guide it gently through the winemaking process to preserve the sense of place'.
Established in 1989, this family-owned boutique wine estate captures the essence of French winemaking tradition fused with the unique terroir of South Africa. The vineyards are nestled between mountains and the sea, with cool maritime breezes that create ideal conditions for the slow ripening of grapes, thus enhancing the development of rich flavours. Known particularly for its acclaimed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Hamilton Russell Vineyards' owners are the second generation of the family to own the estate. The farm specializes in producing highly individual, terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sold in over 50 countries. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards grow in 52 hectares of ancient, stony, clay and iron-rich shale-derived soil. The estate also produces olive oil and honey, both of which are reflective of their origin.
Established in 2004, The Skyfields Farm was visioned into the Ataraxia wine label when Kevin and Hanli Grant, with a few friends, purchased the 47-hectare prime vineyard property. Ataraxia is Greek for "a serene state of mind, free from worry and preoccupation". The estate is famed for its captivating wines that display the full splendour of the region's unique terroir.
Seven Springs Vineyards
Seven Springs Vineyard is a boutique winery with tasting room situated along the beautiful R320 Hemel en Aarde road between Hermanus and Caledon. Our farm nestles between Shaws Mountain and the Tesselaarsdal Mountain Range, just 14 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Come and taste our elegant, award-winning wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnays, Syrah Rose, Pinot Noir and Syrah, in our intimate and welcoming tasting room. You will be made most welcome!
The scenic farm road and a short walk to the tasting venue work wonders to reset your mind, giving you that feeling of going somewhere special. The Frame House serves tapas-style light meals, like flatbreads and platters, to accompany your wine tasting. Hikes and horse trails are also available on the farm. Bosman is also a working flower farm producing proteas, South Africa's national flower, and various indigenous flowers known as fynbos, endemic to the Western Cape.
Domaine des Dieux
This enchanting estate has lovely views of the vineyards and mountains surrounding the estate. Renowned for crafting exceptional cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they were the first estate in the Hemel en Aarde Region to produce MCC. They have been awarded the best MCC from South Africa, locally and internationally. The estate's dedication to sustainable viticulture and traditional winemaking techniques ensures that each bottle reflects the pure essence of the terroir and the meticulous craftsmanship poured into every step of the process. Temporarily closed.
La Vierge Wines
Temptation calls and there is no need to resist this magnificent destination. A catwalk over the shining steel wine tanks in the cellar is the perfect introduction to a unique food and wine experience.
La Vierge Wines is a specialist producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. La Vierge grapes are grown in the rich clay-based soil of the cool climate Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, best suited to delicate styled wines.
Enjoy various wine and food pairings or select your wines for a tasting experience. The onsite restaurant, B’s Stro, serves hearty dishes, platters, daily seasonal specials and tapas to match the unique flavours of La Vierge Wines. Take time to savour spectacular views, play a game of boule on the verandah, browse through the colourful art collection. The restaurant is open for lunch, weddings and special celebrations.
Benguela Cove Lagoon Estate is an award-winning wine farm with lovely views of the Bot River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. They produce wines from 100% estate-grown grapes, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and MCC. The tasting room at Benguela Cove offers a variety of tastings and wine pairings. The Moody Lagoon restaurant is open for lunch, or you can order picnic baskets to enjoy on the estate. There are various attractions and activities for guests of all ages, including an art gallery, adventure golf and boat trips.
This small-scale, family-owned wine estate is especially well known for its Sauvignon Blanc. They also produce Pinot Noir, MCC, Shiraz and Rhône Style blends. Bartho Eksteen Wine Estate is notable for its commitment to education and environmental stewardship. Globally renowned winemaker, Bartho himself established the "Wijnskool" (wine school) at the estate with a vision of mentoring the next generation of winemakers, advocating for sustainable farming and biodiversity. The names of some of their wines, like Tree of Knowledge, Ouskool and Meester, still reflect the wine school era of Bartho Eksteen Wine Estate.
The Gansbaai Area
Gansbaai is famous for Great White Shark cage diving and Whale Watching. It is a favourite holiday destination among South Africans as well as international visitors. The wine routes are relatively young and still developing. Many of the wine farms are small scale and family run, off the beaten track. Some farms are accessible by dirt roads and set in rustic settings with fabulous views and country hospitality.
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