Spier is an award-winning wine farm that can trace its history back to 1692. This Cape wine farm makes good value for money wines that have won numerous awards over the years. The farm’s restaurant, Eight, is now competing with the wine to become the farm’s most popular attraction, and it’s starting to pull ahead. The restaurant is run on a farm to table philosophy, which means that the ingredients are either grown on the farm or sourced from local farmers. Only fresh seasonal ingredients are used, which means that the menu changes with the seasons, in fact it changes every month. Fresh food and delicious wine is what you’re going to get at Spier.
R310 Baden Powell Rd, Stellenbosh / Tel: 021 809 1100. Eight opening hours: 10h00 – 16h30, Tue – Sun.
Rust en Vrede
Not much needs to be said about this landmark wine farm. Since deciding to only focus on producing top quality red wines in 1982, Rust en Vrede has become South Africa’s foremost red wine producer. Their wine was the first South African wine to be named as one of the Top 100 Wines of the World. In 2011 their restaurant was named as the best restaurant in South Africa, and it has also previously been named as one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the World. Rust en Vrede is therefore the only wine estate in South Africa to have had their restaurant and wine ranked within the top 100 in the world. Fine dining and fine wine is what dinner at Rust en Vrede is all about.
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch / Tel: Farm – 021 881 3881 & Restaurant – 021 881 3757. Rust en Vrede opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 18h30 – Closed.
In 2014 La Motte cemented their position as one of the leading wine estates in South Africa by winning the Best of Wine Tourism Award. The farm’s restaurant is named after one of South Africa’s most famous artists Jacobus Pierneef. Pierneef à La Motte’s menu is based on recipes that have been used in the Cape winelands for over three hundred years. The hearty dishes are perfectly complemented by the farm’s robust, full bodied wines. La Motte is more than a wine estate, it’s a food and wine destination, where their motto of, “a Culture of excellence”, shines through in everything they do.
R45 Main Road, Franschhoek / Tel: Farm – 021 876 8000 & Restaurant – 021 876 8800. Pierneef à La Motte is open Sat & Sun for breakfast, Tue to Sun for lunch, Thu to Sat for dinner.
Kleine Zalze’s Terroir Restaurant is the only restaurant on this list to have had its own TV show. The restaurant opened in 2004 and has since become one of the most popular restaurants in the Cape winelands. At Terroir they focus on matching their dishes with the award winning wines that are produced on the farm, which gives their patrons a complete food and wine experience. You can also play a round of golf on the Kleine Zalze estate, before heading to Terroir for a food and wine pared lunch overlooking the first fairway. The unpretentious restaurant serves contemporary dishes and wines under centuries old oak trees. Now that’s how a day in the Cape winelands should be spent.
Strand Road, Stellenbosch / Tel: Farm – 021 880 0717 & Restaurant – 021 880 8167. Terroir is open for Lunch (12h00 – 15h00) and dinner (18h30 – 21h00) Mon -Sat.
Hidden Valley is home to acclaimed celebrity Chef Bertus Basson’s restaurant Overture. The farm is situated at the foot of the Hottentots-Holland Mountain range on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Overture’s location, at the top of the farm, gives it an incredible panoramic view of the Stellenbosch Valley and Table Mountain in the distant background. Lunch or dinner at Overture is a special event for a special occasion. It’s not difficult to see where Chef Bertus Basson gets his inspiration from when you see the view at Overture. Overture has good food, great service, fine wine and breath-taking views. That’s what you call the total package.
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch / Tel: Farm – 021 880 2646 & Restaurant – 021 880 2721. Overture is open for lunch from 12h00 Mon – Sun. Open for dinner Thu to Sat from 19h00.
The award winning Bakery at Jordan is one of South Africa’s most famous restaurants. Don’t let the name fool you, the restaurant is not a simple bakery that focuses on breads, cakes and muffins, although they do make these things. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from a menu that constantly changes like many of the other restaurants on this list. Their multi award-winning chef George Jardine works hard on his food presentation and producing fresh local food. The Bakery at Jordan offers an â la carte menu for lunch and the Jordan Restaurant next door offers a six course, set menu for lunch and dinner. The restaurant was named as the third best restaurant in South Africa in 2010, only one year after opening their doors.
Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch / Tel: Farm – 021 881 3441 & Restaurant – 021 881 3004. Jordan Restaurant open for lunch from 12h00 – 14h00 on Tue – Sun and Dinner from 18h30 -22h30. The Bakery is open for breakfast and lunch from 09h00 – 16h00 Mon – Sun.
Babylonstoren is one of the Cape wineland’s most self-sufficient and eco-friendly farms. The farm’s focal point is their impressive fruit and vegetable garden, where over 300 varieties of plants are grown in an organic environment. The produce from the garden is solely used to supply Babel, the farm’s restaurant. Fruits and vegetables, gathered daily from the garden, are used to inspire the menu for the day, which is seasonal. Babylonstoren is perhaps the only farm in the winelands to focus as much on their food and biodiversity, as on their wine production. The time and effort that is put into getting the food that is served at their restaurant from the field to the plate is remarkable, the proof is in the pudding.
R45, Simondium / Tel: Farm – 021 863 3852 & Restaurant – 021 863 1804. Babel is open from 10h00 – 16h00, Wed – Sun.
The ultra-modern Delaire Graff Wine Estate is situated on top of the Helshoogte Pass between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, arguably South Africa’s best wine producing areas. The estate has two restaurants, the ‘bistro-chic’ Delaire Graff Restaurant and a restaurant that focuses on Asian contemporary cuisine called Indochine. The estate has three main drawcards, food, wine and a breath-taking view. The two restaurants have outside eating decks which overlook the Helshoogte Valley below. The decks allows guests to have dinner under the stars, while indulging in good food and wine that have been produced on the estate.
Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch / Tel: 021 885 8160. Delaire Graff Restaurant is open for lunch from 12h00 -14h15, Mon – Sun and dinner from 18h30 -21h00, Wed to Sat. Indochine is open for lunch from 12h00 -14h15 and dinner from 18h30 – 21h00, Mon – Sun.