Returning to Stellenbosch and Franschoek for Wine, Western Cape, South Africa


Today’s visit to the Western Cape Wine Region was a trip to an often overlooked region of Paarl. Paarl is home to several major wineries and is a neighbour to the more popular Stellenbosch and Franschoek regions. Our visit to Paarl had us casually visiting several wineries as we enjoyed the region’s attractions and scenery.

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Activity: Returning to Stellenbosch and Franschoek, Western Cape Winelands, South Africa

“Our visit to low key Paarl Wine Region took us away from the mega heavyweights of Stellenbosch and Franschoek, but allowed us to discover a few hidden gems”

We took an easy breakfast at The Westin Cape Town and headed out to Stellenbosch and Franschoek. We had a bit of a late start as we were finally getting over the jet lag and our short turn around in Doha, and had a 12 hour sleep. The trip to South Africa via the Middle East really knocked us out since it was about 6-7 hours of flying out of the way instead of the usual North America – Africa connection in Europe.

Our visits today took us to some of the lessor known vineyards that had escaped us on our last visit.

Visiting Jordan Winery:

We first visited Jordan winery at the end of Stellenbosch Kloop. It’s tucked up against the hill and was well off the beaten path. This winery is not related to the Californian Jordan winery of the same name.

It was a quiet and peaceful place for a tasting overlooking a small reservoir. You can tell looking back at the photographs, there isn’t a soul here.

Locating Jordan Winery on Peaceful Roads
Jordan Winery Cellar Door
The Jordan Winery Cellar Door

It was a very peaceful setting at Jordan’s Cellar Door. It was a quiet setting absent any real travellers or tourists overlooking a tranquil pond.

A Peaceful Setting
Jordan Cellar Door Patio
Mountain Views at Jordan’s Winery
Rolling Lawns at Jordan’s Winery

There were some outstanding whites, in particular their Inspector Peringuey Chenin Blanc. We collected a bottle of this for our future onwards travels to Namibia.


Calling on Neethingshof Winery:

We continued a short way down the road to Neethlingshof. It would be pretty special to have this view as your driveway.

Approaching Neethingshof Winery

The restaurant buildings are traditional Cape Dutch circa the year 1814, which is always a treat when visiting Western Cape Wineries.

Traditional Cape Dutch Buildings
A pleasant compound at Neethingshof
A Beautiful Setting and Surroundings
Traditional Dutch Buildings Built in 1814

To accommodate demand, the Neethingshof tasting centre was brand new. There were again some excellent whites of both the Sauvingon Blanc and the Chenin Blanc that received a five star rating from MrsWT73. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find these wines in Canada or the Pacific Northwest of the USA but the whites are highly recommended.

Neethingshof Tasting Room and Cellar Door
A Seated Tasting Experience at Neethingshof
Neethingshof Wine Display
The Rose Garden at Neethingshof

Returning to Haute Caribière:

We drove up to Franschoek to our old favourite Haute Caribière. The setting of this particular winery is set into caves tucked into the side of the mountains in Franschoek.

The Scenic Roadway Outside of Haute Caribière
Goregous Mountain Roadways Outside Haute Caribière

This was our favourite winery visit on our last trip, but it seems as though the quality of the wines are slipping just a bit. The Unwooded Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir were fabulous as always but the rest of the line up was only very good, not excellent like most of the rest of the wines on offer at other wineries.

The Haute Caribière Cellar Door
A Scenic Tasting Patio

There is a tasting menu on offer here and you can of course select what wines are interest to you. MrsWT73 always has her heart set on Cap Classique sparkling, so we started with the two good sparkling wines they have on offer, before moving onto the whites and reds in a nice setting outside on the patio.

A Series of Tasting Options
A Flight of Sparkling Wines

All in all, it’s among the most beautiful settings for wineries in South Africa in my humble opinion and a quiet and beautiful way to close out the tastings for the day as the sun slipped down over the mountains.

Mountain Views at Dusk
Mountain Views
MrsWT73 Enjoying Tasting Possibilities

The visit to Franschoek rounded off a nice second and last day of wine tastings in South Africa

Pausing for a Photograph looking Across the Valley

Along with a lovely tasting, there were terrific valley views. This is one of the reasons why this is among one of my favourite corners in the world. The sheer beauty of the setting is spectacular.

Our visit to Stellenbosch and Franschoek:

The South Africa Western Cape Wine Experience remains one of my favourite wine regions to visit in the world. The wineries are approachable and easy to visit. The quality of the white wines remains outstanding and of excellent value. After you add beautiful mountains, it adds for a special experience.

If you’ve come all the way to the Western Cape Wine Regions, did you enjoy your visit ?

2 Comments on “Returning to Stellenbosch and Franschoek for Wine, Western Cape, South Africa

  1. Whenever we find our way towards Stellenbosch, it’s great to pop in at Neethlingshof – like you said, the beauty surrounding you while tasting wine, is just beautiful!


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