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Rawsonville Wine Farms, Exploring the Breedekloof Wine Valley

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The wine farms surrounding the small city Rawsonville on the Breedekloof wine route is blessed with a few of the most spectacular surroundings in South Africa. The rugged Du Toitskloof mountains with a few of the highest peaks within the nation is breathtaking and a street journey on this winding mountain go I might advocate that no customer misses out on. The “off the crushed observe” Breedekloof Wine Route, with unreal views and glorious wines is a world class wine route value visiting.

Comparatively unknown to worldwide guests the Breedekloof wine route is a hidden gem and jogs my memory of tasting wine on the well-known Stellenbosch wine route 20 years in the past. The large business vacationer business has not but reached Rawsonville. Right here you’ll be able to nonetheless have an intimate cheap and even free wine tasting, generally with the winemaker himself telling you concerning the wines.

Wine tourism on the tip of Africa has many things making it distinctive. An unlimited range in soil kind, topography and weather conditions  lead to distinctive, advanced and distinctive wines.  The wines could be fruity, but in addition reveal earthy flavors. Our heat local weather leads to  excessive alcohol wines, with the cool ocean breeze serving to wines to retain the intense acidity maintaining things recent.

Rawsonville Wine Tasting Map
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Wine Routes in South Africa

Because the institution of the primary wine farm within the Cape, Constantia Property, in 1685 by Simon van der Stel within the Constantia Valley of Cape City a number of different distinctive wine districts have been established. South Africa has a  ‘Wines of Origin’ system with classic, grape selection and area being displayed on the label. The Cape Winelands is the preferred space for wine tourism. That is nevertheless not all we’ve acquired! You’ll be able to discover  17 official registered wine routes and 26 distinctive ‘wine of origin’ manufacturing areas in South Africa. Exploring the lesser identified wine areas may be very rewarding with stunning locations to discover, superior actions to mix with wine tasting and totally different wine types being centered on in several teroirs.

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A view of wine farms within the Breedekloof space taken throughout a hike within the Du Toitskloof mountains.

The Breedekloof Wine Route

Situated within the stunning Du Toitskloof and Slanghoek mountains, the Breedekloof ‘wine of origin’ district is just one hour’s drive from Cape City alongside the N1 Freeway. This stunning space contains 22 wineries within the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River areas with quite a lot of cellars from small boutique cellars to massive wine estates. That is the youngest wine route in South Africa established in 2002, and receiving Wine of Origin standing in 2006. The area used to provide largely candy bulk wine by co-operative cellars, however right this moment particular person wine growers create award successful wines from totally different cultivars in stunning property cellars.

We visited some superb wine farms impressing us with a variety of nice wines within the space. If you wish to proceed wine tasting from right here, the Breedekloof wine route is situated very near the Robertson wine valley and the Worcester Wine and Olive route, two extra improbable wine routes to discover. The wine farms right here all produce high quality whites and reds constructed from quite a lot of cultivars together with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinotage.

The Breedekloof wine route is house to many smaller boutique type wineries with a private contact and a few glorious eating places.

  • High quality wines
  • Stunning wine farms
  • Free tasting at many farms
  • Pleasant workers/wine makers, an actual private contact
  • No vacationer buses with large teams.
  • Many different sights, eating places, lodging, campsites, mountain climbing trails, horse trails, mountain bike trails, rafting, fly fishing and extra.

The Chenin Blanc Path

For us tasting wine on the Breedekloof wine route is generally concerning the Chenins. We liked tasting the fascinating Chenin Blanc wines within the space. Fruity, generally spicy, full bodied, distinctive wines. In case you are a Chenin Blanc fan that is an space it’s important to go to, if you’re not, come to Rawsonville, I’m certain you’ll depart one.

The sluggish ripening of the vines, geography, local weather and diverse geology contribute to establishing a terrific space for producing Chenin Blanc.

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Evaluating three totally different types of Chenin Blanc at Deetlefs wine property.

The Breedekloof Chenin initiative was began aiming to push Chenin Blanc in to the spot mild. Collaborating wineries are anticipated to do one thing totally different, aiming to expess Chenin’s totally different personalities. Some progressive things are being carried out; the use of older blocks, enjoying with wild ferments, giving pores and skin contact, lees work and extra.

Wine Tasting round Rawsonville

Slanghoek

Slanghoek in Afrikaans language interprets into ‘snake nook’. Situated within the stunning nook of the Slanghoek Valley the farm was established in 1951. A really scenic location and good tasting room. Slanghoek produces a high quality vary of purple, white, glowing, dessert wines and port. We actually loved the Shiraz with pepper and spicy notes, and blackberry and plum flavours. The farm is greatest identified for its award successful Chardonnay’s that’s actually glorious worth for cash. Strive the wine-ice-lolly they often give free to visitors. The tasting at Slanghoek is free.

Award Successful Wine – Slanghoek Non-public Choice Chardonnay 2019

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We tasted some good wines on the stunning Slanghoek Property.

Actions at Slanghoek

Mix and Bottle your Personal Wine

Meet the winemakers at Slanghoek and be taught a few of the methods of the commerce. A enjoyable group exercise, learn to create a wine along with your distinctive type utilizing a mixture of three purple cultivars in quite a lot of proportions. Take a bottle of your individual mix of Slanghoek wine house! Not provided in harvest, ebook beforehand.

The Slanghoek Mountain Bike Trails

There are 5 totally different trails that begin and finish on the Slanghoek Cellar with routes for all talent ranges crossing streams and bridges, even race by means of a camp crammed with recreation! Mon – Fri. 08:00 – 17:00 and 10:00 – 13:00 on Saturdays. Register on the cellar.

Jason’s Hill

Jason’s Hill is possibly essentially the most picturesque cellar on the wine route. The gorgeous farm on the foot of the Slanghoek mountains has been within the household for six generations. The farm will get its identify from an previous sheperd named Jason that used to are likely to his sheep within the hills right here.

Regardless that the farm has been within the household for generations producing grapes, present proprietor and wine maker Ivy Du Toit was the primary to make wine on the property. Ivy is a legend, she has been the winner of each the Diners Membership Younger Wine Maker of the 12 months award and was the primary recipient of the Lady Winemaker of the 12 months Award. Don’t miss this one! We left very pleased with bottles of Shiraz and Chenin.

Wine tasting at Jason’s Hill

Good relaxed environment, pleasant educated workers guiding you thru the tasting. Tasting pretty low cost.

Tasting Room Hours: Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00 and Saturdays: 10:00 – 15:00

Value of tasting – R30

Award Successful Wines – Jason’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Izak Bordeaux Reserve 2015 – improbable multi award successful bordeaux mix

Jason’s Hill Bistro

Jasons Hill Bistro is a well-known higher class restaurant with magnificent views, Good place to take pleasure in a picnic or cheese platter (R150) with sand pits, swings and rolled out lawns for youngsters to play. The small intimate Bistro that may accommodate as much as 35 visitors. Superior views from the balcony, nice in summer time. Good cosy fireplace place for chilly Winter days.

The Bistro opening instances: Monday – Saturdays 10:00 – 15:00

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We tasted some glorious wines on the picturisque Jason’s Hill. There may be additionally a top quality restaurant on the venue

Actions at Jasons Hill

Jasons Hill Mountaineering Path

An excellent day exercise within the Breedekloof is the superior 6.5km mountain climbing path beginning at Jason’s Hill Non-public cellar providing nice views of the Slanghoek valley exhibiting of with quite a lot of fauna and flora to admire alongside the route. There are waterfalls and a creek with drinkable water on the best way. An inventory of chicken species seen on this route is supplied to hikers. Baboons and leopard tracks can generally be seen on the best way.

Value – R30, Mountaineering time – three to four hours, Register at Jason’s Hil reception

Deetlefs

Deetlefs wine property actually is one thing particular. That is the 2nd oldest wine property in South Africa owned by the identical household since 1822. The gorgeous Deetlefs farm with it’s spectacular ranges of award successful wines is situated simply exterior Rawsonville. Kobus Deetlefs is the seventh technology proprietor  and has continued to hold on the household traditions and method of wine making. On our marriage ceremony day Alya and her bridesmaids made a cease at Deetlefs for champagne whereas I used to be ready with the opposite visitors!

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Driving in to Deetlef’s wine property on the entrance to the city Rawsonville

Wine Tasting at Deetlefs Wine Property

They’ve a big, skilled run tasting room, however they hold a pleasant private contact. On extraordinarily scorching Rawsonville summer time days, the tasting room is sweet and funky. Kobus himself was within the tasting room, guiding us by means of their distinctive assortment. They attempt to at all times be inovative, even with labels, they confirmed us their black and white labels on wine bottles you can shade your self, for nice authentic items. We tasted quite a lot of Chenins made in several types, every was nicely defined to us through the tasting. Of their ‘ritmes vary’ that they had some distinctive blends I’ve by no means tasted earlier than, a Shiraz Pinotage mix and a Chenin Blanc Colombar mix! The distinctive Deetlefs wines could be discovered all around the world with this farm exporting greater than 80% of wine produced!

Value – style 6 wines for R40, tasting is free if you are going to buy 6 bottles of wine. Group tastings should be booked R100 per head.

Award Successful Wines – Deetlefs Pinotage 2016, Deetlefs Voyage 2018

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The Deetlefs vary of wines with self-color labels, a really authentic present!

Actions at Deetlefs Wine Property

Deetlefs typically concerned with fascinating occasions starting from group tastings and cooking grasp courses to butler faculty. I’ve been to a terrific birthday occasion the place they hosted a wonderful wine pairing class for a giant group adopted by a braai exterior.

Badsberg

Badsberg wine property is situated exterior Rawsonville subsequent to Goudini Spa, the resort was beforehand referred to as Goudini Dangerous (Afrikaans for Goudini Tub). Because the farm is situated subsequent to the bathtub (unhealthy) at foot of the Goudini mountains it was named Badsberg. The property is situated throughout the Badsberg conservancy the place indigenous fauna and flora are conserved. The early historical past of Badsberg went hand in hand with the Hanepoot wines produced right here that the Rawsonville space is legendary for. Quite a lot of award successful wines from various cultivars at the moment are produced right here. The farm can be well-known for producing fine quality port, muscadel and Hanepoot desert wine.

Badsberg Wine Tasting

We tasted some good wines at Badsberg cellar and had been very impressed with their 2016 Pinotage, we purchased a bottle to take house solely later realizing this nice wine cleaned up on the 2016 SA Younger Wine Present!

Wine tasting – Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00, Saturday from 10h00 to 13h00

Award successful wines – Purple Muscadel 2017, Merlot 2018, Pinotage 2016

Breeland

Breeland household farm has been owned by the Marais household since 1825! This comparatively small farm solely produce a restricted quantity of wine, so you might be fortunate to have a high quality bottle of wine from Breeland in your collections.

Accomodation at Breeland Wine Property

There may be accomodation on the Breeland property at Buchukloof, you could have a alternative between cottages, a farmhouse and a hunters cabin.

Things to Do at Breeland

The farm is de facto stunning and from Buchukloof on the Breeland property there are some good mountain climbing trails. There may be recreation on the property and looking expeditions are provided from the looking cabins.

Wine Tasting at Breeland

Stunning location on a dam, after we arrived they had been busy constructing a brand new tasting room. The pleasant wine maker, Wickus, gave us what he referred to as ‘an actual plaas proe’ (farm tasting). He took a break from work and opened a few bottles of wine. They make a pleasant Chenin with apple, peach and spanspek flavors. An excellent Sauvignon Blanc and a pleasant spicy Shiraz. Tasting was free

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Winemaker at Breeland, Wickus, giving us an actual ‘plaas proe’ on the new tasting venue they’re constructing.

Goudini

Goudini wines is an cooperative cellar, receiving grapes from 18 surrounding farms. They produce and market an in depth vary together with purple, white, rosé and glowing wines. I loved the 2015 Shiraz, which is nice worth for cash and I can see why they’ve gained a number of good worth awards. Goudini additionally makes a really good chenin blanc, very fruity and nice for decent summer time days. Goudini now belongs to Uni wines and could be bought below a number of labels in European shops.

Goudini Cellar
The view from the Bistro and tasting room on the stunning Goudini cellar.

The Gevonden Hanepoot bought at Goudini is a really fascinating desert wine. It’s produced from the oldest nonetheless producing Hanepoot Vines in South Africa on the farm Gevonden. It’s now bottled as a numbered collector’s merchandise. Gevonden was purchased by my nice grandfather 5 generations in the past in 1829 and was lately bought by cousing.

The tasting room is at a lovely venue within the winery with spectacular views of the Sneeukop mountain.

Du Toitskloof Wines

Du Toitskloof is one other very well-known co-op cellar on this wine route, producing wines from 22 affiliated farms. It’s a outstanding South African producer of a variety of white and purple cultivar and blended wines. Like many different farms on the route, an excellent worth for cash shiraz and glorious fruity chennin blanc is obtainable by the cellar most years. There’s a very good tasting room providing free tastings.

The Oudemeul restaurant at Du Toitskloof

The Oudemeul is a franchise restaurant and occasional store situated subsequent to the tasting room they make a terrific pizza, breakfast or cup of espresso. We regularly go there with our canine and there’s a lot of house for the children to play.

Tips on how to Get to the Breedekloof Wine Route

From Cape City, take the N1, drive previous Paarl, by means of the Huguenot Tunnel. Flip proper to Rawsonville on the R101. The scenic route is over the Du Toitskloof Move as an alternative of by means of the Huguenot Tunnel.

Finest Time to Go to the Breedekloof

Good climate (scorching) in summer time, November to March. Harvest season from late February till April. Very wet from Could to late August.

Things to Do in Breedekloof

  • ATKV Goudini Spa has a variety of self-catering lodging, leisure and leisure services together with heat mineral spa to swim in.
  • The Brandvlei Dam within the Breedekloof is nice for fishing and kiteboarding.
  • Bainskloof Move, has a number of spectacular at some point hikes, mountain bike trails, camp websites, rivers for trout fishing.

Tips on how to Do Wine Excursions within the Space

Self drive is the most typical possibility. Wine excursions are provided by Cape to Grape. For automobile rent Rentalcars is a superb platform providing the most effective choices from all rental businesses.

The place to Eat within the Breedekloof

  • Die Ou Stokery – Located on the Outdated N1 at Stofberg household Vineyards. Number of good meals and drinks produced on the property. Nice pizza and gin tasting.
  • Die Oude meul at Du Toitskloof Cellar serves breakfast, lunch and early suppers alongside a collection of freshly baked truffles and artisan espresso which is served all day.
  • Jason’s Hill Restaurant affords a relaxed and intimate setting the place visitors can take pleasure in a collection of elegant meals.
  • Opstal Restaurant – situated in Slanghoek Valley on the Opstal wine property solely 10 km from Rawsonville, glorious gourmand meals restaurant with a fireplace place for these chilly winter days.

The place to Keep within the Breedekloof

There are numerous good lodging choices, visitor homes, B&Bs, self-catering choices and tenting services are all on provide.

Well-liked lodging with loads of glorious critiques

Need to keep in one of the crucial stunning wine farms between mountains and vineyards, go and keep in Raba’s spectacular home that has been featured in Backyard and Dwelling journal! New to AirBnB use our voucher and get R600 credit score!

Occasions within the Breedekloof Wine Valley

The large annual occasion on the route is the Soetes (candy wines) & Soup competition in July.

Soetes en Sop – Totally different soups are ready by all taking part farms. Drive between farms tasting every part from chocolate to hen soups. Scrumptious soup and wine pairings, reside acts and extra. All the time a terrific celebration!



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