Food and wine lovers – Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate
Where the locals go – Imibala Gallery
Imibala Gallery: Art is for everyone. The Imibala Galleries provide a visual platform for both contemporary South African artists and international artists to showcase their work. As the Gallery in Somerset West is an integral part of Imibala, children attending art classes see the work of established commercial artists, attend workshops, and therefore are exposed to the world of fine art which enhances their creative development.
*It’s all for a good cause too, with profits earned through sales of art used to support of the work of the Imibala Trust.
021 852 0418 | 9 Bright St, Audas Estate, Somerset West | Google Maps Location
Hidden gems – Triggerfish Microbrewery
Triggerfish Microbrewery: visit this taproom and working brewery for 14 different craft beers, a beer garden and a gastro-pub style menu. Make an appointment for a tour of the brewery.
021 851 5861 | 9 De Beers Ave, Paardevlei, Somerset West | Google Maps Location
Honeymooners – Rose Garden at Vergelegen Wine Estate
Food and wine lovers – Oak Valley Wine Estate
Oak Valley Wine Estate: while you’re spoilt for choice along this wine route, Oak Valley gets a special mention as not only do they make excellent wines, but delicious charcuterie made on-site too, available at their restaurant.
021 859 2510 | 10 Elgin Cl, La Rochelle, Elgin | Google Maps Location
Where the locals go – Peregrine Farm Stall
Peregrine Farm Stall: the whole family will enjoy a stop here; from the bustling shop filled with local goods to the restaurant serving simple country fare, and very good coffee. There’s a pop-up craft cider bar, juice bar and some clothing and décor stores too. Top tip? Enjoy the freshly pressed apple juice of the region.
021 848 9011 | N2 & R321, Grabouw | Google Maps Location
Hidden gems – Terra Madre
Terra Madre: an apple, olive and vegetable farm run by foodie of note, Nicole Precoudis. Pop in and pick your own veg to take home as well as a plethora of foodie items made by Nicole and her team. Or sit back and relax and enjoy the best lunch in the area, sampling of course Terra Madre’s estate cider, which is made in the same method as champagne.
082 328 1346 | 33 Viljoenshoop Rd | Google Maps Location
Honeymooners – Charles Fox
Food and wine lovers – Gabrielskloof Wine Estate
Gabrielskloof Wine Estate: stop in here and stay all day, from wines that are making waves to delicious food at the restaurant (including tapas and breakfast). There’s a deli too, selling foodie items as well as things such as olive oil soap.
028 284 9865 | R43, Bot River | Google Maps Location
Where the locals go – The Shuntin Shed
The Shuntin Shed: a pub and restaurant housed in a real train shed—freight trains still pass by—that was built in 1909. Expects a relaxed atmosphere, vintage décor, and meals such as pizzas and burgers. There are live music nights too.
028 284 9443 | Bot River Train Station, Main Road, Bot River | Google Maps Location
Hidden gems – Goedvertrouw Wine Estate
Goedvertrouw Wine Estate: situated on the Van der Stel Pass is a little thatched cottage, built in 1820. Stop in for a cup of tea with some delicious homemade treats, followed by a walk in the beautiful rose garden.
028 284 9769 | Van der Stel Pass, Bot River | Google Maps Location
Honeymooners – Beaumont Wine Estate
Beaumont Wine Estate: not only do they produce some of the regions best wines, but they also happen to be oldest farm in the region, dating back to the 18th century. Expect friendly hospitality, and an eclectic atmosphere in the cosy, romantic tasting room. Don’t leave without a visit the historic watermill, which is over 200 years old.
028 284 9194 | Compagnes Drift Farm, Bot River | Google Maps Location
Food and wine lovers – Creation Wines
Creation Wines: situated on the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, this wine estate is well-known for its food and wine pairing. They offer a wide, and exciting, range of different food and wine pairing menus to sample in the tasting room.
028 212 1107 | Hemel & Aarde Rd R320 | Google Maps Location
Where the locals go – The Wine Village
The Wine Village: not only does this hub offer one of the best wine selections in the country, but it also hosts regular wine-tasting events. Located in the same precint is urban winery Hermanuspietersfontein, which hosts a weekly Saturday food and wine market.
028 316 3988 | Hemel-en-Aarde Road, Hemel-en-Aarde Village | Google Maps Location
Hidden gems – Mogg’s Country Cookhouse
Honeymooners – Hamilton Russell Vineyard
Hamilton Russell Vineyard: producing arguably some of the best chardonnay and pinot noir in South Africa, Hamilton Russell is a serene, beautiful place. The wine-tasting is at the cottage overlooking the lake, and if you would like to linger longer, they offer picnics set up with tables and chairs under the trees. Simply dreamy.
028 312 3595 | Hemel-en-Aarde Road, Hemel-en-Aarde | Google Maps Location