WINE FARMS & ESTATES
Explore the rolling vineyards, soaring mountains, crystal air and legacy estates of the Cape Winelands, home to South Africa’s renowned wine producers.
A must for aficionados of architecture, fine dining, exquisite gardens, world-class art – and, of course, fine wines. Delaire has it all. Its restaurants are deservedly very busy so book early to secure a reservation. This is the perfect place to while away a few hours on a beautiful South African afternoon.
We love everything about Muratie, from its fascinating history, beautiful and historic buildings, and especially its amazing wines, which are available to our guests at the villa. Let us arrange a special visit and wine tasting for you.
HILLCREST BERRY ORCHARDS
Hillcrest Berry Orchards is a delicious and delightful stop for visitors to Stellenbosch. We suggest an early start on a day of Winelands touring so that you can stop here first for the mouthwatering breakfast offerings, featuring, of course, fresh berries of every kind when in season. Browse the shop for delicious marmalades and jams, local honeys and many other homemade goodies.
STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTE
Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Route Office at 47 Church Street for the latest information about more than 200 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification.
SUPER SINGLE VINEYARDS
Stop in at Super Single to taste its beautiful and sophisticated Pella and Mount Sutherland wines. We love them and keep them stocked in the Maison Noir cellar. Super Single has created our own range of Maison Noir wines, including a pinotage, a rosé and a chenin blanc.
The views of rolling vineyards from Tokara’s main building are some of the most stunning in a region of breathtaking views. While you take it all in, be certain to do a tasting of their award-winning olive oils. Maison Noir proudly offers Tokara olive oils and products in our kitchen.
Boschendal is a true working farm, growing not only grapes but also a large variety of other fruits and vegetables. The farm, one of the oldest in the region, features two restaurants as well as a deli/farm store offering fresh farm-to-table produce and meats. This one is really fun for the whole family.
GRANDE PROVENCE WINE ESTATE
Grand Provence affords you the experience you would expect given its name. It is quite grand in its French-informed formality. Manicured lawns and gardens stretch out between beautiful buildings housing an exquisite restaurant, beautiful wine tasting rooms featuring award-winning wines, a well curated decor and gift shop, and a world-class art gallery that to us is worth the trip alone.
Simple. Quaint. Authentic. We love to drop by this charming farm to bring us back to earth after a heady visit to nearby Grand Provence. Sit at wooden tables in the pear orchard, sip a glass of wine and decompress. Bring a jug of some sort so you can fill it with their delicious olive oil made from olives grown and pressed on the farm.
VREDE EN LUST
There is a wonderful bistro for a bite to eat attached to the beautiful bakery with brick ovens that produce delicious breads and baked goods. The wine tastings are administered by an extremely knowledgeable and genial staff in a gorgeous setting with sweeping views of the vineyards and mountains beyond. We love the wines and always bring home a case of their Mochalate Malbec and Early Mist Riesling.
Xanadu comes to mind when trying to describe Babylonstoren. Go early and stay late to experience the stunning 8-acre gardens growing everything you’ve ever heard of and much that you have not. Get lost in the labyrinth until you come upon the restaurant Babel, which gives farm-to-table dining new meaning. Explore the shop full of an irresistible selection of handmade and natural products. Buy fresh baked breads, dried meats and artisanal cheeses all beautifully displayed in historic Cape Dutch buildings. You must go.
One sees Dalewood cheeses in better stores and delis all over the region but the best thing is to visit the farm yourself, see where the cheeses are made and get wonderful information about the cheese direct from the owners in the shop. When you step out of your vehicle you are surrounded by the sights and sounds (and aromas) that confirm you are on an authentic working dairy farm. Dairy cows graze just feet away, while chickens scurry about in the yard. We buy their brie by the wheel and stock up on a variety of other camemberts and goat’s cheeses to serve to our guests at Maison Noir every time we go to Paarl.
FAIRVIEW WINE ESTATE
The cheeky goats in front of the Goatshed Restaurant love kidding around for the cameras. They have completely stolen the limelight from all that this lovely wine estate has to offer: three wineries producing well-loved wines; a cheesery; and a range of top-notch olive oils.
There are many excellent wine farms in the Constantia Valley, which are just a 10-minute drive away from Maison Noir. Constantia’s history dates back to 1685, when Governor Simon van der Stel named his property Constantia after the daughter of his benefactor, Commissioner Van Rheede, who granted him a farm here. Governor Van der Stel planted orchards and vineyards on the farm, thus making Constantia the oldest wine-producing region in the southern hemisphere with an uninterrupted history of wine making.
One could be forgiven if you blinked while visiting Beau Constantia and thought you were in the Napa Valley. Visit for the wine tastings held in a contemporary glass box of architecture with beautifully appointed, mid-century-modern decor and overlooking breathtaking views of the Constantia Valley. This is a boutique winemaker producing small amounts annually of some great and award-winning wines.
We love it for its laid-back vibe – a little less fussy than some of its neighbours. In particular, we love stretching out on the lawn under massive oak and cedar trees (think Downton Abbey) with one of their delightful picnic baskets and wonderful wines. Try the rosé! The restaurant, in an original, thatched roof Cape Dutch building, is elegant and a great place for lunch only a few minutes’ drive from Maison Noir. Be sure to grab some of their outstanding pastries in the Coffee Bloc for tomorrow’s breakfast.
Groot Constantia is the granddaddy of the region, producing many award-winning wines on this working farm. We love the museum in the historical original manor house full of well-identified and preserved period furniture and art. Sit outdoors under massive oak trees for a lovely and lazy lunch at Jonkershuis restaurant, or inside in the series of rooms that were once the slave quarters and stables of the farm. Don’t miss the room next door, which displays the chronological history of the several owners and eras of the farm over the last several hundred years. Fascinating! Simon’s restaurant here is beautiful and lovely for dinner. Let us make a booking for you.
Klein Constantia is a must-see if for no other reason than to taste their Vin Constantia dessert wine. Arguably the most famous of all South African wines, it has been famous and sought-after by the kings of Europe for over 300 years. It shows up in Dickens and Jane Austen. When you taste it you’ll understand why. We can arrange private tours for you of the farm and its works, which includes a trip up to a fascinating dam and the view of a lifetime over Constantia and beyond.