Wine Farms & Estates
Thirst and curiosity are not mutually exclusive — explore the rolling vineyards, soaring mountains, crystal air, and legacy estates of the Cape Town Winelands, home to South Africa’s renowned producers.
Muratie wine farm
We love everything about Muratie: from it’s fascinating history, beautiful & historic buildings & especially its amazing wines which are available to our guests at the villa. Let us arrange a special visit & wine tasting for you.
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 & products in our kitchen & boutique.
A must for aficionados of architecture, fine dining, exquisite gardens and/or 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 lull away a few hours on a beautiful South African afternoon.
Super Single Vineyards
Stop in at Super Single to taste their beautiful & sophisticated Pella & Mt. Southerland wines. We love them & keep them stocked in the Maison Noir cellar. Super Single happens to be creating for the villa our own range of wines which will initially include a Pinotage, a Rosé & a Chenin Blanc.
Hillcrest Berry Orchards
Hillcrest berry farm is a delicious & delightful stop while visiting Stellenbosch. We suggest an early start on a day of wine-lands touring & stopping here first for the mouthwatering breakfast offerings featuring of course fresh berries of every kind in their season. Browse the shop for delicious marmalades & jams, local honeys & many other homemade goodies.
Vrede en Lust
There is a wonderful & casual bistro for a great bite to eat attached to a beautiful bakery w/brick ovens that produce gorgeous & delicious breads & baked goods. The wine tastings are administered by an extremely knowledgable & genial staff in a gorgeous setting with sweeping views of the vineyards & mountains beyond. We love the wines as well & always bring home a case of their Mochalate Malbec & the Early Mist Riesling.
Grand Provence Wine Estate
Grand Provence affords one an experience very much as would be expected by it’s name. It is quite grand in its French informed formality. Manicured lawns & gardens stretch out between beautiful building housing an exquisite restaurant, beautiful wine tasting rooms featuring award winning wines, a well curated decor & gift shop & a world class art gallery that to us is worth the trip alone.
Boschendal is a true working farm growing not only grapes but also a large variety of other fruits & 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 & meats. This one is really fun for the whole family.
Simple. quaint. authentic. We love to drop by this charming farm to bring us back to earth after a heady visit to the nearby Grand Provence. Sit at wooden tables in the pear orchard & sip a glass of wine & decompress. Bring a jug of some sort so you can fill it with their delicious olive oil made from olives grown & pressed on the farm.
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais
Chef Margot Janse serves an 8 course extravaganza (allow 3.5 hours for the menu) of a South African inspired meal at the tasting room at le quartier francais. This place is voted in the top in the country year after year. Consistent & popular so book early. Do the wine paring.
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.
Xanadu comes to mind when trying to describe Babylonstoren. Go early & stay late to experience the stunning 8 acre gardens growing everything you’ve ever heard of & much that you have not. get lost in the labyrinth until you come upon the restaurant babel which gives farm-to-table new meaning. explore the shop full of an irresistible selection of handmade & natural products. buy fresh baked breads, dried meats & artisan cheeses all beautifully displayed in historic dutch buildings. you must go.
One sees Dalewood cheeses in better stores & delis all over the region but the best thing is to visit the farm yourself, see where it’s made & 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, sounds (& 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 the brie by the wheel & stock up on a variety of other camemberts & goat cheeses to serve to our guest at Maison Noir every time we go to paarl.
Constantia Valley Wine Farms
There are many excellent wine farms in the Constantia Valley which begins 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.
Groot is the grand daddy of the region, producing many award winning wines on their working farm. We love the museum in the historical, original manor house full of well identified & preserved period furniture & art. Sit outdoors under massive oak trees for a lovely & lazy lunch at Jonkershuis restaurant or inside in the series of rooms that were once the slave quarters & stables of the farm. Don’t miss the room next door which displays the chronological history of the several owners & eras of the farm over the last several hundred years – fascinating! Simon’s restaurant here is beautiful & lovely for dinner. Let us make a booking for you.
Buitenverwachting Wine Farm
We love it for it laid back vibe-a little less fussy than some of it’s neighbors. In particular to stretch out on the lawn under massive oak & cedar trees (think Downton Abbey) with one of their delightful picnic baskets & wonderful wines. Try the Rosé! The restaurant, in an original, thatched roof, Cape Dutch building is elegant & a great place for lunch only a few minutes drive from the villa. Be sure to grab some of their outstanding pastries in the coffee bloc for tomorrows breakfast.
Klein Constantia is a must see when in the area if for no other reason than to taste (we always bring a bottle home) of their Vin Constantia dessert wine. Arguably the most famous of all South African wines, the Vin has been famous & sought after by the Kings of Europe for over 300 years. It shows up in Dickens & Jane austen. When you taste it you’ll understand why. This is wine making on a massive scale & you can see it all happening looking through a glass wall into a room with countless, gigantic, stainless steel barrels all connected by catwalks where workers are busy tending to the making of the many award winning wines. We can arrange for you private tours of the farm & its works which includes a trip up to a fascinating dam & the view of a lifetime over constantia & beyond.
One could be forgiven if they blinked while visiting Beau Constantia & thought they were in the Napa Valley. Visit for the wine tastings held in a contemporary glass box of architecture while sitting in the beautifully appointed, mid century-modern decor & overlooking breathtaking views of the Constantia Valley. Beau is a boutique wine maker producing small amounts annually of some great & award winning wines.