Cape Town’s wine pairings have evolved, with wineries now offering diverse options from sushi to marshmallow pairings.
Here are our Top 10 perfect wine pairings in Cape Town you should try:
Sushi and Wine at Kanu Wines
Savour an exquisite sushi experience at Kanu Wines, where you can enjoy a delectable selection of freshly crafted sushi perfectly complemented by six of its finest wines.
Location: R304, Stellenbosch
Contact: Call 021 865 2488 or visit kanu.co.za/
Sorbet and Wine Pairing at Cavalli Estate
If you’re looking to beat the heat this summer, Cavalli Estate’s sorbet and wine pairing is worth adding to your wine pairing bucket list. Their wines are thoughtfully paired with the sorbet, which includes flavours like apple and fennel, plum and rosemary, sage and vanilla and pear, sag and vanilla.
Location: Strand Rd, Somerset West
Contact: Visit cavalliestate.com
Chocolate and Wine at Groot Constantia
Chocoholics will relish Groot Constantia’s chocolate and wine pairing, where visitors can indulge in 5 handcrafted chocolates perfectly paired with the extensive range of wines from South Africa’s oldest wine estate.
Location: Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia
Price: From R95
Contact: Call 021 794 5128 or visit grootconstantia.co.za
Pizza Pairing at Blaauwklippen
Blaauwklippen’s pizza pairing experience is an absolute delight. Enjoy four mini pizzas, including options like Athena (feta, rosemary, onion, and garlic), Formaggi (brie, gorgonzola, mozzarella, and parmesan), Marinara (prawn, calamari, garlic, and chili), and Quattro Stagioni (ham, artichokes, olives, and mushrooms). Vegetarian substitutions are also available.
Blaauwklippen offers a range of other unique pairings, including red wine and fudge, wine and macarons, and a vegetable pairing.
Location: Strand Road, R44 Stellenbosch
Contact: Call 021 880 0133 or visit blaauwklippen.com/
Cheesecake and Wine Pairing at Eikendal
Indulge in Eikendal’s award-winning wines with their irresistible trio of cheesecakes: zesty lemon, luscious plum berry, and decadent salted caramel. Request outdoor seating to feast on the breathtaking views.
Location: R44, Raithby
Contact: Visit eikendal.com/
Nougat and MCC Pairing at Villiera Wines
If you have a sweet tooth, Villiera Wine’s Cap Classique & Nougat Pairing is worth trying. Try 4 wines, including French champagne Grier Brut and the wine estate’s bestselling Villiera Tradition Brut, paired with their selection of handcrafted nougats. Flavours include berry and cherry, macadamia, almond, goji berry, almond and rooibos tea.
Location: Cnr R304 & R101 Koelenhof Near, Stellenbosch
Contact: Visit villiera.com/cap-classique-nougat-pairing/
Marshmallows and Wine at Perdeberg
Try out Perdeberg’s range of award-winning wines, expertly paired with handcrafted marshmallows. Explore a world of flavours from their wines, including the Vineyard Collection Grenache Blanc and Cinsault, Perdeberg Sparkling Wine, MCC Pinot Rosé, and dessert wine, The Dry Land Collection Longevity Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc. And let’s not forget the delightful marshmallow selection, featuring rosewater, raspberry, lime, cherry, and honeycomb.
Location: Vryguns Farm Windmeul, Paarl
Contact: Visit perdeberg.co.za/wine-tasting/
Master Wine & Cheese Tasting at Fairview
Take your taste buds on an adventure with Fairview’s Master Wine & Cheese Tasting. The tasting, which pays tribute to wine and cheese producer Charles Back’s late mother, provides visitors with the opportunity to savour 8 premium wines alongside 8 cheeses, fresh bread, and olive oil.
Location: Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd, Paarl
Cake Pairing at Stellenrust Wine Estate
Match your favourite cakes with a choice of Stellenrust’s luxurious wines. Tuck into red velvet, carrot, and chocolate velvet cakes, paired with their range of red and white wines. If this sweet pairing isn’t up your alley, the wine estate also offers an African Pairing, which includes tastings of biltong, droewors, almonds, olives and cheese.
Kiddies / Non-alcoholic
If you’re planning a visit to a wine estate with kids or friends who don’t consume alcohol, consider these two excellent options for non-alcoholic pairings:
Hillcrest Wine Estate
Situated in the Tygerberg Hills, just outside Durbanville, this wine farm offers a special kiddie’s pairing. Kids or your non-alcoholic companions can enjoy Sprite, apple, or grape juice, paired with a selection of snacks like pretzels and marshmallows.
Location: M13 Tygervalley Centre Service Road, Durbanville
Contact: Visit hillcrestfarm.co.za/
Spier’s Children’s Grape Juice Tasting is a fantastic way to engage the youngsters with a tasting of two different grape juices and an educational activity sheet highlighting the role of insects in our vineyards. This pairing can also be adapted for adults.
Location: R310, Baden Powell Drive, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch