Whether shared or paired, a good wine brings out that extra flair in everyone!
With October being Pinotage month, we decided to dedicate this month to exploring the Plettenberg Bay Winelands. The Plett Winelands region is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s ‘Wine of Origin’ areas, and is also one of the smallest, stretching under 60kms and with just 18 picturesque vineyards in the surrounds.
The wine coming out of this region is truly fantastic, and not to be missed if you’re in the area.
Most Wine Estates offer wine tasting, cellar door prices and delicious meals if you feel like enjoying a long, languid lunch amidst the vines. Call ahead to make a booking to avoid disappointment, and be sure to leave extra space in the boot to take some extra bottles home.
Here are our 6 favourite picks:
1. Bramon Wine Estate
Bramon Wine Estate is a family-owned boutique vineyard known for being the first to break ground in the Plett region. Sauvignon Blanc were their first vines planted back in 2000. Bramon has since paved the way for the high-quality wine produced in the area. Expect to be captivated by the views overlooking the Tsitsikamma Mountains and their vines from their restaurant, while indulging in their astounding collection of wines and fresh tapas-style dishes.
Locals recommend: the award winning Méthode Cap Classique
You can reach them on 073 833 8183
Photo courtesy of Bramon Wine Estate.
2. Packwood Country and Wine Estate
Situated between Plett and Knysna, with a range of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay; Packwood Country Wine Estate offers an authentic countryside wine tasting experience.
For homegrown, fresh produce at the estate, head over to their Lunchbox restaurant for a brilliant breakfast and bubbles or a delectable handcrafted cheese platter. Picnics are available depending on season.
Locals recommend: the Gent
You can reach them on 083 999 9521
Photo courtesy of Packwood Country Wine Estate.
3. Newstead Wines
Acclaimed for their picnics in the vineyards, summer solstice parties, and bespoke events, Newstead Vineyards has become known for giving an exceptional wine tasting experience and is a crowd-pleaser for young and old alike.
Their Bubble Bar offers amazing bubbles, craft beer and cocktails, along with unique local gins infused with herbs and spices.
Locals recommend: Cap Classique Rosé
You can reach them on 076 300 9740
Photo courtesy of Newstead Vineyards.
4. Lodestone Wines
Nestled in the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, Lodestone Wines is said to be a great place for a lazy lunch with excellent wine. The views over the dam in front of the restaurant are remarkable. A guest favourite are their olives freshly picked from the olive orchard. Their range of olives can be paired with wine and bubbly, creating a superb tasting experience!
Locals recommend: the Stoepsit
You can reach them on 044 534 8015.
Photo courtesy of Lodestone Wines.
5. Plettenvale Wine Estate
This family-owned boutique estate produces just 1,000 handcrafted bottles of wine each year, including a Brut Rosé MCC which, we’re proud to let you know, was awarded best Brut Rosé MCC in South Africa in 2015.
Experience Gloria’s passion for her wine farm as she takes you on a personal tour through their winery. Their chocolate and wine pair tasting is excellent!
Locals recommend: Ruby Rush “Our Blend”
You can reach them on 082 322 0765.
Photo courtesy of Plettenvale Wines.
6. Kay and Monty Vineyards
Interested in having your wedding hosted in the picturesque Plett Winelands? Kay and Monty Vineyards would be our top recommendation! The magnificent views of the mountain, along with their peaceful pond, is sure to result in a magical day. Besides their splendid, award-winning wine, cosy fireplace, chic decor, and incredible views, they are also loved for their generous variety of charcuterie platters paired with freshly baked artisanal breads.
Locals recommend: SAV
You can reach them on 044 534 8387.
Photo courtesy of Kay and Monty Vineyards.