Guide to Food and Wine Pairings in the Cape Winelands, South Africa, (Part one)

If you are  a wine lover and currently in Cape Town, take a few days and travel to the beautiful Cape Winelands. The Cape Winelands is South Africa’s famous wine region and is situated only an hour  by car from the city.  It is famous for it’s beautiful mountains, historic towns, Cape Dutch farmsteads, fine-dining restaurants and well-regarded South African wines.

Food and wine pairings has become a very popular trend in the winelands and  I have compiled the perfect bucket list for wine lovers and foodies to indulge.

1. La Motte Wine Estate, Franschoek

 The food and wine pairing is hosted on Friday mornings at 10:00 (booking essential) and it the perfect way to spoil yourself and start the weekend. The tasting is a great introduction to wine and food pairings, since it demonstrates how the basic five taste sensations can compliment wine.  After the introduction, five of the La Motte wines are paired with food from the Pierneef kitchen.  Something special  about this tasting is the little serving plates, created by local artist. The tasting is the perfect combination of food, wine and art.  Contact La Motte Wine Estate at 0218768000 or via email at

2. Boschendal Wine Estate, Franschoek

Boschendal is one of the wine estates with the best views of the Drankenstein and Simonsig Mountains. It was founded in 1685 and is one of South Africa’s oldest farms.   Enjoy the Boschendal Chocolate experience, a wine and chocolate pairing, under the beautiful oak trees.  The chocolates (made from West African cocoa) are paired with the Boschendal 1685 wine range.  Contact Boschendal at +27 00218704210/11or via email at


3. Neethlingshof Estate, Stellenbosch

One of the food and wine pairing treasures of Stellenbosch is the Flash Food and Wine tasting at Neethlingshof.  It consists of  two white and  three red wines, paired with miniature versions of every South African’s favourite “junkfood” or flashfood.   .  Contact Neethlingshof at 0218838988 or via email at

4. Waterford Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Driving up to Waterford  Wine Estate it feels like you are  somewhere in the European countryside.  The estate boast old citrus groves, rolling lawns, the Waterford Estate fountain  and fragrant lavender and rosemary beds. Kevin Arnold (cellar master) and Greyton Chocolatier, Richard von Geausau,  worked together to create the chocolate and wine experience.  The chocolate and wine pairing  is a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with the Estate Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and natural sweet wine compliments both the wines and the chocolates.  Contact Waterford at 0218805316 or via email at

5. The House of J.C. Le Roux, Stellenbosch

The House of J.C. Le Roux famous for it’s Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) and range of sparkling wines offers a nougat experience as a tasting option.  It consist of five sparkling wines paired with handcrafted nougat.   Contact JC le Roux at 0218658200 or book on the website

6. Clos Malverne Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Clos Malverne Wine Estate offers a wine and ice cream pairing option (booking essential).  The tasting consist of four estate wines, paired with four ice creams created by Chef Nadia.  The  ice cream flavours changes with the seasons, the perfect excuse to visit the Estate  more than once a year.  Contact Clos Malverne at 0218652022 or via email at

7. Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West

Lourensford Wine Estate is a historic  estate in the heart of the Helderberg district.  It was established in 1709 and over the years became well known as a world class fruit farm.  After the farm was purchased by Dr. Christo Wiese in 1998, the wine making tradition  of the farm was restored.  Lourensford recently introduced a new Belgian chocolate and wine pairing .  Four of the Estate wines are paired with  handcrafted  orange, berry, chilli and mint chocolates. Contact Lourensford at 0218472333 or via email at

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