Unique Wine Pairings in the Cape Winelands
No one ever really gets tired of wine tasting, but sometimes it can be a little dull tasting wine in the same way. With these unique wine tasting pairings, you can expect your wine to be paired with the completely unusual.
Belgian Chocolate & Wine Pairing at Lourensford
Attention all chocoholics! The only thing better than chocolate is Belgian chocolate, but Lourensford Estate will do you one better and add wine to the mix. This unique wine pairing experience is as delicious as it sounds. Lourensford offers four interesting flavours of chocolate paired with two white and two red wines. Orange, Dark Cherry, Dark Chill and Dark Mint Chocolate are paired with Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and their Honey Liqueur, accordingly. Absolutely divine!
Price: R 130 pp
Location: Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-18h00
Contact: 021 847 2300
Biltong & Wine Pairing at Alto Wine Estate
Alto Wines have been producing some of the finest wines for a century, and that’s no exaggeration. Their beautiful estate located atop Helderberg mountains, is filled with rich South African history, as an homage to this, they have a unique biltong and wine pairing experience. They specialise in producing delicious red wine varietal blends like Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto Shiraz and Alto Rouge. Their biltong pairing includes five types of biltong, which pair perfectly with five of their best wines.
Price: R 140 pp
Location: Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10h00-17h00 | Sat & Sun: 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 881 3884
Braaibroodjie & Wine Pairing at Middelvlei Wine Estate
Head over to Middelvlei Estate in Stellies, for an authentic South African wine pairing experience. This wine estate certainly knows their market and offers a range of interesting tastings like Braaibroodjie Pairings, as well as Wagyu Boerewors Rolls Pairings. Middelvlei is not about dainty portions, they serve the real shabang!
Price: R150 pp
Location: Flamingo Street, Stellenbosch
Hours: Sat & Sun: 10h00-16h30 | *bookings essential
Contact: 021 883 2565
Canapé & MCC Tasting at Le Lude Estate
If you’re looking for a delectable and unforgettable wine pairing experience, then Le Lude’s Tasting Room is where you’ll want to be. They offer a unique selection of three canapé offerings, such as Grilled Pear, Whipped Goats Cheese on Baguette Smoked Snoek Croquette, and Atchar Remoulade Ginger Glazed Pork Belly. For their second option they have a vegetarian choice and the last canapé selection includes delightful sweet treats, like Raspberry Macarons and Salted Caramel Profiteroles. Sublime!
Price: From R120 pp
Location: Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-17h00
Contact: 021 876 2961
Chocolate & Wine Tasting at Spier Wine Farm
Voted as one of the World’s Best Vineyards (2021), you definitely won’t be disappointed by this estate’s terroir. Their Chocolate and Wine Tasting is inspired by their Cap Classique and Creative Block blends. Spier’s hand-crafted chocolate beautifully compliments the notes in each of their paired wines. A wonderful, must-try tasting experience.
Price: R 80 pp
Location: R310, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11h00-17h00 | Fri & Sat: 10h00-18h00 | Sun: 11h00-17h00
Contact: 021 809 1143
Fudge & Red Wine Tasting at Blaauwklippen
This wine pairing experience is as sweet as it gets! When it comes to unique wine pairings, Blaauwklippen keeps things interesting, they have a range of pairings from macarons to artisanal chocolate and even gin and nougat pairing, if wine isn’t your poison. Their Red Wine & Fudge pairing is served with three of their premium red wines and handmade fudge.
Price: R 95 pp
Location: Strand Road, R44 Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10h00-18h00 | Sun: 10h00-17h00
Contact: 021 880 0133
Fynbos Cupcake & Wine Pairing at Delheim Wines
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it with your wine? At Delheim you can taste four wines, deliciously paired with cupcakes. Sure, you could easily purchase cupcakes at your local grocer and guzzle a bottle of wine at home, but you wouldn’t get the unique wine pairing that Delheim offers. Inspired by the Cape’s fantastic flora and fauna, these cupcakes are fynbos-infused, and paired with four of Delheim’s award-winning wines. They cater up twelve people per session — a sweet experience to share with a group of friends.
Price: R 85 pp (Premium Tasting) | R 150 pp (Reserve Tasting)
Location: Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h30-15h00
Contact: 021 888 4600
Ice Cream & Wine Pairing at Clos Malverne Wine Estate
Clos Malverne is the place to be, come summer or even winter if you like. Take part in a unique wine tasting pairing with their very playful wine and ice cream pairing. They offer four yummy ice cream flavours (including Cookie Monster flavoured ice cream) paired with four of their equally delicious wines.
Price: R135 pp
Location: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: Wed-Sat: 10h300-15h00 | Sat: 10h00-13h00
Contact: 021 865 2022
Italian Cheese & Wine Pairing at Anthony Rupert Wines
Anthonij Rupert Wines is guaranteed to get your taste buds tickled with their Italian Cheese and Wine Pairing. The artisanal cheese perfectly complements the wine range — all presented in a relaxed atmosphere in the comfort of the luxurious Terra Del Capo Tasting Room.
Price: R 120 pp
Location: Franschhoek Valley, Franschhoek
Hours: Tues-Fri: 10h00-17h00 | Sat & Sun: 08h30-17h00 | *by appointment only
Contact: 021 874 9041 | 021 874 9074
Macaron & MCC Tasting at Canto Wines
Nothing says, ‘living my best life’ better than macarons and MCC. Canto Wines’ signature pairing takes your tastebuds on a trip to Paris, while travelling no further than Durbanville. The unique pairing offers a selection of four MCC Bruts — Chardonnay, Shiraz Rosé, Pinot Noir, and a Pinot Noir/Chardonnay MCC; paired with Hazelnut, Red Velvet, Turkish Delight and Salted Caramel macarons. Each flavour enhances the effervescence of the MCCs. They also have a non-alcoholic pairing with artisan tonic waters and macarons.
Price: R 115 pp
Location: Vissershok Road, Durbanville
Hours: Mon-Thurs & Sun: 11h00-17h00 | Fri & Sat: 10h00-18h00 | *bookings only
Contact: 021 492 2821
Music & Wine Pairings at Black Elephant Vintners & Co.
While most wine estates offer charcuterie, this estate likes to do things a little differently… Black Elephant Vintners provides a fresh take on wine tasting by pairing wine with music. They offer three music and wine pairings — Cap Classique and Music ( 5 tastings), Wine Only and Music (10 wine samples), as well as the Black Elephant Experience (14 wines). The playlist is packed with classics which provide the perfect soundtrack for an eventful session of wine tasting. If you’re going with a group of friends, this experience is ideal.
Price: R 150-R 300 pp (depending on selection) | *group of 5 people required per booking
Location: 40a Uitkyk St, Franschhoek
Hours: Request via email.
Contact: 021 876 2903
Nougat & Wine Pairing at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Specially crafted nougat delights are paired with four wines in the Grande Provence range. Smooth and delicious, their wines are uncomplicated quality quaffers that are easy on the palate and ideal for everyday enjoyment. If you prefer seafood, they have an Oyster and MCC pairing for the same price.
Price: R180 pp
Location: Main Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-20h30
Contact: 021 876 8600
Pizza & Sparkling Wine Pairing at JC Le Roux
We have yet to meet a better match than pizza and bubbly, and thanks to JC Le Roux’s specialty pairings you get to enjoy both treats in one sitting. If pizza isn’t your weakness, they have a Cheesecake, Turkish delight, and Nougat pairing too. JC Le Roux caters to all — including teetotalers with their non-alcoholic tasting, they even have pizza and juice pairing for kids.
Price: from R 125 pp
Location: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10h00-16h00 | Fri & Sat: 10h00-17h00 | Sun: 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 865 8200
Pizza & Wine Pairing at Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate
Pizza and wine — name a better combo! Brenaissance’s wine pairing experience takes place at their on-site restaurant, The Farmers Pantry, which is famous for their delicious thin-base pizzas. An ideal place to relax with a group of friends while enjoying great food and fantastic wine. You can expect a Full House Pizza and four Brenaissance wines as part of their tasty offering. The kids can even tag along and make the most of their playground.
Price: R 290 pp
Location: Devon Valley Rd, Stellenbosch
Hours: Wed-Sat: 11h00-22h00 | Sun-Tues: 11h00-17h00
Contact: 079 776 9915
Pizza & Wine Pairing at Eikendal Vineyards
Sample Eikendal wines paired with drool-worthy pizzas. You can expect three delicious thin-base mini-pizzas, freshly made by their onsite restaurant, Cucina di Giovanni, and paired with three of the estate’s best red wines. Eikendal knows how to keep visitors entertained, as they boast a bunch of fun activities like tractor rides, cellar tours and vineyard walks. We also love that they’re kid-friendly and have a cool Kiddies Tasting with cookie decorating activities, as well as a playground they will love.
Price: R150 pp
Location: Off the R44, Stellenbosch
Hours: Tues-Sun: 12h00-16h00 | *bookings only
Contact: 021 855 1422
Salt & Wine Tasting at Waterford Estate
Waterford’s Salt and Wine Tasting takes you on a culinary journey of all things sodium. They have three pairings, each prepared in a specific method to enhance the salty notes in each sampled dish, and of course, paired with one of their white wines. Items on the menu include Sauvignon Blanc 2020 paired with a Fleur du Sel Rooibos Tea Smoked Salmon Trout. Their second tasting is a Grenache Noir 2018 with a Beef Tataki in a soy sauce dressing. Lastly, they have a Pear and Frangipane Tartfin, Pear Poached in Chardonnay, served alongside their Waterford Heatherleigh wine.
Price: R 125 pp
Location: Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg, Stellenbosch
Hours: Tues-Sun: 10h00-15h30
Contact: 021 880 5300
Please note: Prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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