When one thinks of wine in South Africa, undoubtedly the first place that will come to your mind is the Western Cape, or more importantly the Cape Wine Route which is mainly found in Stellenbosch. But not many know (including Darren and I until a recent trip) that Plettenberg Bay has a lively, thriving wine culture and it is now officially included within the Cape Wine Route.
So if you’re looking to visit some boutique vineyards with a more family-feel and equally delicious wines that rival the likes of Robertson and Haute-Cabriere. Or the perfect place to have a relaxing and scenic lunch date then the Plett Winelands must definitely be added to your bucket list.
The Plett Winelands
The Plett Winelands are made up of more than 16 wine farms and produces cooler-climate wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. Plus the equally divine Method Cap Classique Bubbly varieties – bubblies that are produced using the same Champagne method as in France.
We didn’t have enough time to visit all of the wine farms but we did manage to visit 4 (Yes, we were a little sozzled at the end of the day and no, we didn’t drive). We managed to visit 4 as there are 5 boutique wine farms found along one dusty farm road – the valley views are exceptional here and makes the entire wine experience all the much more enjoyable.
Redford Road found in the Crags area of Plettenberg Bay gives you the opportunity to visit five vineyards all extremely close to one another – something we just couldn’t resist.
Bramon Wine Estate
Bramon Wine Estate is where the Plett Winelands all began. In 2000, Peter and Caroline Thorpe saw the opportunity to plant and cultivate wine on their farm and thanks to them ignoring the skeptics and side-looks from naysayers, they have created a wine farm that produces exceptional wine with their two double-gold Michelangelo Grand d’Or medals for their 2012 and 2013 MCCs to prove it.
The setting is stunning at Bramon, sitting amongst the vineyards with the Tsitsikamma Mountains as the perfect back drop. The menu is very simple but cleverly designed to encourage sharing of plates between diners which creates a wonderful family like lunch atmosphere – intimate but lively.
After we enjoyed some delicious food and equally delicious MCC we headed further along the Redford Road and came across the gorgeous wine farm of Kay and Monty Vineyards.
Kay and Monty Vineyards
Kay and Monty was one of the first vineyards to start cultivating grapes, just after Bramon, and with their many years of experience have produced some stunning vintages. Kay and Monty was founded after, avid polo player (A major past-time for Plettenberg Bay), Chick Leigh decided to convert the farm into a polo estate which subsequently created the perfect place for the cultivation of wines.
At Kay and Monty Vineyards the intention is to keep the production small in order to deliver unique, hand crafted and appealing new flavours – Lauren Ritchie – CEO
Kay and Monty vineyards pride themselves on staying true to their promise of remaining a boutique vineyard as to carry on delivering unique and delicious wines that are passionately made throughout the entire wine making process.
A lot of love and time has been taken to create Kay and Monty Vineyards and that is perfectly emphasised in their menu of delicious sharing boards and the most amazing cheesecake chocolate brownie we have ever tasted!
There are many other wine farms to try out and some of our must-see wine farms for when we visit the Plett Winelands (Yes we will most definitely be back!) again are:
- Lodestone Wine & Olives
- Newstead Lund Family Vineyards
- Plettenvale Wines
- Packwood Wine & Country Estate
We hope you have enjoyed reading this post and will make time to visit the Plettenberg Winelands whenever you find yourself down that way!