The Cape Winelands is synonymous with breath-taking vineyard views, an impressive food scene and, of course, world-class wine estates. However, if you want to swap your pinotage vino for Six Dogs Pinotage Stained (or Blue or Karoo), we’ve rounded up where in the winelands you can do just that.
Classic Cats, Stellenbosch
If you’re a fan of classic cars and classic drinks, look no further. This Stellenbosch gem is home to an enviable selection of vintage cars as well as one of the largest local gin collections in the country with over 170 proudly South African gins to choose from. Tastings can be enjoyed in the showroom while marvelling over the classics from yesteryear or outside in the picturesque gardens.
Current trading times: Friday to Sundays, 11h00-17h00
Bovine is a casual dining experience in the heart of Franschhoek. Chefs Oliver Cattermole and Blaine Coetzer are passionate about cooking simply, but well, using only the finest ingredients and supporting local craft producers. Enjoy your Six Dogs with one of Bovine’s famous burgers, steaks or good old fish and chips. Expect cool music and a buzzy atmosphere – you’re in for a good time.
Current trading times: Weekends only, but times may vary.
Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch
Known as the “Jewel of the Cape Winelands”, Delaire Graff is the epitome of luxury, boasting majestic views, a state-of-the-art winery, high-end restaurants – and a steady supply of Six Dogs gin! This opulent estate is the perfect setting for sipping on a G&T while taking in the sweeping views of the Stellenbosch valley.
Current trading times: Monday to Sundays, 12h00-14h00 (lunch); Fridays and Saturdays 18h30-21h00 (dinner)
Oude Werf, Stellenbosch
Built in 1802, Oude Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel, famed for its fine-dining and luxurious accommodation. The hotel is ideally situated on charming Church street, the perfect location from which to explore the quaint town of Stellenbosch. After a day of adventuring, you can enjoy your Pinotage Stained in front of the roaring fireplace or outside in the vine-covered courtyard.
Current trading times: Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Escape to the country at beautiful Boschendal, South Africa’s second oldest wine farm. If gin, endless mountain views and farm-to-table dining are what you’re after, then you’ve struck gold. Take part in the numerous activities on offer from garden tours to mountain-biking before treating yourself to a refreshing G&T and delicious meal that celebrates local fare at its finest.
Current trading times: Monday to Sunday, 10h00-15h00
Steeped in history and swathed in natural beauty, Zevenwacht sure is a winelands wonder. Sip your Six Dogs in the historic manor house turned country-style restaurant as you take in the unsurpassed tranquility of your surroundings. With its lush landscapes and panoramic views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and False Bay, you may just want to extend your stay. Luckily the wine farm offers gorgeous accommodation including a country inn and vineyard cottages.
Current trading times: Friday and Saturday (lunch and dinner) and Sunday (lunch only)
WedgeView Country House and Spa, Stellenbosch
Check into the WedgeView Country House and Spa for the ultimate luxury retreat. With its opulent accommodation, in-house spa and close proximity to some of the country’s top golf courses, you’ll feel the stress of the city simply melting away. Sip your G&T poolside – or on your private balcony – and enjoy endless views of the soaring mountains, surrounding vineyards and manicured gardens.
Current trading times: Please enquire directly.
Please note that all information was correct at the time of publishing.