A honeymoon is a time to bask in your newlywed bliss, away from the demands and distractions of day-to-day life. A trip to a wine estate is both romantic and relaxing; the gorgeous views and intimate setting make it a perfect honeymoon visit. In this list, you’ll find the most romantic wine estates in Cape Town to enjoy with your significant other.

1. Molenvliet

This family-owned boutique winery is nestled in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine country, so you can be sure that the wines are of the highest quality. The privacy of its location makes it ideal for a romantic getaway, and the attentive staff on hand will make sure your comfort is their top priority. Spend your time away surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch. This wine farm is ranked as one of the best wedding and accommodation destinations in the world, and with its dreamy views coupled with the 5-star service, it’s easy to see why.

Views of Stellenbosch wine farm with mountains
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2. Le Lude

Franschhoek Valley is home to an array of gorgeous wine farms, but Le Lude truly stands out for its environmentally conscious ethos and naturally crafted bottle-fermented sparkling wines. This wine, known as Cap Classique, is a speciality of Le Lude and is heralded as the finest locally produced bubbly, praised for its finesse and refinement. There is also the Orangerie Restaurant on the premises, just a short walk from the wine cellar. The highly-experienced Chef Nicolene has prepared a delectable a la carte menu to delight all tastes. Treat yourself to Le Lude’s afternoon tea, where you can indulge in sumptuous baked goods accompanied by a glass of the estate’s Cap Classique. What better way to toast your recent nuptials?

3. Waterford Estate

Waterford Estate is situated in the scenic Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch. The grounds are truly extraordinary – the Estate is home to old citrus groves, rolling lawns, water features and fragrant lavender and rosemary beds. Though you may feel as though you’ve been transported to a far-off European countryside, Waterford Estate is proudly South African. A range of locally driven experiences is offered at the Estate. These include live music with South African artists known as Sunset Sessions, Porcupine Trail Wine Walks, and the very popular Wine Drive Safari. This unforgettable three-hour drive allows you to explore the entirety of the breathtaking 120-hectare Estate, followed by a wine tasting and light lunch. This venue is perfect for couples who enjoy both the beauty and adventure of nature.

Waterford wine estate in Stellenbosch South Africa

4. Cape Point Vineyards

This serene spot is nestled on a charming farm in Noordhoek, surrounded by both mountain and ocean, it’s not secret why this has found its spot on the list of the most romantic wine estates in Cape Town. The dam on the premises is a dreamy, secluded spot for partners to enjoy each other’s company away from the crowds while soaking in the beauty of the area. The staff on hand will pre-pack a picnic basket filled with a variety of sweet and savoury treats to share with your loved one. Cape Point Vineyards is also very popular for the Sauvignon Blanc it produces. Their wines boast robust flavour profiles and earthy richness – a superb complement to the picnic baskets. The area is a short drive to the Cape Point National Park if you feel like exploring further, but close enough to the city if you’re keen to get back to the lively bustle. Renowned sources such as Cape Town Magazine and Eat Out regularly list Cape Point Vineyards as one of the best Vineyard Picnic experiences in and around Cape Town.

5. Lanzerac Wine Estate

Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is as historic as it is beautiful. Established in 1692, it is the third oldest farm in the area and still carries the same old-world charm which has endeared it to its visitors. The grounds are a combination of traditional Dutch architecture and contemporary features. They offer a chic and fully-equipped day spa where you and your spouse can indulge in a romantic couple’s massage and then decompress in a steaming hot tub. Lanzerac is responsible for the world’s first bottled Pinotage, as well as a selection of premium wines. They produce a range of award-winning single varietal wines to suit any occasion, including their luxuriously refined MCC to toast to your newly-wedded bliss.

Young couple kissing at a wine farm
Image credit: @lanzeracwineestate via Instagram

Heading on a honeymoon? Or perhaps you’re planning a proposal? Whatever your romantic plans, Explore Sideways would be happy to assist you in planning a trip to the most romantic wine estates in Cape Town – and we know how to keep a secret too if need be!

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