Things To Do in StellenboschSimonsig Wine Estate
Where? Kromme Rhee Road between the R44 and the R304, Cape Winelands, Western Cape
When? Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 17h00.
Saturday & Public Holidays from 08h30 to 16h00.
How? Call +27 (0)21 888-4900
How much? Price on request
In 1688 French Huguenot Jacques Malan arrived in the winelands and signalled the beginning of a journey for the Malan family. The late Frans Malan, one of South Africa’s wine industry pioneers, introduced Simonsig’s first wines.
Over 30 years ago, he introduced South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique, Kaapse Vonkel and South African Rhine Riesling and wooded whites. Together with two others, he found the Stellenbosch wine route in 1971 which was a first for Africa.
This farm spans 206 hectares and comprises plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinotage. Visiting the restaurant Cuvée to eat or for a tasting is a treat as they make bubbles, red and white wines. Whilst Champagne is the name only given if it is made in the French region of Champagne, Simonsig were the first local winery to make sparkling wine using the Methode Cap Classique.
They have extended their range to include Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs, Kaapse Vonkel Brut, Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé, and Encore Vin Sec. With a tasting room which makes you feel at home, you can sip your way through 10 wines or more and decide whether this really is one of the best estates in the Cape.