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As a kid, I tagged along on many of my parents’ adventures, as kids tend to do. These occasions took us to a number of wine farms, many of which are situated in Stellenbosch and the surrounds. I’ve got to tell you that as a kid, I wasn’t very interested in wines — for obvious reasons. I do, however, remember a couple of really cool wine farms that I’ve revisited over the years, and a couple that I wish to, because there’s just something extra about them. So here are six really cool unique wine farms in the Western Cape.

Underground Tales at Weltevrede Wine Estate

R317, Bonnievale

This Bonnievale wine estate sounds seriously cool, with tastings held in a century-old underground cellar. These candle-lit tastings of vintage and non-vintage MCC’s, red muscadel, and dessert wines among others are enjoyed amongst thousands of bottles and makes for a wonderfully intimate experience.

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Duck Greetings from the Vergenoegd Wine Estate

Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch

So this wine farm, one of the oldest in Stellenbosch, is not one that I have personally visited, but you can check out Liezel’s review on the improved farm here. It is however on my list of holiday activities. This rustic working farm has a team of 1 070 runner ducks — yes, you read that correctly — to help keep pests like snails and the likes off the vines, eliminating the need for synthetic pesticides. Want to check out the duck parade? It takes place at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30 from Monday to Sunday.

That’s not all the farm has to offer, though. Feeling like a true wine connoisseur, or feel like you could do a better job? You can always try your hand at the wine blending experience that the farm has to offer. If you have ae more active personality, Vergenoegd also has their own official Myrun event that takes place at 8:00 every Saturday morning, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get those Vitality points (if you’re so inclined), as well as a Saturday morning market.

If this farm has piqued your interest, you can check out their website at


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Time Travel with Muratie Wine Estate

Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch

It’s immediately evident as you drive onto the grounds of the Muratie Wine Estate in Knorhoek, that this is not a traditionally manicured estate. Traditional, yes; in fact Muratie focuses on preserving as much of the heritage as possible. Manicured, not so much.

This exquisite farm will throw you back in time to 1685 with the cobweb shrouded tasting rooms, set with amazing stained glass windows, paintings and photographs depicting wine making through the ages. Honestly, it’s still a struggle for me not to touch the cobwebs; just to make sure that they’re authentic.

This beautiful wine estate will take your breath away with the elegance and history as you are invited to sit down for a bite at the Muratie farm kitchen. The farm also offers trail running and MTB tracks on the farm for the more active visitors.

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We’re going a safari with Villiera Wine Estate

Corner of R304 and R101, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch,

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name of this farm is the image of a massive black Labrador. His name was Merlot and I had chance to make friends with him during the number of visits my parents made to the farm. This farm is amazing for a number of reasons; they have owl boxes up in the trees to encourage the local birdlife to nest there, a team of ducks that help to keep the vineyards clear of pests, and an amazing selection of MCCs that you absolutely have to try if you’re a bubbly lover.

The Villiera Wine Estate also offers an amazing two hour game drive and tasting package that takes you through their wildlife sanctuary, giving you the chance to see a variety of animals like zebras, kudus, giraffes and black wildebeests among many others.

Interested? You can check out for more information.


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Cave Exploring at Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

Tygerberg Valley Rd, Durbanville

Sure, Durbanville is well-known for its scenic wine route, but this little boutique winery often gets overshadowed by the likes of Durbanville Hills and D’Aria. The fact that it’s a boutique winery means that there is only a small amount of wine produced each season, as much as the vineyards are able to produce. What makes this little wine farm special is the tasting “caves” which are all cozily decorated with pillows and vintage furniture. If you’re feeling peckish, they have some really tasty platters; you can check out our review here.

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Billy Goat Gruff at Fairview Wine Estate

Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd, Suider-Paarl

I honestly love this wine farm, and I have since I was a kid. The massive Saanen billy goats that parade up and down the stairs of their own personal tower, the massive koi pond out front, and the astounding array of cheeses that they have for tasting, not to mention the beautiful wines. Totally sold.

Fairview offers a Beryl Back Master tasting, a seated and tutored tasting experience of eight wines, carefully selected cheesed, olive oil and fresh artisinal bread. They also have the Goatshed restaurant on site that provides patrons with some really yummy farm-style dishes.

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