A Guide to Uniquely South African Fynbos and Wine Pairings

For lovers of nature and wine, the South African winelands has plenty to offer. This Heritage Month, celebrate the magnificence of the natural heritage that is the Cape Floral Kingdom with these interesting fynbos and wine pairings and other fynbos-related attractions. Curious about how fynbos contributes to the aroma and complexity of South African wine? You can read more here on Wine Enthusiast. 

Take a look at our list of nine uniquely South African fynbos pairings:

Delheim Wine and Fynbos Cupcake Pairing

Inspired by the Cape Floral Kingdom, this wine and fynbos cupcake pairing truly showcases the excellence of Delheim’s wines. The offering includes four fynbos-infused cupcakes paired with four wines: the fynbos honey cupcake with the Delheim Merlot; the honeybush cupcake with the Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie; the buchu cupcake with the Delheim Gewurztraminer; and the rooibos cupcake with the Delheim Pinotage.

  • Where: Delheim Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Times: Friday – Tuesday: 11h00 & 15h00
  • Cost: R150 pp

Click HERE to book your tasting.

Bartinney Wine and Fynbos Pairing Experience

Sustainability superheroes Bartinney’s wine and fynbos pairing experience is an innovative tasting of their three estate wines alongside fynbos grown on the farm. The multi-sensory tasting incorporates touch, smell, sight, and taste. It changes your perceptions of the wines and highlights the estate’s ongoing commitment to conserving the unique Cape biodiversity.

  • Where: Bartinney Tasting Shed, Stellenbosch
  • Times: Monday – Friday: 10h00 – 17h00
  • Cost: R110 pp

Booking is essential. To book, email tastingshed@bartinney.co.za.

Fynbos and Wine Walk at Idiom

Idiom’s Da Capo Vineyards is situated within the Cape’s biosphere and the garden celebrates some of the beautiful indigenous flora of the area. Guests to the Idiom estate are offered a unique experience to explore the scents of indigenous fynbos on a Fynbos Walk. Expect fynbos plants like khoigoed, dune salvia, honeybush, sour fig, and snowbush. This is followed by a tasting of the Idiom Cape Blend, an opulent wine made with the Cape’s own Pinotage blended with noble varieties.

  • Where: Idiom Wines, Somerset West
  • Times: Monday – Sunday: 09h30 – 16h30

For more details, click HERE.

Fynbos Mignonette Oyster and Wine Pairing at Cavalli

The oysters and wine pairing at Cavalli Estate is an unforgettable experience that harmonises gourmet oysters with the artistry of Cavalli wines. One of the highlights of the pairing is the fynbos mignonette oyster expertly paired with the Cremello white blend, which consists of Chenin blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho, and Viognier. On a sunny day you can enjoy the pairing outside on the tasting terrace overlooking Cavalli’s indigenous garden filled with rare fynbos species.

  • Where: Cavalli Estate, Somerset West
  • Times: Wednesday – Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00
  • Cost: R250 pp

For more information, click HERE.

Wine and Fynbos Tour at GlenWood Vineyards

Take a leisurely hike through the masses of indigenous fynbos on the way up to Nature’s Window, GlenWood Vineyards’ tasting room in the mountain above the winery. The walk takes approximately twenty minutes and ascends some 70 meters. Alternatively, you can request a 4×4 ride to Nature’s Window. This tour includes a visit to the vineyards and plantings of king proteas, blushing brides, and pincushions. Once you reach Nature’s Window, you’ll get to enjoy a wine tasting with a view.

  • Where: GlenWood Vineyards, Franschhoek
  • Times: Daily at 11h00 and 14h00
  • Cost: From R400 pp For more info and reservations, click HERE.

Taste the Iona Single Vineyard Fynbos Chardonnay

Iona’s premium single-vineyard wines portray the unique varying micro climates and soil types of Iona wine estate in the Elgin Highlands. The Fynbos Vineyard has well drained soils that are rich in clay that result in a gorgeous, fleshy, generous wine. Nuanced and multi-layered, this vineyard produces Chardonnay with weight and depth. Visit the Iona tasting room to experience the wine for yourself.

  • Where: Iona Wine Farm, Elgin
  • Times: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 16h30; Saturdays: By appointment

For more information, visit their website: www.iona.co.za

Fynbos Walk at Bouchard Finlayson

A WWF Conservation Champion, Bouchard Finlayson is an active custodian of the 100 hectares of indigenous fynbos surrounding their vineyards and cellar. Visitors are invited to discover these beautiful fynbos-clad hills with the Frank Woodvine Fynbos Walk trail that traverses the estate. An easy trail, the walk can vary in distance and take anything from 45 minutes to two and a half hours. Bonus: Dogs on leashes are welcome!

  • Where: Bouchard Finlayson, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus
  • Times: Daily: 09h00 – 16h00 (NB: The trail is closed for maintenance till September 2023).
  • Cost: R50 pp To book, contact Bouchard Finlayson at info@bouchardfinlayson.co.za or 028 312 3515.

Rooibos and Wine Pairing at Klawer Cellars

Did you know that South Africa’s famous rooibos plant can only be found in the Cederberg? To make the most of this special regional produce, Klawer Wine Cellars is combining it with what they do best: wine. The rooibos product pairing includes combinations like Chardonnay and a skuinskoek with rooibos jam; Chenin Blanc and rooibos fudge; Pinotage and a rooibos biscotti; and the Cabernet Sauvignon with rooibos soya sauce and cheddar.

  • Where: Klawer Wine Cellar, Klawer
  • Times: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 16h00; Saturday: 10h00 – 12h00
  • Cost: R60 pp

To book a tasting, click HERE.

Piekenierskloof Wine, Rooibos Tea and Nibble Pairing

De Tol, probably the oldest farm stall on the N7, is the tasting room for all Piekenierskloof wines and Carmién rooibos teas. The deli offers coffee, roosterkoek, fresh farm produce, and much more. Among this exciting variety of experiences is the wine, rooibos tea and nibble pairing. This proudly South African pairing consists of four Piekenierskloof wines, four Carmién rooibos teas, and four savoury nibbles. Remember to grab a bunch of indigenous flowers before you leave!

  • Where: De Tol Farm Deli, Piekenierskloof, Citrusdal
  • Times: Monday – Saturday: 08h00 – 17h00; Sunday: 08h00 – 15h00
  • Cost: R150 pp

For reservations, contact the deli at 067 410 3315 or detol@pkwc.co.za.

Indigenous Food Foraging Experiences

Mouthwatering West Coast favourites at Fryer’s Cove

The Jetty Restaurant is Fryer’s Cove’s community development project and it is here where their wines truly shine. In their natural habitat, the wines are paired with homecooked West Coast favourites such as snoekkoekies, abalone, kerrievis and roosterkoek, and freshly caught linefish.

  • Where: The Jetty Restaurant, Fryer’s Cove, Doringbaai
  • Times: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00

Phone Fryer’s Cove at 076 290 4372 to book your table.

Seafood and Foraged Fare at Wolfgat

An one-of-a-kind experience, Wolfgat on the West Coast is a seafood restaurant known for its foraged fare. Each member of staff helps with the foraging in the morning and chef Kobus van der Merwe then uses their finds in his cooking. His signature Strandveld food menu comprises a series of tasting dishes presented in seven courses. Expect sustainable seafood, seasonal veldkos, seaweeds, garden produce, and more. The food is perfectly paired with artisanal wines by local brands like Intellego, FRAM, Lemberg, Sakkie Mouton Family Wines, and others.

  • Where: Wolfgat, Paternoster
  • Times: Lunch: 12h30 from Wednesday – Saturday & 12h00 on Sunday. Dinner: Friday & Saturday at 19h00.

Booking is essential. To make a booking, click HERE.

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