Stellenbosch Wine Routes


The 78ha farm derives its name from a colony of tortoises (skilpad in Afrikaans) that once occupied a nearby shallow dam in the 1800’s. The farm was a popular rest-stop for transport riders ferrying produce to and from the Cape. It has been in the hands of the Joubert family since 1917. The Victorian-style farmhouse was built in 1918, when the first vineyards were established too. Over the years, crops have also included wheat, vegetables and tobacco. Today, fourth generation Willie Joubert upholds the proud family tradition, having taken over from his father Jannie, in 2007. Skilpadvlei also has a restaurant, wedding venue, gift shop and farm-stay accommodation.


White and Dessert Wines

Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé

Red Wines

Grenache (Red), Shiraz, Red Blend, Pinotage

Wine experiences

Wine & Food Pairing



Bed & Breakfast, Self-Catering


Skilpadvlei can accommodate guests in one of the seven self-catering cottages along the dam or the eleven bed & breakfast rooms at the manor house. The surrounding vineyards and landscape is the natural habitat of various bird species whilst the dam offers black bass and trout fishing. Take a hike through the vineyards and enjoy the panoramic views the farm offers.


Nestled between the vineyards, Skilpadvlei Restaurant is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and breath-taking views of the Stellenbosch Hills and surrounding mountains. Skilpadvlei Restaurant offers an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our specialities are traditional South African favourites such as Lamb curry, tripe and flame grilled Pork ribs . For contemporary classics try our steaks, delicious Salads, woodfire pizzas and our famous Skilpadvlei Burgers. Still have some room left? Round your meal off with something sweet from our popular desert menu. We serve Skilpadvlei wines and a range of other drinks in our restaurant.


Outdoor Experiences