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Most reasonably priced wine and Cap Classique tasting
R40 to taste 6 top Cap Classiques + you can go on a game drive
Villiera Wines is one of Stellenbosch’s wine family institutions – the fourth generation is now involved in the business and the long-term experience has paid off. It produces world-class Cap Classiques (sparkling wine), as well as premium red and white wines, and besides this has a proud track record of sustainable farming practices – it’s a leader in the field.
POP SOME VILLIERA CAP CLASSIQUE
Did you know that this is the 50-year celebration of Cap Classique in South Africa? Cap Classique is specifically a South African term for sparkling wine made in the traditional method. In the 1980s Villiera formed a joint venture with Champagne specialist Frenchman Jean Louis Denois to create some of the best Cap Classique in the country.
The brand has a non-vintage range (there are three types, a brut, a brut rosé, and the Starlight, which is lower in alcohol), a vintage Cap Classique and a reserve Cap Classique. To give you some idea of how good it is, in a blind-tasting Winemag.co.za’s editorial director Christian Eedes wrote that Villiera’s Monro did not come far behind French brands – these Cap Classiques are up there with the world’s best.
DO A WINE TASTING, BUY THE WINE
Villiera’s wine-tasting experience is not only very enjoyable, it’s also reasonable: only R40 per person to taste six wines. The tasting room is a lovely, modern space called the Wine Sanctuary, which extends out onto a terrace area shaded by some old oak trees. It’s lovely to experience the wine tasting there, when the weather permits.
Villiera produces about 40% Cap Classique, and 30% each of red and white wines. The farm has won many awards, and the reserves in particular are worth trying. A standard tasting costs only R40 per person for six wines, while the reserve tasting is extra.
OR TASTE WINE ON A GAME DRIVE
Villiera, in partnership with two neighbours, has created a reserve of 220 hectares. It has plenty of water on it, attracting loads of birdlife, and has been stocked with game such as kudu, springbuck, waterbuck and even giraffe. Plus over 100 000 indigenous trees have been planted on the farm. A game drive takes two hours and also includes a tasting of Villiera wines.
Villiera Wines is open Monday to Saturday, but if you want to drink on Sunday too, see who is open.
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