Wine worth travelling for: The bubbly Plett Winelands route that you may not know about

2019-06-20 12:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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The wine route in Plettenberg Bay may not have the history of the Cape Winelands, but it has fast become a white wine and bubbly hotspot.

As one of the smallest wine growing regions in South Africa has over 16 wine farms and vineyards, many of which are family-owned and are boutique wineries, with only ten of them bottling their own wine.

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But this wine route is as much about the experience as it is about tasting great wine - you can follow the journey of the grape either by foot, on a bike and even by horse carriage. You can do this with Hog Hollow Horse Trails, which offers unique wine tasting experience with carriage rides to various wine farms or horseback riding and lunch in the vineyards. 

There's also an annual wine festival around Easter time that brings all the vineyards together to celebrate their burgeoning wine region.

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horse carriage in the vineyards

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Here are a few of our top picks to visit for a day or weekend:

Newstead

Lush greenery and black interiors with eclectic vintage furniture - Newstead is definitely one of the most stylish wine farms in Plettenberg Bay.

In winter crackling fireplaces are perfect for crisp days on the Garden Route, while in summer the tasting is taken almost into the vineyards and orchards around its Bubble Bar.

Best wine: Newstead has some award-winning bubbly, and its new Rosé sparkling wine just dropped - although most of it has already been pre-ordered. 

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wine and sparkling wine in an ice bucket

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Kay and Monty Vineyards

If you love horses, then get yourself to the beautiful boutique wine farm Kay and Monty Vineyards - named after the owner's grandparents.

Besides a stunning expansive tasting room that also doubles as a wedding venue, just outside are grazing horses, many of which are rescues, while others are polo athletes.  

Best wine: The Sauvignon Blanc is their flagship wine - a crisp delight grown from The Crags.

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wine picnic with horse carriage

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Bramon Wine Estate

Peter Thorpe from Bramon Estate was the first to plant grapes in this area about 19 years ago, thus laying the foundations for the Plett Winelands.

Today, it's full-steam ahead to create a Sparkling Wine Route in the area, alongside their Rosé, The Crags Reserve and Nectar.

Best wine: Bramon was the first in South Africa to produce a Sauvignon Blanc MCC, and definitely the one to try on your visit.

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bramon estate sparkling wine with bread

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Lodestone Wine

Surrounded by protea, honeybush and olives, Lodestone is a well-rounded farm nestled at the bottom of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. 

They were the first to produce Semillon in the Plett Winelands, and also produce olive oil from six varieties alongside their wine.

Best wine: For something different, a must-try is their white Bordeaux, blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

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row of wine bottles from lodestone

(Photo: Jared in CPT)

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