Top 10 - Wine in South Africa

in Vino Veritas - in wine there’s truth. South Africa has been source of good wine for centuries thanks to the trade routes of the Dutch East India Company. Due to its Mediterranean climate, South Africa is one of the major producers of wines in the world. If you happen to find yourself doing a tasting tour of the country or simply want to enjoy a stellar glass of wine on a night out, check out these top restaurants for the best wine in South Africa.

1. Savoy Cabbage

As one of the oldest restaurants in Cape Town, Savoy Cabbage has maintained the utmost in care and quality over the years. With top-class food and top-class wine to match, Savoy Cabbage is one of the best in the country. 

2. Big Easy

Named after pro-golfer Ernie Els, this restaurant also boasts its own shop where you can take home the first-rate wines you try with your meal. Nestled among the quirky architecture of Stellenbosch, the Big Easy is located in a uniquely constructed building with more than just the food and wine to discover.  Sit outside among the trees with a chilled glass of white or in one of the diverse rooms indoors with a hearty red. Either way it’ll be easy to enjoy all the Big Easy has to offer.

3. Societi Bistro 

If you’re looking for a home away from home, look no further. Societi Bistro is the place to make memories over one, or even several, glasses of wine. Their menu is adapted seasonally with complementing wines to match. Whether lunchtime sandwiches or evening canapes, a glass of wine at Societi Bistro will make you feel right at home. 

4. Beluga

With their impressive wine list of the best, and rarest, vintages in the region, Beluga also boasts an excellent menu and ambience. Reserve if you can since Beluga is popular with locals and tourists alike. Grab a friend, a drink, and have a great night at Beluga.

5. Den Anker

This Belgian restaurant has a great selection of Belgian beers but also South African wines. Located on the V&A Waterfront, bask in the sun with a crisp glass of Chardonnay and watch the yachts passing by.

6. 95 Keroom

95 Keerom dates back to the late 1600s when the building was used to house the stables of the Company Gardens. Now it houses one of the best Italian restaurants in the area. From floral bouquets to nutty aromas, 95 Keerom has a wine for every occasion.

7. Wijnhuis

To keep their wine list up-to-date, Wijnhuis changes their ‘by the glass’ menu every two months.  Come for a tasting and stay for a meal, since this house was made for enjoying the best South Africa has to offer.  

8. Il Leone

Boasting an impressive walk-in wine cellar, Il Leone’s informative staff will help you pick the perfect wine for your dinner. With generous portions and a friendly yet sophisticated atmosphere, Il Leone is perfect for business or pleasure, lunch or dinner, or even just a drink on the way home.

9. Apprentice

This restaurant, affiliated with the Institute of Culinary Arts, serves up some of the best food and wine from the region. Staffed entirely with students from the school, the menu here is anything but amature. Whether red or white, Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir, Apprentice is one of the best deals you'll find while touring this famous wine region in South Africa.

10. Rick's Cafe Americain 

Reminiscent of Casablanca, Rick’s Cafe has been at the top of critic’s lists for years. With their incredibly extensive wine list and Moroccan decor, Rick’s has something for everyone. Whether a cocktail by the fireplace, a meal in their dining room or a glass of wine with dessert, Rick’s will provide you with exactly what you crave.  Here’s lookin' at you kid!

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