A long avenue of pines leads to this lovely estate, which traces its origins to 1692. The magnificent 1814 Cape Dutch manor house looks out across formal rose gardens to the Stellenbosch Valley and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. There's even a large play area, complete with jungle gyms, for kids. The Gewürztraminer is an off-dry, very elegant wine with rose-petal and spice aromas, and the Maria Noble Late Harvest (named after the feisty woman who built the manor house,
now the restaurant) is one of the best of its kind, having scooped up almost every local award since 1990. The farm's Owl Post Pinotage is a single-vineyard wine matured in Hungarian oak, which makes it a funkier take on an old South African favorite. Look out for mocha, chocolate, and licorice flavors. Try the food-and-wine parings, which include five bite-size tastes of food paired with the estate wines. On Wednesday evenings in summer enjoy live music, food, and wine as the sun sets.
Neethlingshof Estate, 7599 Polkadraai Rd., (M12), Stellenbosch, 7604, South Africa