This estate is owned by a branch of the same Rupert family that owns L'Ormarins, and is a partner in Rupert & Rothschild, a vineyard closer to Paarl. There's a lot happening at this farm: do a sustainablity walk through the vineyards and vegetables, which are grown as organically as possible; explore the hiking trail; and take a history tour. And then there's great wine tasting, food-and-wine pairings, and high tea; the Pierneef restaurant on the estate is regularly voted one of the country's top 10. Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg is among South Africa's leading mezzo-sopranos, and the estate also hosts elegant music recitals. The farm also has a wonderful collection of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef's art; view his iconic landscapes in the gallery. But don't get too sidetracked—the wine is excellent as well. The Pierneef Collection is the farm's premium range, and the Shiraz-Viognier blend is being snapped up for its whiffs of dark chocolate, smoked beef, black cherry, and blackberry. The estate's organically grown Sauvignon Blanc is also outstanding.
R45 (Huguenot Rd.), Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa