A gentle sea breeze stirs the vines, coloured green, yellow and burnt orange, as we stroll through the vineyards to a comfortable patio laden with tasting glasses and tapas. The afternoon sun slants golden across the wine estate, time to sit back and relax – we’re in the Plett Winelands.
Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the winelands of Plettenberg Bay, not too hot and not too cold; beautiful sunny days and so many wines to taste! Take a Plett Wine Tour, a mountain bike ride or a carriage ride through the winelands as you explore a region that is best known for its bubbly, ocean views and incredible restaurants. The first vines of this Wine of Origin region were first planted by Bramon Wine Estate in 2001, and the area has grown into a popular wine region with a climate that is conducive to cooler-climate wines such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir varieties. Incredibly, all wine farms open to the public are within a 45km radius, making it a very nice weekend trip to Plett.
Why not try the following wine estates:
Bramon is Plett’s oldest wine estate, founded in 2000, this Grand Dame of the Plett Winelands deserves a visit to sample their wide selection of wines including the first MCC Sauvignon Blanc bubbly, red and still whites. The restaurant is one of the finest in the region, situated amongst the vines.
One of the newest kids on the block, Kay and Monty’s iconic barn-style restaurant serves up moreish snacks paired with their popular dry bubbly overlooking a dam and fields with horses grazing. The furthest down the Redford Road route, Kay and Monty is a wonderful place to end the day.
Redford Lane Wines is a charming, country estate along the popular Redford Road route. Best known for their still Sauvignon Blanc, Redford Lane has recently bottled and released their first MCC bubbly.
Packwood is both wine estate and dairy farm, located in the region of Harkerville between Plett and Knysna. Sample their award-winning Gent bubbly and homemade cheeses with views across the vineyards to the ocean.
If you’d like to learn more about wines and the Plett Winelands while sipping your way through the region, we recommend taking a Plett Wine Tour bus.