What a great road trip I had to the small town of Tulbagh, about a two hour’s drive from Cape Town. I started the day with wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries in the area called Theuniskraal, which directly translated means ‘Theunis’ Farm’. Afterward, I ventured into the old town for a walk down the historic street and enjoyed a hearty lunch.
History of the Estate
According to historic records, three families settled in the Tulbagh valley as early as 1699. One of the families had a son named Theunis, who was granted land to the north of the village. His property was originally named Theuniskuyl, but by 1785, when vines were already being cultivated there, the name had changed to Theuniskraal.
This is definitely a wine estate for white wines, with their most awarded being Cape Riesling. Wine tasting is only R10 for 5 wines. The tasting area is quite small and so I would recommend this for groups of no more than 6.
In addition to its popular Cape Riesling, the acclaimed Theuniskraal range further includes the Theuniskraal Sémillon/Chardonnay, an unwooded blend of Sémillon and Chardonnay; the Theuniskraal Bouquet Blanc, a sweet white blend of Gewürztraminer and Muscat de Frontignan; the Theuniskraal Rosé, a semi-sweet rosé made of Shiraz, Muscat Ottonel and Colombar, and the Theuniskraal Prestige, a dry red blend of Ruby Cabernet, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Situated more than 2 000m above sea level, they are regularly snow-clad in winter, giving the vines the opportunity to go into proper dormancy, essential for late-budding varietals such as Cape Riesling, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Intense cold leads to more even budding in spring, which has a beneficial impact on the quality of the grapes.
The most significant varietals are Cape Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tasting & Sales Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:30–17:00 | Saturday: 9:00–14:00 | Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays
+27 (0)23 230 0688