My TOP wine estates

It is getting increasingly difficult to rate each farm. Please bare in mind that these ratings are based on my experience, palate and lifestyle preference. I do not use a special rating system. It is simply based on where I would rather visit. This is what I look for:

 A good selection of red, white and MCC.
Eye candy. Good views and decor – the outdoors, sunshine, art etc
Learning something unique to that farm. History, art, entertainment.
Service is key. Having fair, friendly, quick and consistently good service is a top priority for me. Especially if the staff know their history, wines and more info on the farm.
Food. I love food.  I must see the value I am getting for the money I paid.

Durbanville

RANK FARM OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
1 DE GRENDEL 88% 72% 97% 86% 97%
2 NITIDA 78% 87% 60% 85% 79%
3 DURBANVILLE HILLS 77% 90% 40% 87% 91%
4 BLOEMENDAL 75% 80% 70% 77% 71%
5 KLEIN ROOSBOOM 72% 87% 34% 84% 82%
6 DIEMERSDAL 69% 64% 42% 91% 78%
7 MEERENDAL 66% 61% 59% 80% 65%

Stellenbosch

RANK FARM OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
1 WARWICK 92% 94% 90% 89% 95%
2 HIDDEN VALLEY 91% 95% 95% 80% 95%
3 GLENELLY 91% 95% 95% 90% 85%
4 DELAIRE GRAFF 89% 75% 95% 89% 96%
5 CAVALLI 89% 79% 96% 90% 90%
6 JORDAN WINES 89% 81% 92% 85% 96%
7 HARTENBERG 84% 86% 95% 81% 75%
8 L’AVENIR 84% 80% 95% 80% 82%
9 BLAAUWKLIPPEN 84% 75% 86% 79% 96%
10 J.C. LE ROUX 83% 77% 96% 82% 76%

Paarl

RANKING FARM OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
1 RHEBOKSKLOOF 62% 83% 67% 28% 68%

 

Bot River

RANK FARM OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
1 BEAUMONT 76% 93% 85% 65% 62%
2 WILDEKRANS 75% 62% 72% 80% 85%
3 LUDDITE 60% 77% 55% 43% 66%

Franschhoek

RANK FARM OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
3 BABYLONSTOREN 85% 81% 79% 85% 96%
5 BOSCHENDAL 80% 75% 62% 88% 94%
1 HOLDEN MANZ 78% 78% 80% 71% 83%
6 ALLEE BLEUE 75% 77% 78% 75% 71%
4 PLAISIR DE MERLE 74% 83% 69% 63% 81%
2 HAUTE CABRIERE 74% 76% 54% 79% 85%

Robertson

RANK FARM OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
1 FOUR COUSINS 85% 72% 88% 86% 95%
2 VAN LOVEREN 85% 85% 81% 86% 87%
3 ARENDSIG 83% 85% 95% N/A 70%
4 BON COURAGE 77% 75% 85% 78% 68%
5 VILJOENSDRIFT 73% 66% 68% 79% 78%
6 EXCELSIOR 72% 71% 62% 68% 88%
7 ASHTON KELDER 71% 60% 70% 80% 72%
8 ARABELLA 70% 70% 72% N/A 69%
9 BONNIEVALE 69% 63% 80% 72% 62%

 

Tulbagh

RANK FARM OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
1 MONTPELLIER DE TULBAGH 79% 87% 75% 69% 85%