What a great spot in Elgin – South Africa’s coolest climate wine region – just an hour’s drive from Cape Town. South Hill is my 114th winery visit out of 800 and has it all from wine tasting, a restaurant, art expo, accommodation and even a very unique Vineyard Maze! It’s the perfect place for larger groups and can even be great for the kids too. Expect to spend the entire day here…because you will! 😉
I met up with Kevin King, once a business tycoon in the hotel industry, and now a proud wine farm owner. It’s truly inspiring to learn of peoples’ journeys and how they end up owning the best places in South Africa – life goals! It’s not always an easy journey, but perserverence and determination pays off!
The wine tasting room doubles up as a restaurant and art gallery. I love how you can sit inside or outsite and enjoy a wine tasting at the table before munching on some amazing platters and tapas. And just look at this divine fireplace!
Taste 5 wines for R50, 3 x Kevin King wines for R45 or choose 5 wines from both ranges for R95. As this is a cool climate region, I would highly recommend sipping on the white wines here on a hot summer’s day – especially the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. If you’re not a fan of white wines, fear not, there are red wines and even a Rosé too.
After your wine tasting, be sure to take a walk through the very unique vineyard maze. Expand your knowledge on the estate and also have fun with the kids. The maze is a lot harder than it looks after a few glasses of wine haha.
I absolutely love wine farms that have restaurants! After a good wine tasting, there is nothing better to satisfy the soul. South Hill have quite a wide range of cheese and meat platters, fresh bread and specials of the day. I opted for a deconstructed pie – yum! The platters are around R140 and you can choose from an array of tapas for R65. They also do rib-eye burgers for R115.
Bonus – they have the most amazing coffee and coffee art! Plus, the staff are really friendly.
If you’re lucky enough to get a reservation, South Hill has a large family home to rent for periods at a time and a smaller romantic getaway called The Pump House which is beautifully situated right on the lake. This venue is perfect for weddings.
I had a super great time at South Hill experiencing their beautiful location in the cool climate region of Elgin.
113 Elgin Valley Road
+27 21 844 0888