Visiting Rustenberg is always a treat. One of the most beautiful wineries in the Cape and just 10 minutes from the centre of Stellenbosch on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains, it takes as long to drive up the beautiful 2.5km drive as it does to drive from the town centre to the entrance gate! Rustenberg’s tasting room is a cathedral of calm with visitors enjoying the fantastic range of wines – by contrast the winery is a hive of activity with the vintage in full flow.

The impressive wine range starts off with a refreshing Sauvignon and an unusual Roussanne, followed by the highly-rated and -awarded Chardonnays. The top Chardonnay – Five Soldiers – is named after a group of five stone pines growing in a dominant position in the middle of the vineyards. The reds are gently introduced with a dry Petit Verdot Rosé and a deliciously bright Grenache. The more serious wines follow, culminating with the world class Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon. To round off the tasting, try the new fragrant Red Muscadel which has delicious hints of Turkish delight.

p.s If you are visiting – do take time to visit the lovely gardens and walk the meditative labyrinth.