When most people visit the southern tip of Africa, in the Struisbaai and L’Agulhas region, they have the vision of getting their pic snapped on the little monument that marks the point where the two oceans meet. Not us. Having done that as a kid and subsequently over many visits, we opted to go have our pics taken somewhere different – at Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost wine farm, of course.
Heading out of Struisbaai en route to Bredasdorp we hung a left in the direction of Elim, which threw us slap-bang in the middle of an enjoyable dirt road ride. We were in an SUV but the road is in really good nick and most cars should be able to handle it with ease as they cruise along between the cattle farms and sporadic canola fields. As you make your way on to the tar again, look for the sign to Die Dam and hang a left there for another short stint of dirt. Even if you are not a fan of dusty roads, it will still be worth it in the end.
Ambling along you will soon come across the massive signboard outside the farm… A neat little parking area sprawls out onto the immaculate Strandveld lawns. To your right, you will find the tasting rooms.
On our visit there was a huge group in the main tasting room (they were starting off a bachelor party with a touch of the classy) so after being welcomed we chose to take a seat outside in the sun as it was beating down warmly on this fine Southern Cape spring afternoon.
Let me say this: Strandveld makes the most delectable wines. We are really spoilt when it comes to wine farms in the Western Cape and I have had the good fortune of sampling many of their wares but I don’t usually lean towards white variants unless there is something special about them, especially a sauvignon blanc. It was to my surprise that I enjoyed many of their offerings and it was suggested (possible marketing ploy haha) that the climate makes for a far less acidic white variant here.
It’s their reds, however, that are really to die for and they cater for many palette spectrums on this front. My favourite wine on offer was the Navigator, a smooth, blackberry-toned delight. We also walked away with a bottle of First Sighting Shiraz, which was next on our favourites list.
You’ll get to try 9 wines with your tasting, 4 from the First Sighting variants and 5 of the Strandveld offerings. We were lucky that the tasting room opened a bottle of the Suikerbekkie Late Harvest, so they added that to our tasting gratis. R40 per tasting, but free if you grab a bottle, so it makes sense to do so…
Spend some time in the garden, soaking up the sun, grab a glass of your favourite vintage and enjoy the southern cape breeze as you take it all in that you are the southernmost wine taster at that very point in time, rather than queuing for a photo at the point…