Top 5 places to enjoy a Merlot in the Western Cape

Merlot grapes are grown in many regions around the world, but the Western Cape is home to several renowned merlot-producing wine farms. Some of the most popular include Groot Constantia, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, and more. These farms produce complex, full-bodied merlots that are perfect for pairing with hearty meals or sipping on their own. On November 7th, wine lovers around the world celebrated International Merlot Day, raising a glass to this beloved varietal and we’re sure, continuing celebrations for the entire month of November.

We’ll share a few favourite estates as well as what more these magnificent properties have to offer so that you can make the most of your time spent enjoying their award-winning wines.


One of our favourite wine farms, Groot Constantia is a beautiful estate located in the Constantia Valley of Cape Town. It is one of the oldest wine estates in the country, dating back to the late 17th century. The estate offers a unique experience with a variety of activities for visitors, from wine tastings in one of three tasting rooms, cellar tours to picnics, chocolate and wine pairings, the grand Manor House Museum, which houses displays portraying early years on the estate, and fine dining experiences. Groot Constantia is also home to ART @ CONSTANTIA - a permanent exhibition in the tasting and sales hall on the estate and is also featured at the modern day cellar and tasting room. Here one can discover beautiful art produced by local artists in South Africa. One of the many highlights of the estate is their merlot wine, which has gained a reputation for its rich, full-bodied flavour and smooth finish. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just looking for a relaxing day out in the countryside, Groot Constantia is definitely worth a visit.


The view at Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards is as breathtaking as the wines offered at this winery, which you’ll find located in the Stellenbosch wine region. While taking in the panoramic views over False Bay and the Helderberg Mountains, you can enjoy wine tastings and light food in their tasting room. In addition to these activities, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards is renowned for their award-winning Mira Merlot – a flavourful wine. This vineyard is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a beautiful location to relax and unwind.


Lomond Wine Estate is a breathtakingly beautiful vineyard situated in the Cape Agulhas region and in the heart of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. The estate features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, which serve as the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day of wine tasting. The vineyard is known for producing a range of high-quality wines, including an elegant, full-bodied Merlot. Visit the estate and take some time to enjoy their Tasting Room @ Lomond, which overlooks the picturesque Lomond Dam and provides guests with unparalleled views of the farm, vineyards and valley. Delicious food platters are available to enjoy with your wine tasting and impeccable service.


Lanzerac Wine Estate is a luxurious destination located in the heart of Stellenbosch. This estate boasts a rich history dating back to 1692 and has since become a renowned producer of award-winning wines. One of their most notable wines is the Merlot, which has received numerous accolades for its exceptional quality. While experiencing their superb wines, one can also enjoy a variety of activities, such as wine pairings, cellar tours, and spa treatments. The estate also features several top quality restaurants and a charming hotel, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing and an indulgent getaway.


A true gem situated in the heart of South Africa's wine country, Franschhoek. With their renowned Merlot wines, they offer guests a chance to experience the perfect blend of fruity and spicy notes in every sip. But the estate is much more than just a wine tasting destination - the Estate houses two tasting rooms, four state-of-the-art cellars, a lovingly tended rose garden, vineyards, the Franschhoek Motor Museum and the Drakenstein Stud Farm. With its picturesque setting, world-class wines, and endless activities, Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate is the ultimate destination for wine lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Blog by Letishia Charles