January 17, 2024

Simonsvlei: An Invitation to the World of Wines Where Tradition Meets Innovation


Welcome to Simonsvlei, a picturesque wine estate nestled in the heart of the Cape Winelands, where tradition seamlessly blends with innovation. Here, the experience goes beyond just tasting; it’s about immersing yourself in a variety of activities, from savouring the rich flavours of wines to exploring gourmet culinary options and discovering the craft of beer brewing.
Founded in 1945 by a group of visionary wine farmers, the estate represents a fusion of the enduring winemaking traditions and today, stands as a symbol of quality, innovation, and affordability, offering a range of wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Paarl region.


The winemaking journey at Simonsvlei is a celebration of the past and present. Visitors can witness the harmonious blend of traditional methods and modern technologies, resulting in wines that capture the essence and character of their terroir. The estate’s winemakers have dedicated themselves to the art of wine, ensuring each bottle is an embodiment of their commitment and passion.
With an impressive and expansive range of wines, Simonsvlei caters to a spectrum of tastes and preferences. The selection includes everything from crisp, refreshing whites to rich, robust reds, appealing to both dry and sweet palates. At the heart of its wine offerings is a diverse array of grape cultivars, each carefully cultivated to bring out the best in flavour and character. This range features classic varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Pinotage, with each grape variety contributing to a wide-ranging selection of wines. The winery also takes pride in its luxurious Cap Classique and a variety of effervescent sparklers, along with a collection of masterfully distilled brandies.


Exploring the Tasting Room

The Simonsvlei tasting room serves as a gateway to an extraordinary world of wines, offering more than just sampling; it’s an educational and sensory exploration where each wine tells its own unique story.

Visitors are offered the choice to elevate their experience with six unique wine pairing options, each carefully crafted to showcase the versatility and depth of the wines.
The wine pairings such as Scrumptious Savoury, Notable Nougat, Perfect Confectionary, Structured Rosé, Ice Cream and Sorbet, and Tangible Truffles, offer unique experiences, each thoughtfully designed to enhance the distinct characteristics of the wines.

Alongside these, the platter offerings, including the artisanal cheese and charcuterie platter, are carefully selected to complement the wines, creating a harmonious interplay of flavours.
Recognizing that wine tasting is often a family affair, Simonsvlei also offers special grape juice pairings for children, with delightful options like the Kiddie Frozen Delight and Kiddie Sweet and Salty, ensuring an inclusive experience for all ages.

Sparkling Wines and MCCs

SimonsvleiAlongside its traditional and contemporary offerings, Simonsvlei continually looks ahead to new ventures and innovations in winemaking. As the estate directs its attention to the future, the year 2024 marks a special milestone with an exciting focus.

Simonsvlei is set to place a special emphasis on its sparkling wines and Methode Cap Classique (MCC) offerings. These sparkling selections are poised to tantalize wine enthusiasts with their crisp and complex flavours. The Methode Cap Classique, in particular, is a standout, delighting the palate with its lively effervescence. This sparkling wine beautifully unveils a harmonious blend of fruit and floral tones, creating a fragrant and invigorating introduction to Simonsvlei’s commitment to excellence in sparkling wine.

The Lifestyle Pinotage Rose is a key player in Simonsvlei’s Lifestyle Range, catering to those who appreciate easy-drinking wines. This range is characterized by its unoaked nature, featuring wines with reduced tannins, subtly sweeter profiles, and lower alcohol content. The Lifestyle Pinotage Rose stands out for its approachable flavour and versatility, making it a perfect choice for a wide range of occasions and palates.

Simonsvlei proudly introduces its latest creations: the Semi-Sparkling wines, which are carefully crafted to strike a balance between the sophistication of traditional sparkling wines and the easy-drinking nature of still wines.

A Culinary Oasis: ONS Restaurant

Indulging in the culinary delights at ONS Restaurant is an essential part of the experience at this picturesque wine estate. Nestled within its charming setting, the restaurant is a place where exceptional dishes, heartfelt hospitality, and unforgettable moments come together. The menu showcases the culinary prowess of the region, transforming fresh, locally-sourced ingredients into dishes that delight the senses. Whether pairing your meal with exquisite wines or exploring a carefully curated beer selection, your taste buds are in for a memorable treat.

Simonsvlei Beer Tasting at Karoo Craft Breweries

For those with a penchant for beer, Simonsvlei has a special treat in store. Embark on a beer tasting journey at Karoo Craft Breweries, an experience that will enhance your understanding of the art of beer crafting. Sample a range of artisanal beers that showcase the creativity and skill of local brewers. After your beer tasting adventure, Bennie’s Bistro is where you can savour a delightful bite to eat. The menu is designed to complement the diverse flavours of the beers you’ve just explored, making it the perfect conclusion to your beer-centric escapade.

In conclusion, Simonsvlei offers a unique blend of great wines, delicious food, and memorable moments, making every visit a truly special experience. Here, every sip and every scene tell its own story, inviting you to create lasting memories.

For more information contact
+27 (0)21 862 3040
[email protected] or
visit www.simonsvlei.com