Western Cape Brandy Route

The Western Cape Brandy Route is a recent innovation of the SA Brandy Foundation where one gets to taste fine local brandies and find out more about the process by which brandy is made.

Many of these brandies are still made in traditional ways using age-old traditions.

The cellars all fall within existing Wine Routes in and around the towns of Wellington, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Grabouw.

Along your meander to these cellars you will find fine food, museums, art and a variety of fun activities.

Western Cape Brandy Route on the Wellington Wine Route


A limited edition of natural double distilled single cultivar Chenin Blanc Potstill Brandy meticulously refined in an 1849 antique copper alembic potstill. De Compagnie Premium Potstill Brandy, 5 Year Premium and De Compagnie Vintage Ten Year single vintage both boast Michelangelo International Awards.

Visiting times:
By appointment only.

De Compagnie Brandy, Western Cape Brandy Route

Contact details:

Tel: 021 864 1241
E-mail: mail@decompagnie.co.za


Cellar at Oude Wellington Estate, Western Cape Brandy Route

Silently the angels take their share whilst our amber golden brandy ripens and matures in French oak barrels. In a timeless process, our Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche and Chardonnay grapes magically turn into brandy. The double and triple distilled spirit of the grape concentrates its flavours in our traditional copper Cape potstill.

Visiting times:
Monday-Saturday 9:30 to 17:30 or by appointment

Cellar tours by appointment only

Contact details:

Tel: 021 873 2262
E-mail: info@kapwein.com


Upland Brandy, Western Cape Brandy Route

Upland Estate is a certified organic farm near Wellington. Distilled from organic Chenin Blanc and Riesling grapes, the 100% potstill brandy is matured for 10 years in small French oak barrels.

Visiting times:
By appointment only.

Contact details:

Tel: 082 731 4774
E-mail: info@organicwine.co.za


Savingnac is handcrafted in small batches at Jorgensen's Distillery in Wellington. Each brandy is matured for 12 or more years in small French casks to create the ultimate expression of all that the noble grape can become.

Visiting times:
By appointment only

Contact details:

Tel: 021 864 1777
E-mail: roger@jd7.com

Western Cape Brandy Route on the Paarl Wine Route


Backsberg is home to Sydney Back Estate Brandies. These brandies are made by using wine pressed exclusively from Chenin Blanc grapes, and distilled in a state-of-the-art still imported from the Cognac region in France. The Sydney Back Range consists of a 5/6 year old blend and a limited amount of 10 year old as well as a 15 year old exclusive reserve brandy.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00
Saturday 09:30-16:30
Sunday 10:30-16:30

Contact details:

Tel: 021 875 5141
E-mail: info@backsberg.co.za

Backsberg Cellars, Western Cape Brandy Route


This famous estate, situated in the shadow of the majestic Paarl Rock, launched its first brandy - Laborie Estate Alambic Brandy

Visiting times:
Monday-Saturday 09:00-17:00
Sunday 11:00-15:00

Contact details:

Tel: 021 807 3390
E-mail: info@laboriewines.co.za

Laborie Estate Brandy, Western Cape Brandy Route


Nederburg offers a specialty, gourmet brandy as part of their impressive range. A pure potstilled brandy produced in the age-old Cognac custom using copper potstills, it revives a tradition begun by Nederburg's founder Philippus Wolvaart in the early 1800's.

Nederburg Solera Potstilled Brandy, a blend of double-distilled, matured brandies, some as old as 12 years, is aged in traditional sherry casks to impart enticing vanilla spice flavours.

A Spanish solera system is used in the ageing process to produce a smooth and polished texture.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00
Saturday 10:00-14:00

Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00
Saturday 10:00-16:00
Sunday 11:00-16:00

Cellar Tours:
Monday-Friday at 10:30 and 15:00
Saturdays at 11:00
Sundays (Nov-Mar) at 11:00

Contact details:

Tel: 021 862 3104
E-mail: nedwines@distell.co.za

Nederburg Brandy Tasting, Western Cape Brandy Route
A 1972 brandy distillery in the museum at Nederburg , Western Cape Brandy Route

Western Cape Brandy Route on the Franschhoek Wine Route


The only Franschhoek member, Haute Cabrière is known for its Pierre Jourdan Cap Classiques, yet they are the reason why the Fine de Jourdan is so fine.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday & Public Holidays 10:00-16:00
Sunday 11:00-16:00

Contact details:

Tel: 021 876 8500
E-mail: marketing@cabriere.co.za

Haute Cabriere, Western Cape Brandy Route

Western Cape Brandy Route on the Stellenbosch Wine Route


Kaapzicht Estate is situated in the Stellenbosch region against the Bottelary Hills, in view of Cape Town and Table Mountain. The terroir, together with the cool breezes, combine to produce full-bodied, fruity wines, brandy and grappa with great structure and length

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 09:00-16:00
Saturday & Public Holidays 09:00-12:00
(except religious)

Cellar tours by appointment only.

Contact details:

Tel: 021 906 1620
E-mail: melina@kaapzicht.co.za

Kaapzicht Brandy, , Western Cape Brandy Route


Louiesenhof is situated on the Koelenhof Road (R304), 4km outside Stellenbosch towards the N1.

Marbonne Potstill Brandy is an alembic-distilled 16 year old blend of Limousin barrel-aged brandies. It was distilled in an antique kettle built in 1930 in Stuttgart. Louiesenhof Marbonne Brandy - truly a connoisseur's delight.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday & Sunday 10:00-17:00

Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday 10:00-15:00
Closed on Sundays

Contact details:

Tel: 021 865 2632
E-mail: info@louisenhof.co.za


The modern Tokara winery is located at the top of the Helshoogte Pass (R310), 5km from Stellenbosch on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg.

Tokara 5 Year Old Potstill Brandy has been produced according to a traditional method in a Prulho alembic still, and matured in French oak vats.

The annual production is very limited and each bottle is presented in an exquisite gift box.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday & Sunday 10:00-15:00
Closed on New Year's Day, Good Friday & Christmas Day

Contact details:

Tel: 021 808 5900
E-mail: wine@tokara.com

Tokara Estate, Western Cape Brandy Route


Uitkyk Brandy Cellar, situated on the R44 towards Paarl from Stellenbosch, produces one of South Africa's finest 10 year old estate potstill brandies.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 10:00-16:00

Contact details:

Tel: 021 884 4416
E-mail: info@uitkyk.co.za

Western Cape Brandy Route


Van Ryn Brandy, Western Cape Brandy Route

The Van Ryn's Distillery is housed in a beautifully preserved château-like complex on the banks of the Eerste River.

Just 35 minutes drive from Cape Town, visitors can learn here about the origins of Van Ryn's dating back to 1845. See the burnished copper potstills and watch skilled craftsmen at work at the one distillery in the country with an on-site cooperage.

Find out how they potstill our brandies, mature and blend them.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00
Saturday 09:00-14:00
Sunday (October-April) 11:00-16:00

Cellar tours:

Monday-Friday 10:00, 11:30, 15:00
Saturday 10:00, 11:30 & 13:00
15 Dec-15 Jan 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00

Contact details:

Tel: 021 881 3875

Van Ryn Brandy Distiller, Western Cape Brandy Route

Western Cape Brandy Route on the Grabouw Wine Route


Situated in the heart of the fast emerging and prestigious Elgin Wine Region, René Santhagen's Oude Molen Distillery is a fine tribute to the man, commonly known as the 'Father of South African Brandy' and home to the Oude Molen Brandy range.

The Oude Molen Distillery offers a tour which includes an audio visual presentation that captures the rich heritage of Oude Molen brandies.

Visiting times:
Monday-Friday 08:30-17:00

Cellar tours:
Monday-Friday 10:30 & 15:00 or by appointment.
Friday-Saturday Cellar tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more.

Contact details:

Tel: 021 859 2517
E-mail: sc@oudemolen.co.za

Oude Molen Distillery, Western Cape Brandy Route

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