If you’re a wine lover and you only have a few days to enjoy the best of what Cape Town has to offer, you might not be able to travel as far as the winelands to taste some of SA’s finest wines. Well, if that’s the case - we have good news!
The Mother City boasts some of the finest wine bars and wine boutiques in the country, all conveniently situated in the city-bowl and surrounds. And most of them only a stone’s throw away from Cloud 9 Hotel.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Publik Wine Bar
This unique and intimate wine bar - which has grown to also include a popular online shop - is dedicated to finding and sharing wines from sustainably farmed vineyards and made with minimal intervention in the cellar.
Its bold, contemporary meets urban-styled interior sets the tone for a serious wine tasting experience, alongside a bustling crowd of dedicated wine enthusiasts.
Its comprehensive wine list (both by the glass and by the bottle) will impress most, and intrigue many, as it includes labels you won’t find anywhere else.
Find them at: 81 Church Street, Cape Town CBD.
Cellar in the City
The new and trendy Cellar in the City has successfully recreated the same sensorial experience of wine tasting at a wine estate, with the convenience of being located at the V & A Waterfront.
Offering you access to wine from only the finest wine estates within the Western Cape, their exclusive listings from 43 varietals are perfectly paired with local food tasting combinations. A wine and food experience like you won’t find anywhere else in the city, this is a stop worth making!
Find them at: Shop, The Watershed, 17 Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar
Not a wine bar, but rather a store with regular wine tastings on offer, Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar will keep most wine lovers enthralled for hours. It’s perfect if you’re from abroad and looking for a proudly South African gift to take back to loved ones, or if you’re looking for a wine to complement your mountain-top picnic.
Their selection includes allocations of all the top small-vineyard wines, made by South Africa’s most iconic winemakers. It also offers the largest range of European wines any retail store in South Africa.
More good news for travellers from afar is that they can pack your wine in special boxes with polystyrene inners – available in 2s, 3s and 6s.
If you’d prefer not to travel with your wine, you’ll be happy to know that they deliver all over South Africa, as well as the world.
You’ll find them at: 62 Strand St, Cape Town CBD.
Bascule Whisky and Wine Bar
On the water's edge of the international yacht marina on Cape Town's Waterfront, Bascule Bar is the perfect setting to take in the sights and sounds of the busy Waterfront surrounds. They have over 500 whiskies from around the world, and an equally impressive selection of the finest Cape wines on offer.
Whilst Bascule Bar is a lively spot to enjoy a cappuccino or light lunch by day, it is transformed into a glamorous whisky, wine and cocktail bar by night. You’ll find connoisseurs and social butterflies gathered in equal measure to enjoy a slice of Cape Town's social life.
Find them at: Cape Grace Hotel, W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront.
With this list of top wine bars and stores in the City, you have no excuse not to taste and enjoy the Cape Winelands’ best vino during your next trip to Cape Town. And don’t forget to enjoy and evening or two at our very own Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa roof top bar, where we have a selection of fine wines from different wine estates on offer.