Klein Roosboom is a boutique winery with a unique and beautiful wine tasting experience. I was honestly and truly completely amazed by this Estate and everything it offers. From a great restaurant (seriously, the food is fantastic!) to beautiful walks in the vineyards and unique tasting rooms, Klein Roosboom is sure to leave a special mark in your heart after your visit. Plus, the Estate lies only a 20 minute drive from Cape Town’s city center so it’s easy to do as a morning, afternoon or day trip from the city.
Breakfast at Jéan Restaurant
We started our day with a breakfast at Jéan Restaurant. The place is gorgeous and the outdoor seating is right by the vineyards, so you get the most lovely views.
While there were indoor and outdoor seating options at the restaurant, we chose to sit outside because the weather was perfect when we visited. The food was amazing, some of the best I’ve had in a long time. We ordered the eggs benedict with pan-roasted sourdough, streaky smoked bacon, wilted spinach, soft poached eggs, and tarragon hollandaise. We also tried the sunrise quinoa bowl, which was equally delicious with soft poached farm eggs, pan-roasted broccoli, avocado, fresh baby spinach, and citrus yogurt dressing. Everything tasted fresh, tasty, and was beautifully presented.
Vineyard Trails at Klein Roosboom
After a very satisfying breakfast, we decided to check out the walking trails at Klein Roosboom. There are three pet-friendly trails, ranging from 1 to 3km. We went for the 3km red trail, which took us through the vineyard, over a hill, and back to the restaurant. The views from the top of the hill were stunning!
During our walk, we noticed something that looked like a lot of fun! The Party bike is a solar powered electric bike that takes you on a 2 hour wine soaked adventure through the vineyards. Comfortable seats, cup holders and cool beats – what a fun way to enjoy a tasting! The minimum Charge is R2000, though (1 to 8 People), thereafter R250 per person. So, it’s probably best to do this activity with a group of friends to save costs.
With a little bit of time to spare before our wine tasting reservation, we headed back to Klein Roosboom’s entrance. In front of the main tasting area, there is a big, green lawn with benches and shaded spots under trees. You can grab a seat for free and chill. There’s also a small takeaway truck selling beers, wine, and soft drinks. If you want, you can put together your own picnic basket, too. Just purchase some items from the Deli at Jean Restaurant and then enjoy it out on the lawns. Note: Picnic spots don’t require reservation. It’s a first come, first serve deal.
Wine Tasting at Klein Roosboom
The outdoor tasting area is lovely, and they cater for small or large groups.
However, the main reason many people visit Klein Roosboom is for their ‘tasting caves’. The caves are actually old concrete wine tanks that have been opened to make cozy tasting rooms. Each room has its own unique theme and beautiful decor. They’re unique, intimate and add a romantic touch to a wine tasting.
Just a heads up: I highly suggest making advance bookings (you can do it over the phone, through their website or via email). Klein Roosboom is popular, especially on the weekends, and these caves are likely to be reserved quickly if you don’t book in advance! You can choose from 7 individually themed caves..I promise you, though, no matter which room you pick, you will love the careful thought and design of each room.
So here’s the thing: Their tasting rooms are gorgeous, but what’s the wine actually like here? For a small Estate, they have a pretty good variety of wine tastings on offer.
We opted for both a red and a white wine tasting. The red wine was phenomenal! I really loved the deep, complex character of the wine – it definitely left a lasting impression for me personally. When I got home, I searched endlessly for Klein Roosboom in the stores until realizing that I wouldn’t find them there. Luckily, their wines are for sale on their online shop.
If you’re a bit hungry (or, just feel like it, I suppose!), they also offer platters and snacks to enjoy with the wines.
Useful Information before visiting
The Klein Roosboom Tasting Room is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 – 17:00. Please note: Advance bookings are advised, particularly for weekends and public holidays.
You can also visit Klein Roosboom’s website or find Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery for yourself along the M13 (Tygerberg Valley Road), Durbanville Wine Valley, Western Cape, South Africa.