Positioned along the Helshoogte Pass at the base of the Simonsberg Mountains, Tokara Wine Estate has secured its spot as one of my all-time favorite destinations in the Cape Winelands. Originally a family home, the farm, purchased in 1994 by GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira, earned its name from a blend of their children’s names, Thomas and Kara. Over time, what started as a humble abode evolved into an award-winning wine production and olive oil estate.
Tokara is a favorite in the region, known for its classy tasting room, great restaurant, excellent wine, breathtaking views, interesting art and sculptures, and a delightful delicatessen.
A scenic welcome to Tokara
At Tokara, the views are really spectacular, even from the moment you drive up to the estate.
In front of Tokara’s Tasting room there is a small vineyard block of the grape varieties cultivated on the farm, including merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, semillon, and chardonnay.
There’s a beautiful piece of nature-inspired artwork at the entrance, too.
Wine Tasting at Tokara
At Tokara, they specialize in two of the finest grape varieties globally: Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. These are represented in their three distinct ranges — the Tokara Premium Collection (a blend from diverse sites), the Tokara Reserve Collection (harvested from a single vineyard), and the Tokara Directors Reserve (utilizing the utmost and most expressive parcels to craft iconic blends that characterize their flagship wines).
The architecturally designed tasting room strikes a perfect balance between elegance and intimacy, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The views over the lawns and vineyards from this spot are really pretty.
The wine at Tokara is excellent and there are tastings for every budget, from flagship to premium. If you like, they also offer an XO Potstill Brandy and an olive tasting. They also serve great cheese platters, so you can have a nibble while you taste.
If you’re looking for a heartier meal, though, consider booking a table at Tokara Restaurant. Chef Carolize Coetzee serves up delicious modern dishes inspired by the local countryside and farm-fresh ingredients. Paired with award-winning wines and stunning views of Stellenbosch and False Bay, it’s a real treat!
A trail through the Vineyards
Once you’re done trying out wines, take a stroll around. Walk up the gentle hill for lovely views of the estate. Follow a loop for about 30 minutes to an hour, and you’ll end up back at the parking lot. The trail also leads to the estate’s Delicatessen, where you can buy scrumptious treats to take away or enjoy in a beautiful setting overlooking vineyards and olive groves.
Along the walk, also keep an eye out for more interesting artwork on the path.
Other activities at Tokara Wine Estate
- Restaurant Events and Hosting: The Tokara restaurant provides an outstanding venue for weddings, corporate events, or intimate gatherings, accommodating up to 110 guests.
- Functions at the Delicatessen: Tokara’s Delicatessen is perfect for hosting events such as cocktail parties, bachelorettes, and birthdays, accommodating up to 60 people.
- Exclusive events: The estate is available for exclusive events such as music production, commercial shoots, and product launches.
How long should you spend at Tokara?
Phew! I would spend all day if I could! In fact, few estates I have visited have left such a good impression on me in such a short time. I highly suggest giving yourself 3-4 hours at least at this beautiful estate to enjoy wine tasting, a walk through the groves and a stop at the Delicatessen.
Tokara is a truly impressive wine estate with great wine, stunning views, and delicious food.
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