Simonsig Wine Estate

Visit this leading wine estate of the Cape Winelands, that produced the very first Methode Cap Classique, inspired by French Champagne. The tour ends with a stating of the 5 leading wines of the estate.


  • Beautiful estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands
  • Simonsig was the first estate to produce a Méthode Cap Classique wine, inspired by French Champagne
  • Detailed tour and explanations by the wine makers
  • Tasting of the five leading Simonsig wines, including the famous Méthode Cap Classique Kaapse Vonkel bubbly


Learn first-hand how Simonsig wines are crafted, from grape to bottle on this insightful and intimate cellar tour. Guided by the Simonsig wine makers, guests are escorted into the cellars where they learn about the harvesting of the grapes and the fermentation process. Details about the stabilisation of white wines and the barrel maturation of reds are also covered. Then, indulge in a guided tasting of five leading estate wines, including the famous Méthode Cap Classique Kaapse Vonkel bubbly.


The Simonsig Wine Estate was founded by Frans Malan in the early 1940s. After many years of learning about the art of winemaking, the Malan family produced the first wine under the Simonsig label in 1968 – a Chenin Blanc that is still the most popular wine in the estate’s range.

City Pass offering

Pass holders receive a free Cellar tour and wine tasting that comprises of five wines varietals. Pass holders also receive a 10% discount on meals at the estate’s Cuvee Restaurant.

Cellar tours Start
Monday 11:00
Tuesday 11:00
Wednesday 11:00
Thursday 11:00
Friday 11:00
Saturday 11:00
Sunday Closed
Tasting Room Open Close
Monday 08:30 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 16:30
Thursday 08:30 16:30
Friday 08:30 16:30
Saturday 08:30 15:30
Sunday 11:00 14:30
Day Open Close
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:30 16:00
Wednesday 11:30 16:00
Thursday 11:30 16:00
Friday 11:30 16:00
Saturday 11:30 16:00
Sunday 11:30 15:00

Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

Phone: +27 (0)21 888 4900

Simonsig Wine Estate

Advice for visitors

You can spend an entire day at Simonsig with all that is on offer. Start with a glass of orange juice and bubbles, by cutting off the top of a sparkling wine bottle with a sword. Once you have mastered that, try some of Simonsig’s famous wines with a comprehensive wine tasting under the tutelage of an expert wine maker. Then relax with your favourite wine while enjoying a tasty meal at the Cuvee Restaurant, where the pork neck and designer burgers are firm favourites. After lunch, enjoy a stroll around the gardens where museum pieces and artefacts are on display.

Did you know

Frans Malan was one of the pioneers of the South African wine industry. He co-founded the Stellenbosch Wine Route, and was the first to produce sparkling wine in South Africa. This wine, called Methode Cap Classique, is made in the style of French champagne.

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