Bottled at Backsberg

Backsberg Estate is situated in the heart of wine country. Three major wine areas (Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek) surround Backsberg as if their rich soil veins pump right under the estate creating the many well known labels that appear in many stores, home cellars and wine cabinets. Backsberg was originally started by the current owners grandfather and was mainly used for live stock and the farming of fruits, vegetables and grains before the addition of grapes. Wine production began around 1920 and its safe to say it was definitely the right direction. Today Backsberg stands tall boasting an incredibly huge variety of wine labels and rich history. Lets explore…



Visiting in Autumn really show cased the estate’s beauty. The rich earthly colours of the environment and newly renovated restaurant really adds to the history of the estate. Many wine farms have knocked out the history thinking that modern is somehow better, however Backsberg have restore their rich history in a remarkable way.

Walking into the tasting room you I was in ore of the amount of wine labels that the estate produces. The walls are hugged by many different bottles, some young wines and some vintage labels. Wine Tastings are offered daily for an incredibly affordable R15.00 per person. Click the link to preview the other wine tasting options:

Tasting Room:

Monday – Friday: 08h30 – 17h00

Saturday: 09h30 – 16h30

Sunday: 10h30 – 16h30

I was treated to a wine tasting by the Tasting Room Manger; Danwin James who was incredibly informative and passionate about each and every label that the farm produces. We tasted a few of the well known stars on the tasting menu. I do recommend the following, here are my tasting notes:

Wine Tasting Notes:


Backsberg 2014 Brut

An incredibly fine bubbly MCC. Light and Crisp.

Backsberg Family Reserve 2009 (white blend)

A delicious fresh blend that is an exceptional pairing with many dishes.

Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014

I am not a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, but this was refreshingly refined.

Backsberg Family Reserve 2014 (red blend)

A complex red wine with layers of flavours.




Im not sure if it is the huge selection of wine to choose from and enjoy or if it is the sense of exclusivity when being able to taste and enjoy wines dating back till 2005 and earlier but it all creates a sense of perfectly thought through marketing to make you feel valued at the Backsberg Estate. It would be pretty impossible to not find a wine that would suit your palate, food choices or become a staple in your wine cabinet, however Backsberg makes sure that their wines are both affordable and readily available.

They are also at the forefront of carbon neutral wines, kosher wines and multiple social and environmental plans for sustainability. It makes drinking and enjoying the wine almost completely guilt free.




After the cellar tour and experiencing the rich history of Backsberg, it was the perfect moment when I stumbled on this wine passage. A sort of ode to the farms humble beginnings and the three generations of hard work that makes Backsberg what it is today. On the right (of the picture below) of the passage the arches frame mini cellars that hold many labels that besides being covered in cobwebs and dust, dates back to the incredible harvests of as early as 1973. It incredibly insightful to see the many wine labels that have been under the Backsberg label or the labels before the name was officiated.

On the left (of the picture below) the arches as open studios with the original photographs, newspaper clippings and accolades framed on the walls . It creates the sense of pride and importance of all the hard work and people who have been fundamental in the Backsberg estate today. The mottled walls is not just a fancy paint technique to make you feel the history, in fact each arch was once closed up and opened from the top and was used as the original wine barrels. The yeast and grape fragments have corroded the walls and it definitely adds to the “museum”  like atmosphere of preservation.

Sometimes its really important to remember where you started in order to be grateful for where you are going.






The large vintage wine barrels frame the walls and it is easy to see why Backsberg is well known for their wine tasting, food pairing and many private function venue. Its very easy to see a large table set down and friends and family sat around it enjoying harvest style platters with Backsbergs finest or rows of chairs running along the barrels to create the perfect isle to say I do at the end.

This is the perfect event venue no matter the occasion. Wine and Dine in style at Backsberg Estate.


After wine tasting and touring Backsberg I definitely worked up an appetite. I made my way to the restaurant and was pleasantly surprised by the warm tones, concrete finishes and roaring fire which set the perfect atmosphere. The restaurant has been moved to what used to be the cellar. The original concrete wine vats are exposed and houses bottles and wood for the fire. It creates a wonderful relaxing ambiance.



The menu is filled with South African classics and well known favourites, so after much deliberation I decided to stick to one of my favourites. If anyone can get a cheese board right then thats a great test for me. So I chose the cheese and meat platter: Here is what it had to offer:




Brie Cheese, Stilton Blue Cheese and Huguenot Cheese


Grilled Chicken and Salami

Salad and Fruit Skewers:

Rocket, Tomatoes and Olives – Grapes, Watermelon, Pineapple and Sweet Melon

Fresh homemade Breads and Butter


I was very happy with the meal, although I did feel that it needed a preserve or two. I did inquire about this as it was stated that it was served with preserves on the menu, however I was told no. There are a few varieties of preserves for sale in the restaurant.



I am not a huge dessert person but I could not pass up the opportunity of enjoying a steaming hot chocolate by the roaring fire. With a calm and relaxed surrounding it is the perfect place to unwind or have a business meeting. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone looking for a comfortable day out as there are many different activities.



To inquire about wine tastings or book call: 021 8755952 or email:

Tasting Room:

Monday – Friday: 08h30 – 17h00

Saturday: 09h30 – 16h30

Sunday: 10h30 – 16h30

Tel: 021 8755141


Daily: 09h30 – 15h30

Closed on Tuesday


Lamb spit is very popular for lunch

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