A 20-minute drive from Stellenbosch will bring you to the beautiful ward of Polkadraai Hills. It is said to be the most scenic route you will ever take in South Africa. These hills have such a distinct terroir that they have been awarded their own appellation, making them a ward of South Africa. The hilly topography and elevated paths make for cool climate, which lends its characteristics to the wines of the region. An incredible number of award-winning wines of South Africa come from this region. So, if you are staying in the beautiful country-side of Stellenbosch hop on a ride to visit the wonderful wineries on Polkadraai Hills.
Raats Family Wines
One such incredible winery is the Raats Family Wines, a boutique winery located in the Polkadraai Hills outside Stellenbosch. They are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality and to establish these wines as international benchmarks. The Raats family lives for and dreams about these two varieties, and passionately produces wines they believe are truly distinct from old vineyards in the Stellenbosch area east of Cape Town. They have earned a reputation internationally as a New World leader in the production of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
A member of the winemaking team, will join you for a long walk through the vineyards. You will then take part in a tasting of the Raats range of wines.