Wine Cellar Roland Peens James Pietersen
Roland Peens and James Pietersen

Trying to figure out the top Cape Town wine lists to dine for? Well Cape Town is certainly the place to visit for scenic wonders, an unbeatable lifestyle and the most exciting new wave wines, according to international wine personality Jancis Robinson.

And now add to that – the best restaurants on the planet!

Wolfgat, a small 20-seater restaurant in the fishing town of Paternoster, has been named Restaurant of the Year at the first Best Restaurants Awards in Paris.

Cape Town based fine wine merchants Roland Peens and James Pietersen are huge fans of this humble seaside restaurant and its considered wine list, sharing Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s passion for highlighting local and boutique wine producers.

Top Cape Town wine lists to dine for

These revered wine judges have the type of refined palates that can only be honed by experience – they taste around 5 000 local and international wines a year just for starters. With their hefty epicurean credentials, we asked them to select their top 7 Cape Town restaurants boasting menus guaranteed to impress, with wine lists to match.

In Cape Town

Aubergine

Roland and James highly recommend Aubergine as their inner-city restaurant of choice when it comes to the best food and wine pairing in the Mother City. This refined gourmet destination offers an extended and complete wine list of local and international wines, chosen to enhance Chef Harald Bresselschmidt’s creations.

Salsify Cape Town Luke Dale-Roberts
Luke Dale-Roberts’ Salsify in Cape Town

Salsify

Luke Dale-Roberts does it again at this scenic Cape Town institution. Roland and James have earmarked this Grande Dame of dining for its wine list which includes an excellent additional older-vintage South African selection.

Black Sheep

If you’re looking for a fun local hangout with a good, contemporary wine list this is the perfect address. Black Sheep also offers some really superb wines by the glass and is described as the ‘culmination of 20 years of food, laughter and excellent wine’ for the Japha and Silva families.

The Shortmarket Club

Roland and James speak the same language as Simon Widdison at The Shortmarket Club. He’s a seasoned wine geek, so be sure to engage with Simon around your selection when you next visit this Cape Town gem. Luke Dale-Roberts, his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison chose a heritage building just off vibey Bree Street (off an incognito off street entrance) for added intrigue.

La Tête

Another of firm favourites is this classic Bree Street bistro, with a focus on nose-to-tail cooking, offering a light, menu-appropriate wine list. La Tête is a farm to fork eatery on Bree Street in Cape Town, the result of the culinary dream of two brothers, Giles and James Edwards.

Wolfgat Paternoster restaurant book
Wolfgat in Paternoster scooped Restaurant of the Year at the Best Restaurants Awards in Paris

Cape Town surrounds

Wolfgat Paternoster

According to Roland and James, the food and wine pairing at ‘The World’s Best’ is a must. The wine list highlights producers from nearby wine regions. The restaurant’s humble chef, Kobus van der Merwe, is a champion of SA’s indigenous ingredients, many of which he forages himself from sand and rocks along the coastline. The wines he’s selected perfectly enhance each of his seven foraged courses.

The Vine Bistro at Glenelly (Stellenbosch) 

Chef Christophe Dehosse cooks up classical, wine-friendly food that will enhance your wine experience. The wine list is balanced and includes some great international options. Drawing inspiration from traditional, convivial French kitchens, the small menu changes regularly, featuring organic, grass-fed and free-range where possible.

From expert wine lists at fine dining establishments by master sommeliers to quirky finds by wine geeks at casual eateries, take your pick of Cape Town’s finest. To order fine wines at, see http://www.winecellar.co.za/

What: Top Cape Town wine lists, top menus Cape Town, top Cape Town restaurants
Best Cape restaurants: Wolfgat Paternoster, Salsify Cape Town, Aubergine Cape Town, Black Sheep Cape Town, Shortmarket Club Cape Town, La Tête, Cape Town, Vine Bistro Glenelly Stellenbosch
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