Fine Wines

From our cellar an award-winning experience

Our acclaimed wine cellar stocks a superb choice of South Africa’s finest wines, as well as French Champagnes and Cognacs. Bushmans Kloof has been the proud recipient of the coveted Diners Club International Wine List of the Year Diamond Award every consecutive year since 1999. The superlative wines in our private collection are professionally sourced from both emerging and established wine estates, including a consummate selection of locally produced vintages from the Cederberg and West Coast region.

Wine cultivars are grown in approximately 60 official appellations in South Africa, and there are some 4000 producers in the country’s winelands. This is why it’s important to Bushmans Kloof to seek out the finest of South Africa’s numerous vintners. Many wines in our private collection have won awards, the most common of which are the Veritas Award, representing the highest honour for viticultural excellence; the Michelangelo Award, judged under the rules of the Office Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV); and the Old Mutual SA Trophy Awards, for benchmark South African wines.

Nicholas van Zyl

Nicholas van Zyl
Food & Beverage Manager

Consult your Wine Steward and visit our state-of-the-art cellar to select the ideal wine to complement your meal. Ultimately when one pairs wine with food, the goal is to achieve a flavour greater than the sum of its parts. Each individual palate differs, so the rules of food and wine pairing are not hard and fast. The basic guidelines to follow are fairly logical; foods high in acidity will make your chosen wine seem richer and mellower. Sweetness in food enhances bitterness in the wine, making it seem drier. Savoury flavours heighten the tannin taste in wine, and adding a little salt will cancel this effect, enhancing the character of the wine. Choose for yourself, or feel free to ask staff to assist with prices and recommendations.

Our award-winning wine list offers a selection of special vintages and rare-auction wines, alongside iconic and beloved South African mainstays. A firm favourite amongst guests are the sensational wines from the celebrated South African boutique wine estate, Bouchard Finlayson. Bouchard Finlayson is a Red Carnation boutique winery specialising in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc of outstanding quality.

A basic guide to wine and food pairing

White Fish, grilled or baked
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Blends
Smoked Fish
Rhine Riesling, Un-wooded Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer
Grilled Steak or Beef
Pinotage, Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon
Lamb roasted or grilled
Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Merlot
Pork roasted or grilled
Pinot Noir, Rosé, Rhine Riesling
Venison roasted or grilled
Shiraz, Pinotage, Red Blend
Game Birds roasted or grilled
Pinot Noir, Semillon, Tuscan
Pinotage, Shiraz

Duck roasted
Merlot, Shiraz, Rhine Riesling
Chicken roasted or grilled
Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Pinot Noir
Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc
Dessert - chocolate based
Red Muscadel
Dessert – fruit based
Noble Late Harvest, Natural Sweet
Cheese – hard
Port, Merlot, Pinotage
Cheese – soft
Port, Shiraz, Noble Late Harvest

Corkage Policy

Bushmans Kloof has an extensive wine cellar to cater for all tastes. Corkage will only be accommodated following prior arrangements with management.

  • All wines subject to availability
  • All wines are 750ml unless otherwise stated
  • Vintages may change due to demand, please check with your barman.


"Good food should be unfussy. It should be something that is both exciting and accessible to all guests. The fresher an ingredient is the better, and if it can be locally sourced, even more so!"

Executive Chef, Charles Hayward


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