Tokara Wine and Olive Farm: All in a Day’s Easy Itinerary

Tokara Olive and Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, South Africa It’s all too easy to spend a full day in the Cape Winelands. With hundreds of wine estates, restaurants, and activities to explore within a fairly short distance of each other, spending a full day hopping and skipping from one wine estate to the next is a pleasure for any wine, food, and nature lover. On the other hand, Stellenbosch’s exquisite Tokara Wine and Olive Farm demands and deserves a full day’s exploration on its own.

Here’s why…

Olive Oil Tastings

Extra virgin olive oil, Tokara
Fresh off the press, unfiltered extra virgin olive oil. The most beautiful aromas of fresh, zingy cut grass here in Tokara Olive Shed

Tokara’s Olive Shed upholds the traditional union that is a vineyard and olive grove, and, every year, produces tens of thousands of litres of premium extra virgin olive oil. The fertile soils here support three different olive varieties – mission, leccino, and fantoio – and it’s from the fruits of these groves that Tokara produces five lusciously creamy and zesty olive oils. These are available for tasting at Tokara’s Delicatessen, which affords visitors absolutely beautiful views of the vineyards, olive groves, and Simonsberg Mountain.

Tokara Delicatessen

Tokara wine and olive farm, Stellenbosch

And while you’re sampling Tokara’s exquisite selection of olive oils, you might consider pairing the experience with a crisp glass of the estate’s Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and perhaps a nibble from the Deli. Tokara’s Delicatessen serves up a handsome variety of breakfasts, lunches, light meals, and snacks in a gorgeous indoor and outdoor setting, making it a lovely destination for all seasons.

If, however, you’ve decided to save your appetite for Tokara’s restaurant, you can enjoy your olive oil tasting, a glass of wine, a small snack, and a quick perusal of the Deli Shop’s offerings of olive pastes, pesto’s, and oils, as well as whole olives, handmade Belgian chocolate truffles, South African cheeses, real Canadian maple syrup, freshly baked bread, and local and imported cold meats.

Tel: 021 808 5950

A Walk in the Olive Groves

With appetites whet and a little purchase under your arm, the next stop on your Tokara itinerary has got to be a leisurely walk through the farm’s shady olive groves. Follow the pathway as it winds through the groves, ultimately (and conveniently) leading you to Tokara’s main restaurant, which is housed in a separate building on the other side of the grove. Make sure you keep a look out for the handsome peacocks and peahens that like to hang out in the dappled sunlight beneath the trees.

Lunch at Tokara Restaurant

Saving the best for last, which is saying a lot considering the incredible calibre delivered by all aspects of Tokara Wine and Olive Farm, you simply have to pay Tokara’s restaurant a visit. Considered one of South Africa’s very best fine dining restaurants, Tokara delivers the farm’s outstanding repertoire of wines and a dynamic, seasonal menu crafted by super talented chef, Carolize Coetzee. The venue itself is beautiful, adeptly reflecting the Cape’s natural heritage, and offers spectacular views over False Bay and the Stellenbosch wine growing region.

Tokara wine & olive farm, restaurant

Tokara Restaurant Contact: 021 885 2550,

A full day out at Tokara Wine and Olive Farm should make an appearance on your itinerary soon. It’s a full day of delight, and welcomes the entire family!

This article was originally written by Thea Beckman for Southern Vines Magazine:

Tokara wine and olive farm, Stellenbosch

Author: Thea Beckman

Canadian born and South African raised, Thea Beckman AKA Wander Woman Thea, is an experienced travel, food, and wine writer and (amateur) photographer with a devastating love of all of the above. She is a travel bug, a bookworm, and mildly alarmed by how many arthropods she can be at once. When she’s not writing for a living and for pleasure, she enjoys bird-watching, reading, drinking wine, cooking, and SHORT walks on the beach because the summer southeasterly winds in Cape Town are a real bitch. Thea is the author of the book “Why? Because Science!” Facebook @WanderWomanThea Instagram @wander_woman_thea

5 thoughts on “Tokara Wine and Olive Farm: All in a Day’s Easy Itinerary”

  1. Two small fried carrots, a leaf, and a dribble of what looks like used engine oil … two hundred pounds sterling? (Extra if the chef comes out in person to throw a wee bit of salt~?)

    (Don’t mind me … Spouse and I no longer attend restaurants, not since they stopped cooking steaks and merely suggested they’d been somewhere near heat.) (You’re allowed to be cynical at our age …)


    1. Hahaha! Too true! The great thing about my gig is that we don’t have to pay for our meals – we get invited to review the restaurant. Now, having said that, I always make a point of checking the prices afterwards. I can’t very well recommend the restaurant to my peers if a plate of fried carrots, a leaf, and a dribble of engine oil sets you back a week in wages (there was a slab of steak underneath there too by the way). And I don’t care how great the view is: I’m paying to eat your food, not stare at your vineyards. Thankfully, Tokara is well-priced and the food was SUBLIME.

      Now, I have to say that I too used to be a bit jaded. Then, through this job of mine, my world (and wine) view exploded outwards. I appreciate that sitting down to a meal at a fine dining restaurant is about so much more than merely topping up the fuel tank (in which case, price and quantity is paramount).

      Rather, it is a five-dimensional experience: The presentation (sight), the textures of the food and mouth feel of the wine (touch), the aromas, fragrances, and bouquet (smell), the taste, and the ambient environment (the hubbub of social conversation, the music, the hiss of cooking from the kitchen). The interplay of wine with food adds another dimension and the service – which is honed by great practice and training – makes you feel like royalty.

      In other words, fine dining is literal art appreciation. It’s the same reason people pay stratospheric amounts for artwork or jewellery. Outside of aesthetics, a gold necklace holds no value. Yet people spend money on it because of the way it makes them feel. You can fill your belly for $10. But it won’t make you feel the way a fine dining experience does.

      Capisce? 🙂

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      1. Oops … gold itself has value, (worth) ‘money’ doesn’t. Gold is real, money is empty promises—unless backed by gold. So outside of aesthetics, the necklace is worth as much as the gold it is made from. Or what people are willing to trade for it …


      2. Yeah but outside of electronics, gold doesn’t have any practical use. So it’s not even a fraction as valuable as we perceive it to be. What is “value” but a perception of worth and necessity? This is getting philosophical!

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  2. It’s an age-and-mileage thing I guess. Been there, done that … and now am more than happy to leave the exploration and experiences to the up-and-coming. Give this old dog a juicy bone, a warm rug, fresh water in the bowl, a good scratch behind the ears sometimes and he’s more than content …


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