Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just a lover of natural beauty, you’ll be swept up in the splendour of Stellenbosch. With its tell-tale Cape Dutch architecture and rolling vineyards, as we showcase four very different wining and dining experiences.
Set a leisurely pace as you leave the coast behind and head north towards wine country and the first of the handpicked wineries on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Today’s journey is undoubtedly a visual feast, but your taste buds are the real hero.
The paddock-to-plate partnership between winemakers, chefs, artisans and local producers rounds out today’s sensory journey. Here, in arguably South Africa’s most picturesque wine growing area, vintners pair their smooth reds and crisp whites with local produce – biltong (cured meat) and artisan ice-cream– in a delicate-yet-innovative partnership that enhances the wine’s flavours.
Let the tasting begin...
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Your guide will uncover the mysteries, separate your Cabernets from your Cape Ruby and help you navigate the flavour profiles with ease. Wander your way past grapes on the vine and green valleys, to four top-tier wine farms – Babylonstoren, Marianne Estate, Clos Malvern and DeMorgenzon.
The day starts amongst the rustic fruit orchards and country gardens of Babylonstoren Estate, the tasting room is a thoroughly modern affair and the wines add to the whimsical feel.
Then, it’s off down country laneways lined with leafy vineyards to the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains and Marianne Estate. Here, the business of wine is a serious affair but the staff are warm and inviting. Their South African terroir and French savoir-faire pay homage to the estate’s Bordeaux heritage and French-style wines.
Clos Malvern is tucked away in a tranquil corner of the Winelands. Melt in your mouth spoonfuls of artisan ice cream paired with fine wine at Clos Malverne are as unique as it is delicious. But not all ice creams are created sweet and their highly creative, slightly off-the-wall savoury flavours – tomato chutney and basil ice-cream anyone?
When the wine is flowing, it’s easy to work up a big appetite and your guide is happy to work with you to find the perfect fit – whether it’s a wine farm restaurant or a sunny roadside cafe in Stellenbosch’s old town, just a short hop from the winery.
The last course on this Taste the Winelands Tour offers a unique wine philosophy that is literally music to the ears (and taste buds!). The owners of DeMorgenzon Wine Estate believe that playing Baroque music in the vineyards has a romantically delicious effect on the grapes, and the flavourful, aromatic depth of these international award-winning wines certainly sings true.
On that high note, you'll follow the sun and turn for home.
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