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Stellenbosch Wine Farms – the Final Wine Tasting Information.

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Tasting wine across the spectacular wine farms of Stellenbosch is an unforgettable experience to not miss when visiting the Cape Winelands. Stunning farms, top-quality wines, and reasonably priced costs make the Stellenbosch wineries a dream wine tasting vacation spot. Wine tasting within the Winelands is among the vacationers’ favourite things to do in Cape City.

Don’t miss a few of the greatest wine farms round Stellenbosch to go wine tasting akin to Tokara, Boschendal, Spier, Waterford, Ernie Els, Simonsig and Fairview.

On this article I have a look at the best way to go wine tasting round Stellenbosch; some superb farms, particular wines, nice meals pairings, enjoyable actions, and superior property eating places it’s best to go to! Choose your favourite farms, have a look at our map and begin driving or choose one of many enjoyable excursions and be taught out of your information. Wine tasting is just not the one exercise right here there are a lot of different nice things to do in Stellenbosch.

tokara wine farm stellenbosch
Tokara wine farm Stellenbosch Helshoogte Cross

The City Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, surrounded by greater than 150 wine farms, was among the many first locations the place grapes had been planted for wine manufacturing in South Africa in 1679. The city was based by Governor Simon van der Stel and is among the oldest and most well-known cities in South Africa. Stellenbosch is positioned a few 45-minute drive from Mom Metropolis. It’s a excellent place for a day journey from Cape City or a weekend getaway from the town. Discover the gorgeous city with its Cape Dutch structure, cafes, boutiques, and artwork galleries. The Constantia wine route beginning in Cape City is one other spectacular drive with unreal farms and glorious wines within the Cape Winelands.

Greatest Time to Go to Stellenbosch Wine Farms.

In summer season from September to April is a wonderful time to go to Stellenbosch. Climate is heat and dry and lots of wines are launched.

Wine tasting Stellenbosch – how does it work?

Most wine farms on the Stellenbosch wine route have a devoted tasting room and effectively educated employees to help you with the tasting. Throughout a wine tasting tour you go from farm to farm normally tasting Three or extra totally different wines at every venue. The price of a tasting varies between $2 and $5 at most farms. At many wine estates you shouldn’t have to pay in your tasting in the event you purchase a bottle of wine afterwards. Many tasting room venues are lovely with incredible views. A number of the wine farms even have world class nice eating eating places with a few of the prime cooks within the nation. Additionally, you will discover a few of the most lovely and peaceable higher class lodging on the wine estates of the Cape wine lands.

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Alya utilizing all her senses tasting wine round Stellenbosch

The farms in Stellenbosch are too far aside to go wine tasting on foot or by bicycle, your choices are principally to hire a automobile and do a self-drive wine tasting or to do a guided wine tour. Within the close by city of Franschhoek, you may go on the wine tram stopping at a number of farms within the space. There are a lot of nice things to do in Franschhoek. The city is known because the nice eating capital of South Africa.

The simplest means is to go to Stellenbosch in your personal automobile. It offers leaving you extra flexibility, you could clearly have a delegated driver or don’t swallow in the event you do it this manner. In case you do an impartial wine tour you may cease for lunch at one of many prime eating places. Driving round vineyards and wine farms in Stellenbosch is a superb experience by itself and the most effective scenic drives in Cape City.

The toughest factor for most individuals arriving in Stellenbosch for the primary time is the place do I begin? With greater than 150 farms how do you select, which means do you drive? On this article, I’ll concentrate on some wine farms and clarify the choices you may have for various routes to drive.

Stellenbosch Wine Excursions 

Doing an organised tour is unquestionably the simplest method to do wine tasting round Stellenbosch. The guides are normally very educated, a few of my pals did this as oenology college students.  A full day tour will choose you up at your lodge in Cape City or Stellenbosch and drop you off once more after about 9 hours. The complete day excursions normally go to 5 totally different wine estates within the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek space. At some farms you may have choices of tasting regionally produced cheese, candies, the favored South African dried meat, biltong and do some meals and wine pairing. A lightweight lunch is usually included. In case you select an organization on-line look for an organization with many good rankings and browse a few of the critiques to resolve if this will likely be your form of tour. 

Stellenbosch Wine Excursions

In case you choose a tour I’ll suggest that you choose a tour with numerous rankings and browse some latest critiques. Listed below are some effectively rated excursions by a good firms.

  • Cape Winelands Full day tour – very talked-about tour, choose up and drop off at Cape City lodge, discover Four wine farms round Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch together with a number of chocolate and cheese tastings.
  • Non-public Full Day Wine Tasting tour – Discover the cities and do winetasting round Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Constantia. Do Three or Four wine farms on this versatile tour. Get picked up at your lodging within the Cape Winelands.
  • Hop on Hop off Wine property tour – this isn’t a guided wine tasting tour, however simply transport on the Southern facet of the Stellenbosch wine route from farm to farm. You can also make up your personal itinerary spending as a lot time as you want at every farm. Cheaper than a guided tour, however doesn’t embody tastings.
  • Stellenbosch Biking Wine Tour – Cycle tour beginning within the city of Stellenbosch, guided tour of the city, two wine farms, wine and chocolate tasting.

Stellenbosch Wine Farms

The Stellenbosch Wine Routes is a community of greater than 150 wine farms that wine lovers can discover. It was the primary organised wine route in South Africa and has been working since 1971, as we speak it is among the prime vacationer points of interest in South Africa. The route has  been divided into 5 areas; Bottelary Hills, Higher Simonsberg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Valley and Stellenbosch Berg, see the official Stellenbosch Wine Route web site for extra maps and information. The routes should not based mostly on the Wine of Origin system, however on the situation of farms making every sub route simpler to discover. We constructed our wine tasting map in a similar way.

Stellenbosch Wine Route Map Stingy Nomads
Stellenbosch Wine Route Map

Impartial Wine Tasting – Self drive wine tasting is a good way to do it, I’ll suggest you drive with a plan. It’s not vital to stay to just one sub route, however you’ll spend much less time driving. To get from the Spier wine farm all the best way to Boschendal which is nearer to Franschhoek than Stellenbosch takes about 30 to 40 minutes. All of the wine farms are on Google Maps, making it simple to plan and drive.

The Stellenbosch Valley Route

Driving from Cape City on the N2 Spier would be the first farm in your route about 45 minutes from Cape City on the N2.


Spier is among the oldest wine farms in South Africa relationship again to 1692. Spier’s vineyard has gained a number of awards in recent times, together with a greatest Chennin Blanc on this planet award in 2018. The property is huge with many eateries, a prime lodge and loads of actions to maintain you busy at this lovely on prime of nice wine tasting. This farm is devoted to accountable tourism successful the “Accountable Enterprise” class on the 2020 Inspirational Africa Accountable Tourism Awards for empowering communities and making constructive social and environmental change.

Wine and Chocolate pairing at Spier.
Wine and Chocolate pairing at Spier with a glass of MCC to cleanse the palate.

Wine tasting at Spier

There’s quite a lot of tasting choices accessible ranging from R40 ($2.50). The tasting room is fashionable and spacious and the employees is educated and really useful. Spier has nice chocolate and wine pairing with candies made for Spier by a South African chocolatier to enrich every wine. The farm is well-known for ‘champagne’ and you’ll cleanse your palate between wines with the Signature Méthode Cap Classique. The tasting room is large, however it might get busy in season, you may e-book your tasting reserving at Spier.

Actions at Spier

There are a lot to discover and hold you busy on this lovely property together with Eagle Encounters, with a day by day interactive reveals with raptors, Segway excursions with large wheeled segways across the vineyards and artwork scattered throughout the farm, one of many largest collections of up to date South African artwork within the nation.

Spier Eating places

Spier has a number of eateries on the property, it is rather standard to order a picnic basket full of goodies and revel in whereas sitting exterior overlooking the lake.

Spier Lodging

The Spier Lodge – prime rated Four Star Lodge, Restaurant eight on web site –  gourmand delicacies made with recent, regional produce, Spa providing magnificence therapies


Asara is an exquisite wine farm positioned about 5km from Stellenbosch and never distant from Spier. The views are spectacular, with a pleasant tasting room and glorious informal and nice eating choices. The 5 star lodge and exquisite views from the relaxed Sansibar lounge are well-known.

Wine tasting at Asara

The tasting room is good, however sadly has no view,  the employees are educated and really useful. Tasting prices R50 ($3). Good Wines – The Bell Tower Bordeaux mix, good vary of MCC (Méthode Cap Classique)

Actions at Asara

In case you are an enormous gin fan this the place to come back for a gin tasting with one of many largest gin bars within the Cape. For a motorbike tour by way of the winelands you are able to do this with bikesnwines with an workplace at Asara. Not likely the wine farm to go to for actions with youngsters (effectively they’ve nice pizza).

Eating places at Asara

There’s quite a lot of consuming choices accessible at Asara. For nice eating, there may be the Mise en Place Restaurant. The favored Sansibar lounge has superb views and gives quite a lot of dishes from burgers, salmon, and steaks to glorious wood-fired pizza.

Asara Lodging

Award successful Asara 5 star lodge very extremely rated, heated pool, spa therapies


The gorgeous Middelvlei Property is understood for excellent wines, South African hospitality and an actual farm environment. The Mombergs have been making high quality wines right here since 1919 and the household nonetheless gives a private contact. You’re more likely to get taken on a tour by a member of the Momberg household and their three canines; Merlot, Papsak and Alsace! The farm is well-known for an actual ‘boere braai’ lunch provided day by day. It is a nice farm to come back for the day with the entire household. Middelvlei continues to be the other of the touristy manufacturing unit wineries the place large vacationer buses cease.

Wine tasting at Middelvlei

The tasting room is an outdated secure that was renovated and has a pleasant environment. They’ve quite a lot of glorious well-priced wines to style. Tasting of Four wines price R50.00 ($3.00) contained in the tasting room or on the veranda with views of farm life. Middelvlei has an attention-grabbing tapas wine pairing and a really distinctive braaibroodjie wine pairing.

Attempt the award successful Middelvlei Momberg 2016 mix and Middelvlei Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.

Actions at Middelvlei

Mix your personal wine – The Momberg Household will educate you to mix your personal wine. You obtain a mixing equipment permitting you to create a customized bottle of your personal wine to take residence! Mixing takes about an hour and a half.

Middelvlei is nice for teenagers, there are a sandpit and a variety of area for them to play. There are a lot of totally different livestock and the children can feed them. They’ll do a ‘youngsters wine tasting’ copying adults by tasting glowing juices. 

Restaurant at Middelvlei

Middelvlei is known for his or her ‘boere braai’, Monday to Sunday lunch they host an genuine South African outside barbecue. Come and be a part of the enjoyable and revel in lamb chops, boerewors, rooster sosaties, and all the standard trimmings.

In case you don’t have time for the total braai, however desire a snack, attempt their Potbrood and Snoek pâté.

 Bookings are really helpful


The husband and spouse winemaking crew Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines at Jordan wine property since 1993. With vineyards positioned at North, South, East, and West going through slopes at totally different elevations the number of terroirs is a singular property of the farm. The Jordans do a incredible job of optimizing the variety in terroir to provide a spread of the best wines. The farm has a historical past going again over 300 years however was purchased by Gary’s mother and father, Ted and Sheelagh, in 1982. 

Peaceful landscape at Jordan wine farm near Stellenbosch
The gorgeous surroundings at Jordan Wine Property, Stellenbosch

Wine Tasting at Jordan

Jordan gives quite a lot of tasting choices, from basic tastings within the tasting room or on the exterior space beneath massive timber and umbrellas to a wine safari taking you everywhere in the lovely property. A Basic Brief and Candy Tasting of three wines is R55, the Terroir tasting,  5 wines R90 and a Tasting Four Reserve Wines is R295

Award successful wines – Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018, Jordan Lengthy Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Actions at Jordan

Jordan has a number of attention-grabbing excursions combining wine tasting with studying concerning the wine making course of and the terroir of this incredible property.

Cellar & Wine Experience – a mix of the Terroir wine tasting and behind the scenes cellar tour.

Go on a behind the scenes harvest tour the place you may study winemaking, experience the harvest actions within the cellar, style juice and fermenting wines from the tank and style some further wines exterior on the terrace. 

Go on a Wine Safari: Tour of the vineyards in an open, safari-style Land Rover, with stops to experience the spectacular views of False and Desk Bays.

Non-public Night Wine Drive – tour the vineyards in an open safari-style sport viewing Land Rover together with a bottle of wine from the Property vary

Restaurant at Jordan

Former South African Chef of the 12 months George Jardine runs one of many first signature chef eating places within the Cape Winelands. With gorgeous views overlooking the vineyards and lake subsequent to the Jordan cellar, it has been rated as one of many prime Three eating places in South Africa previously. The cheese room is one thing distinctive, a walk-in cheese room to pick your personal board of artisanal Cape farm cheeses with preserves and bread following your meal.

The Jordan Bakery serves recent espresso and a choice of dishes of the day, charcuteries, breads, dips, cheeses and pastries. If the climate is nice sit on the deck with superior views or simply go and sit on the garden

Lodging Jordan

The luxurious Jordan Suites, positioned amongst the vineyards and timber with lovely views of the Winelands are spacious, fashionable, and ultra-comfy interiors with loads of luxurious like Egyptian cotton linen on king-sized beds, extremely rated lodging with nice critiques. 

JC Le Roux

JC Le Roux is just not a standard wine farm, they solely make glowing wine, they make MCC (Methodé Cap Classique) the standard French means that Champagne is made they usually make glowing wines. JC Le Roux is a family identify in South Africa and was the primary native wine property utterly devoted to producing glowing wines. At any time when an enormous event is well known in South Africa, chances are high a bottle of JC Le Roux glowing will likely be popped.

Glowing wine tasting at JC Le Roux

One thing totally different, effectively introduced and informative by educated employees. Glowing wine tasting – 5 glowing wines R80 ($4.50), MCC tasting – Three MCC’s and 1 glowing R95 ($5). Nougat and glowing wine pairing or Chocolate truffle and glowing wine tasting accessible. 

Restaurant at JC Le Roux

Cucina Di Giovanni is a really effectively rated restaurant on the Home of J.C. Le Roux, with a relaxed vibe with spectacular views of the vineyards and mountains. Good place to order a woodfired pizza or platter.

The Helderberg Wine Route

The Helderberg is a wine producing space positioned near the Helderberg mountain between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

Ernie Els

On the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain carrying the identify of the proprietor and internationally acclaimed South African skilled golfer, his farm has been formally producing a spread of wonderful high quality wines since 2004. This actually is an exquisite vineyard with spectacular views. Beautiful venue from the doorway with large granite boulders and ponds beside the trail lined with Koi ponds. The Huge Simple (nickname for Ernie Els) is outwardly concerned with winemaking, however the winemaker Louise Strydom has been making wine within the space for years. Louise was the winemaker at neighboring Rust and Vrede and was concerned in growing Ernie Els wine from when the challenge began 20 years in the past. He has been utilizing the new local weather on this space to his favor to provide some premium pink wines on the farm.

Wine Tasting at Ernie Els

The tasting room is gorgeous with and good relaxed vibe. Sitting exterior underneath the timber is nice with spectacular views.

Attempt his award successful Bordeaux Mix – Ernie Els Signature 2014

Actions at Ernie Els

Go for a tour of the trendy, cutting-edge wine cellar, see Ernie’s superb {golfing} achievements within the Trophy Room. The vineyard even has a chipping inexperienced you could check out. The property holds a chipping contest every month the place you may win a magnum of their signature mix, The Ernie Els Signature.

Restaurant at Ernie Els

Restaurant with a large menu particularly meat dishes; burgers, steaks, lamb shanks, well-known for his or her scrumptious fish and chips.


Alto is a farm with a wealthy historical past stretching again to 1693 however has been focusing solely on winemaking since 1919. During the last 100 years, there have been solely 5 winemakers at Alto. The farm’s terroir lends it to creating high quality pink wines with the situation on the hotter northern slopes of the Helderberg, which is what the wine making crew right here has all the time targeted on.

Wine Tasting at Alto

Style Alto’s award-winning pink wines of their lovely tasting room, small with a really good environment, reserving is really helpful. Tasting begins at R50 ($2.50). Attempt the Biltong & Wine Pairing – 5 wines with 5 distinctive biltong flavors actual South African magic! R140. Sit on the deck with nice views having fun with a cheese platter and a pleasant wine. The Alto Rouge is a very talked-about, easy-drinking, high quality pink mix you will discover at most supermarkets that we frequently purchase for a braai.

Attempt the award successful Alto Rouge 2017 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Alto Wine Tasting and Gross sales Occasions:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 5pm.


Waterford is certainly one of our favourite wine estates within the space positioned within the picturesque Blaauwklippen valley exterior Stellenbosch. It’s a lovely vineyard that makes a incredible Cabernet Sauvignon they usually have nice chocolate and wine pairing. The design of the cellar and tasting space is really distinctive, with the wine cellar constructed surrounding the Tuscany model courtyard. Visitors can get pleasure from a tasting whereas observing the workings of the vineyard. Waterford Property is owned by the Ord Household. Wine is made by award-winning Cellar Grasp and Managing Companion Kevin Arnold and his crew.

The beautiful court yard for wine tasting at Waterford.
The gorgeous court docket yard for wine tasting at Waterford.

Waterford is on the Stellenbosch Berg wine route, it’s nevertheless positioned near Ernie Els and Alto (15 min drive) additionally producing top of the range reds in, so it’s a good choice to drive to Waterford together with these farms on the Helderberg route.

Waterford Wine Tasting

There’s quite a lot of tasting choices accessible beginning with the Portfolio Tasting at R90 ($4.50). The tasting is at tables within the lovely courtyard permitting you to see into the encircling cellar. The tasting employees was pleasant and educated and the wines nice.

Jem 2011 – the enduring flagship mix dear at R1950 per bottle! Some extra award-winning wines – Waterford Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2018, Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Kevin Arnold Shiraz.

Monday to Friday 9 am to five pm
Saturday 10 am to five pm

Bookings really helpful for teams

Actions Waterford

Wine & Chocolate Pairing – Chocolatier, Richard von Geusau created a collection of darkish and milk candies to enrich Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon produced at Waterford – R105

Wine Drive Safari – three-hour journey in safari-type automobile by way of the property tasting property wines within the vineyards of their origin, skilled information explains terroir and viticultural methods used.

The Helshoogte Space


This Stellenbosch icon within the Jonkerhoek valley has a wealthy historical past relationship again to 1692. With incredible views of the encircling mountain ranges, lush vineyards, huge gardens, large Oak timber and award-winning wines Lanzerac is a vineyard to not miss! The primary Pinotage on this planet was bottled at Lanzerac they usually have been identified to provide award-winning wines of this proudly South African cultivar ever since.

The gorgeous property hosts a extremely acclaimed five-star lodge and spa, bars, eating places, a Deli, and a incredible tasting venue.

In 2017 a devastating hearth destroyed a big a part of the historic buildings on this property together with priceless artwork and icons. A 12 months later the property reopened displaying the spectacular amenities and elegance the property has been identified for 100 years.

Lanzerac is positioned in Jonkershoek, forming a part of the Stellenbosch Berg sub wine route, Lanzerac is simple to mix with farms on the Higher Simonsberg sub route by driving to Lanzerac earlier than going up the Helshoogte move in the direction of Franschhoek.

Wine Tasting Lanzerac

Stunning tasting room with a pleasant environment. Nicely educated educated employees providing tasting. Premium tasting – style 5 premium wines – R75, Heritage tasting – style Four flagship wine R150. In addition they supply wine chocolate pairing with 5 premium wines for R125.

Award successful wines- Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage 2016, Lanzerac Mrs English Single Winery Chardonnay 2017

01 OCTOBER – 30 APRIL Monday – Sunday: 08h00 – 20h00
01 MAY – 30 SEPTEMBER Monday – Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00
Public Holidays
08h00 – 16h30 (tastings) 09h00 – 17h00 (gross sales)

Actions at Lanzerac

Situated near the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve friends can get pleasure from guided walks, path working and bike rides within the reserve.

Benefit from the esteemed spa with spectacular views overlooking the vineyards and mountains, outfitted with fashionable hydro amenities together with a jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool, steam room, and sauna.

Restaurant at Lanzerac

There are three eating places at Lanzerac. The Manor Kitchen headed up by Govt Chef, Stephen Fraser is the top-rated principal restaurant serving buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner to friends. Each Sunday, Lanzerac Lodge & Spa gives an excellent 4-course selection menu on the Manor Kitchen.

Lanzerac Deli gives espresso, all-day breakfast, pastries, gourmand sandwiches and platters that may all be loved indoors or exterior on the terrace.

The Taphuis is an exquisite bar serving gourmand pub meals.

Lodging at Lanzerac

The highest-rated Lanzerac lodge and Spa is claimed to be the head of luxurious, from having recent oysters and prize-winning MCC for breakfast, to being pampered at this prime spa and lodge within the spectacular mountains all day, it is a true 5-star luxurious.


The spectacular Tokara positioned on the prime of the gorgeous Helshoogte move is unquestionably one of many wineries with probably the most lovely location within the Stellenbosch space. Constructed by South African enterprise titan GT Ferreira and his spouse Anne-Marie after buying the farm in 1994 and creating one of the breathtaking wineries within the Cape Winelands. Tokara is a mix of their kids’s names, Thomas and Kara.

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Spectacular views of Tokara wine farm in Stellenbosch

Completely located within the vineyards with gorgeous, sweeping views the picturesque property produces award-winning wines, a top quality brandy, and olive oil and is residence to a gallery of nice artwork, a restaurant run by certainly one of South Africa’s prime cooks, and an incredible delicatessen.

This lovely and standard vineyard can get very busy with group excursions stopping right here.

Tokara Wine Tasting

Elegant tasting room with spectacular views providing wine and olive oil tastings. Pleasant and useful employees. Nice wines. Flagship and Reserve tastings at R100 and R75. Tokara locations a variety of emphasis on terroir and has vineyards in a number of prime viticultural areas together with Elgin, Simonsberg, and Hemel-en-Aarde, to develop grapes for his or her Premium Assortment containing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and a Reserve Assortment together with Tokara Director’s Crimson and White.

Award successful wines: Tokara Reserve Assortment Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2017, Tokara Reserve Assortment Stellenbosch Syrah 2015

Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h30 
Saturday – Sunday: 10h00 – 15h00

Restaurant Tokara

The acclaimed Tokara upmarket restaurant, with the kitchen underneath the path of chef Carolize Coetzee, is extremely rated for nice eating with the menu impressed by the South African countryside and farm produce.
The enticing Tokara Delicatessen is a child-friendly restaurant that serves breakfast and lightweight lunches and gourmand meals store.

Actions Tokara

Tokara showcases a set of South African artwork, you may see artworks strategically positioned alongside the pathway main by way of the olive orchards to the Delicatessen, that is additionally the place the Additional Virgin Olive Oil is made.  The vineyard entrance homes a gallery of curated artwork.

Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff is a luxurious Winelands experience positioned within the lovely Helshoogte move. The setting is incredible surrounded by mountains and vineyards. The property is admittedly lovely driving up the meticulously landscaped driveway to gorgeous views and glorious wine. A singular vineyard showcasing Cape Dutch structure, African artifacts, and styling and authentic artwork from Laurence Graff’s private assortment. The Chairman of Graff Diamonds purchased the Delaire Property in 2003 and opened the glamorous vacation spot to the general public in 2009.

Spectacular views from Delair Graff wine farm on the Helshoogte pass near Stellenbosch.
Spectacular views from Delair Graff wine farm on the Helshoogte move close to Stellenbosch.

Stunning property, luxurious restaurant, and lodge even a flagship jewellery retailer specializing in items created with iconic stones handmade in London. Good wines in a luxurious setting, don’t count on a family-run, intimate Cape Dutch farm model setting right here.

Wine Tasting at Delaire Graff

The wine tasting lounge is a classy and fashionable art-filled tasting area with sofas, a hearth, and a grand piano, which is performed at intervals. Educated and welcoming sommeliers and wine tutors guiding you thru the tasting.

Award successful wines: Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Delaire Graff Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A tasting of three wines at R75, Four wines at R100 or 5 wines at R125 per individual.

Restaurant at Delaire Graff

The property is residence to 2 fashionable, luxurious eating places, Delaire Graff Restaurant and the Indochine Restaurant.

Delaire Graff Restaurant, adorned with originals from Graff’s private artwork assortment underneath the path of head chef Michael Deg, is understood for distinctive nice eating. Count on the identical stage of luxurious you discover in all places on the property serving basic bistro favorites with a South African contact.

The Indochine Restaurant serve asian model meals, right here Asian tapas are changed into an artwork kind to create an all-sensory eating experience.

Actions at Delaire Graff

As this unique property belongs to Graff diamonds, go diamond buying (or window buying), go to the flagship African retailer showcasing an unique diamond assortment. Laurence Graff is seen as one of many world’s prime artwork collectors. View fastidiously curated items in his private artwork assortment on this incredible setting together with a few of South Africa’s best up to date artists The Delaire-Graff spa, with 5 elegant spa suites this top-rated spa guarantees the last word in magnificence therapies and rest.

Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa

Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa gives the last word, world class, luxurious lodging. Villas with spectacular views outfitted with personal pool, amenities embody a health centre, spa and a non-public cinema.

Simonsberg Wine Route

Simonsberg is a mountain positioned between the cities of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek, it’s named after Simon van der Stel, first governor of the Cape and founding father of Stellenbosch. The wine route is positioned on the slopes of the mountain.


For a singular, genuine farm model wine tasting with nice Cabernet, Muratie is the place to go.

Situated within the Knorhoek Valley on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain it was one of many first wine farms in South Africa established in 1685. The charming grounds resonate with a protracted historical past that may be seen everywhere in the property. Well-known for the outdated buildings and actually really feel, the country decor and small cozy tasting room is a part of the magic at this smaller, attention-grabbing property. You are feeling that you just stroll again into historical past upon getting into Muratie with its lovely views, curious artifacts, and historic buildings. The farm had a number of house owners throughout its wealthy historical past, together with Martin Merck, 1763. At present it belongs once more to the Melcks, Rijk Melck is the proprietor and his spouse Kim runs the Farm Kitchen. Muratie tries to make use of a mix of recent expertise and conventional methods to provide top of the range wines and invitations oenophiles to come back and witness the cellar and the winemaking course of at this lovely property.

Wine Tasting at Muratie

Tasting at Muratie is a particular experience in a relaxed environment. The outdated tasting room constructing is adorned with a set of artwork. Muratie is well-known for the distinctive cozy tasting room with cobwebs as outdated because the farm that has turn out to be an actual function including to the cellar ambiance. The names of the enduring wines replicate the historical past of the property e.g. the MCC is named Girl Alice, she is joined by Ansela van de Caab (blended pink), George Paul Canitz (Pinot Noir), and the Ronnie Melck (Shiraz).

Award successful wines: Muratie Martin Melck Household Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • Normal Tasting: R60, Premium Tasting: R95, Chocolate Pairing Experience: R80 per individual
  • Monday to Saturday: 9am – 5p, Sunday: 9am – 1pm, Public Holidays: 9am – 1pm

Restaurant at Muratie

The extremely rated Farm Kitchen at Muratie serves a variety of genuine and conventional dishes in a relaxed setting. Attempt their bobotie samoosas or a spread of dishes from roast rooster to beef burger or a matured sirloin steak.

Lodging at Muratie 

The Muratie GP Canitz Cottage, an exquisite historic cottage within the coronary heart of the vineyards. Very cozy and genuine, a basic mixture of old-world appeal and bohemian aesthetics. Glorious rated lodging with all the trendy options. 


Simonsig might be translated to ‘Simon’s view’ in Afrikaans. The identify of this lovely property obtained because of its dramatic views of the close by Simonsberg Mountain. The property produces a spread of wonderful wines however is famend for its bubbly (Kaapse Vonkel) because it was the primary farm in South Africa to provide MCC (Méthode Cap Classique) made within the basic bottle-fermented model, much like champagne in France. The Simonsig Wine Property was based by Frans Malan within the early 1940s. It is a proud family-owned and managed Wine Property, with present winemaker Micheal Malan the third technology winemaker with a level in Viticulture and Oenolgy from the College of Stellenbosch.

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Driving into the gorgeous Simonsig wine property.

Wine Tasting at Simonsig

Simonsig has a pleasant spacious tasting room with a comfortable hearth crackling on a wet winter day. Within the summertime, we want to sit down within the courtyard underneath the timber.  Educated and welcoming sommeliers and wine tutors guiding you thru the tasting. There’s quite a lot of tasting choices various between $4 (R75) To $6.50 (R120).

Attempt the ‘You Had Me at Bubbles’ tasting 5 totally different premier glowing wine and MCC’s.

Award successful wines: Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2015 (MCC), Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2014 (MCC), Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2017

Simonsig Restaurant

On the well-rated Cuvée restaurant, you may get pleasure from Cape Winelands environment underneath the oak timber consuming conventional hearty meals with fashionable aptitude together with a glass of Kaapse Vonkel MCC. Breakfast and lunch are served. In Winter friends benefit from the cozy fire inside. Sundowners and tapas are provided in summer season. Reserving really helpful


Fairview is a Wine and Cheese farm positioned between Paarl and Stellenbosch. The farm is a vacationer favourite, well-known for its goat tower, artisanal cheese, and nice pink wines. Visiting Fairview is an experience for the entire household with wine and cheese tastings, a bakery, deli, restaurant, and the goats strolling across the goat tower is a favourite with the children.

Fairview was designated as a farm by the then Governor of the Cape Simon van der Stel in 1693. The present proprietor is winemaker Charles Again and Fairview has belonged to the Again household since 1937. Charles Again, additionally owns The Goats do Roam Wine Firm and The Spice Route Vineyard. Visiting Fairview is a superb experience, however they do get loopy busy within the season when this superb family-owned farm turns right into a vacationer manufacturing unit. A terrific farm to not miss, however keep away from weekends and public holidays in the event you can.

Goats and the Goat Tower at Fairview. Best things to do in Stellenbosch
Cute goats on the Goat Tower at Fairview Farm – a must-visit place is Stellenbosch for vacationers with kids

The Well-known Goat Tower

The long-lasting goat tower was constructed on the farm after Charles Again was impressed by the same tower on a visit to Portugal within the 1980s. Every year in September a number of child goats are born and the nanny goats convey their child goats to the goat tower every so often!

Wine tasting at Fairview

Fairview has quite a lot of tastings hosted in two separate tasting venues. The usual tasting room consists of 4 barrel-shaped ‘pods’ friends who stand across the pods assisted by devoted hosts and guides. The usual tasting consists of 6 wines and a choice of cheeses – R40 ($2.50). The grasp tasting is hosted in a separate tasting room the place your group will get a non-public desk. Within the season when it’s busy it is a higher possibility and I’ll suggest reserving forward. The grasp tasting consists of eight wines and a choice of wines and cheeses.- R80 ($5).

Award successful wines – Fairview Primo Pinotage 2017, Fairview Cyril Again 2015 (Shiraz, Fairview), Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2015

Cheese at Fairview

Fairview began making goat cheese in 1980 when Cyril Again bought a herd of milking goats for the farm. It was the primary farm to provide business goat cheese on massive scale in South Africa. Fairview is South Africa’s main producer of artisanal and specialty cheeses and the Fairview goat herd is the biggest business goat herd in Africa. The Fairview Cheesery produces a spread of over 50 cow’s milk and goat’s milk artisanal cheeses. 

The Goatshed Restaurant at Fairview

Scrumptious farm-style consolation meals in a pleasant setting. The cheese platters are top-notch and very talked-about. What makes the restaurant particular is the truth that virtually the whole lot that comes out of the kitchen comes from the farm, the cheese and wine are anticipated, but additionally the top-quality olive oil, free-range eggs, rooster, beef, lamb, and even the beer comes from Fairview!

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