Wine tasting in Stellenbosch

Navigating the Five Stellenbosch Wine Routes

When heading to the Western Cape, there is one activity that should make everybody’s itinerary – wine tasting in Stellenbosch. This magnificent town has a bit of everything, from vibrant bars and clubs thanks to the university, to historic landmarks due to Stellenbosch being the second oldest town in South Africa.

If you can mark out a few days to really explore the area, it would certainly be worthwhile as touring Stellenbosch, Paarl and other surrounding wine regions certainly requires more than one day.

Here are the five sub-routes that make up this magnificent stretch of vineyards, as well as some of their most popular estates.

Bottelary Hills:

This sub-route of Stellenbosch boasts 18 magnificent wine farms. Try the likes of Beyerskloof to sample some of the most amazing red wines or head to the magnificent Bellevue Estate. A stop at the Bottelary Hills Wine Centre is also a smart move to find out about everything on offer along this sub-route.

Greater Simonsberg:

Your choices significantly increase on this sub-route, with no less than 34 wineries located here. The Alluvia Specialist Winery is an award-winning estate that also boasts world-class, luxury accommodation. Delheim is a favourite among the locals while Kanonkop Wine Estate is one of South Africa’s leading red wine producers.

Helderberg:

The gigantic Helderberg sub-route has 43 wineries on show, all of them offering a unique tasting experience. Visit Ernie Els Wines, an estate owned by The Big Easy, arguably South Africa’s most famous golfer. A number of prestigious and older estates also call this route home, from Kings Kloof to Lourensford.

Stellenbosch Berg:

A slightly smaller stretch, this sub-route boasts 18 wineries. Blaauwklippen offers stunning views and a comfortable tasting room on the slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain, and is also one of the oldest wine farms in the country. Lanzerac is also a farm to take note of, being the home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage.

Stellenbosch Valley:

This part of Stellenbosch offers 39 wineries. Die Bergkelder is a highly popular estate which is the home of Fleur Du Cap wines while The House of JC Le Roux is South Africa’s leading producer of sparkling wines and a must for those who love a little bubbly!

Now that you know your way around, take those leave days and head off to the Western Cape.Just one other tip, you may want to pack a few more headache tablets for those ‘bright and noisy’ mornings after…