One of the best loved destinations in the Cape Winelands
is a charming town with plenty to offer the visitor. more
One of the best loved destinations in the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch is a charming town with plenty to offer the visitor.
Historical white washed buildings and ancient Oak trees line many of the older streets in the central part of Stellenbosch giving it a unique atmosphere, but the students from Stellenbosch University ensure that the town is vibrant and alive. Glorious mountain views surround Stellenbosch and the lower slopes of these are covered with numerous wine estates selling some of the best known South African wines.
One of the biggest delights awaiting you on your Stellenbosch holiday is the variety of foodie products you can try, taste and buy in this region. Your car will be loaded down with local produce when you head home – from fresh fruit bought at farmstalls along the way, to bottles of olives and honey and much more stashed next to the wine you’ll undoubtedly purchase.
Thanks to 22 Die Laan Guest House for providing us with the following information on things to do in and around Stellenbosch.
Art & Culture: Stellenbosch is well known for its wealth of theatre, concerts, museums and works of art from a variety of artisans exhibited in gallerys, art centres or museums through town. The Stellenbosch Festival of Music and The Arts is held annually during September.
Food & Drink: Gastronomique delights await all who visit Stellenbosch. There’s so much to offer the travelling foodie we scarcely know where to begin! Frozen yoghurt from Beyerskloof, honey from Jordan and Delheim, salami from Beyerskloof and coffee from Beyerskloof and Murati – these are just some of the fresh produce you can taste and buy in Stellenbosch.
Then there’s the rest:
Brandy: Visit the following farms for brandy tasting: Avontuur, Bellevue, Bergkelder, Kaapzicht,Louiesenhof, Spier, Tokara, Uitkyk, Van Rhyn
Cheese: Cheese making is big business in Stellenbosch. Visit Simonsberg, Overgaauw and Kanonkop among others.
Grape Juice: Tea totallers need not be left out from enjoying the fruit of the vine. The following farms bottle delicious grape juice on site: Bellevue, Devonvale, Kaapzicht, Koelenhof, L’Avenir, Morgenhof, Skilpadvlei, Vredenheim
Olives: Olives and olive products can be bought at many of the wine farms in Stellenbosch including Asara, Delheim, DelVera, Simonsig and Morgenster. Visit Murati for Olive marmalade.
Unusual wine pairings: Along with the excellent vino, why not try some of these unusual wine tasting experiences offered around Stellenbosch:
Wine & Chocolate at Bilton, Waterford and Zevenwacht; Wine & Biltong / Nut at Stellenbosch Hills; Wine & Ice Cream at Somerbosch; Sparkling Wine & Sorbet at J.C Le Roux; Wine & Nougat at Lourensford.
Wine Route: The Stellenbosch Wine Route is extensive with around 130 farms and estates. Pick 3 or 4 a day – no point in rushing the experiences offered at each! Ask your Guest House or B&B owner for their personal recommendations.
Stellenbosch Fresh Food Market: Still on the food trail, check out this 'slow food' market open every Saturday 9am-2pm at Oude Libertas.
Health & Beauty: Stellenbosch offers the visitor relaxation, pampering and alternative health treatments at a number of spas including those at Alluvia, Clos Malverne, Lanzerac Wine Estate, Spier and Zorgvliet. Purchase lavender oil at De Meye to take home for on-going skin pampering.
Outdoor & Adventure: Fly fishing at Alluvia, Eikendal, Jordan and Ridgemor, horse riding at Mount Rozier, Onderkloof, Overgaauw and Spier; Quad biking at Ridgemor and hiking along numerous trails in the mountains will give nature lovers their fix. Game drives are available at Villeria and Vredenheim.
Our Portfolio of Stellenbosch Accommodation
Whether you're looking for charming historical Boutique Hotel in the centre of Stellenbosch, a quiet B&B in the suburbs or a luxury modern Guest House out of town overlooking the vineyards, Portfolio has the ideal Stellenbosch accommodation for your next Winelands' break.
Stellenbosch is great to visit year round. There is always something happening in this vibrant town - plays, exhibitions, craft markets and the many wine and food related activities. Come summer you can horse ride or take a carriage ride through the winelands and enjoy crisp white wines on green lawns at any of the wine estates, whereas winter is the ideal time for rich reds in front of a roaring fire after a hike through the misty mountains.
Book your Stellenbosch accommodation with Portfolio in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during peak season. A major event each year is the Stellenbosch Wine Festival in July when accommodation can be hard to come by!