Stellenbosch is littered with Cape Dutch history – from its name, referring to early settler Simon van der Stel, to the awe-inspiring Cape Dutch houses and centuries-old wine farms it is so well-known for. More than 150 wine estates in the region produce spectacular red and white wines, and the region consistently boasts excellent vintages of South Africa’s own unique wine varietal, Pinotage – a cross between Pinot Noir and Hermitage. A visit to the Stellenbosch wine route is a Cape Town bucket list experience.
Stellenbosch wine estate Delaire Graff boasts multiple luxury lodges, complete with a revitalising spa and contemporary dining experiences. Slow ripening seasons, made possible by cooler Atlantic winds and warm rocky soil, means that Delaire Graff produces some of the best wines in the region.
A soulful union of art, wine and lifestyle, Tokara is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. Tokara’s many attractions include a restaurant, delicatessen, wine tasting room, striking sculpture garden and its own renowned estate olive oil.
Steeped in a history dating to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek valley, Lanzerac is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Just outside town, the estate boasts many visitor experiences: an acclaimed restaurant, casual delicatessen, luxury day spa and an award-winning wine selection.
Offering incredible wines, craft gin tastings and both casual and gourmet dining options, Asara wine estate and hotel is not to be missed when discovering the Stellenbosch wine route. A mere 4 kilometres out of town, the farm has stunning views and a tranquil atmosphere.
Established in the 1600s, Blaauwklippen is one of Stellenbosch’s oldest estates. For a truly South African experience their authentic Cape “mosbolletjie” (sweet bun) and wine tasting is imperative, but their classic wine archive, cellar tour, wine tastings and bistro are not to be missed either.
Waterford Estate offers a myriad of things to do on Stellenbosch’s wine route: wine drives through the vineyards, the Porcupine Trail wine walk, premium wine tasting, wine and chocolate pairings, and a unique approach to winemaking.
Looking out over a glistening dam and lush vineyards, L’ Avenir Estate is a country lodge offering assorted outdoor activities like biking and trail running through the vineyards. The farm’s mountainous location, rich soil, gentle rains and abundant sunshine make it ideal for cultivating Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, although they also produce excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Méthode Cap Classique.
Calling themselves “Cabernet Sauvignon specialists”, Alluvia creates modern, boundary-pushing wines that have earned it many international accolades. With ultra-premium sites and self-catering houses, this Stellenbosch wine farm also offers golf tours, fly fishing, personalised wine tasting experiences, hiking, picnics, mountain biking and more.
A place of expansive vistas, tranquil groves, hidden paths and lush vegetation, the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden contains more than 60 of the renowned artist’s works carefully placed in the curated alcoves and stretched-out planes of a seven-hectare indigenous garden. The 4km garden walk allows you to not only experience Lewis’ dramatic artworks up close but appreciate the sights, smells and sounds of region’s biodiverse flora as well.
Family-owned Jordan Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, has been transformed to become one of the leading estates in South Africa. Featuring a wine tasting centre, luxury accommodation, a delicatessen-style bakery and a world-class restaurant where visitors can relax and enjoy fine Cape wines and local Cape fare surrounded by breath-taking views of the vineyards.
Please note that these prices include a one-way flight to the specified destinations and entitles you to the private use of a helicopter. Prices are valid until 31 December 2021.
Please note that these prices include two hours waiting on ground time and the return flight. It entitles you to the private use of a helicopter. Prices are valid until 31 December 2021.
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