Getting to Stellenbosch from Cape Town for our wine farm weekend was a breeze. We left Cape Town midmorning on Saturday after a breakfast at the V&A Waterfront bakery, Knead and arrived in Stellenbosch for our Stellenbosch Wine Weekend well before check-in time. We decided to explore one of the oldest wine farms in the area, Blaauwklippen. Luckily enough we were able to do a biltong and wine tasting, which is recommended to be booked beforehand. It was a delicious experience for both the local and international palate. A good start of our Stellenbosch wine weekend.
What a beautiful setting. The old Cape Dutch houses have been magnificently decorated and modernised. For a seemingly small wine estate, this farm has a lot to offer. One of the managers took us around to show us the rooms and help us get settled in.
We had a relaxing lunch and wine tasting. They specialise in Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and both a blush and brut MCC. The staff are all friendly and have great antidotes to share about the farm and the area.
Overlooks the whole wine valley
A short drive to the top of the mountain is the beautiful Tuscan inspired wine farm Uva Mira. Named after a constellation of stars, once you taste the wine you will understand why. It is a true gem of a wine estate. The tasting room overlooks the whole valley which is even beautiful on a misty day. We sat inside next to a roaring fire and experienced the rare occurrence of almost having the place to ourselves. Our sommelier was incredible, she lived in the valley her whole life and her love for the area and the wine was clear.
A bit of R&R on our Stellenbosch Wine Weekend.
After three wine tasting, we were exhausted. We made our way back to the comfort of the room at Webersberg for a well-deserved rest. As determined as we were to tick off another wine estate our bodies needed a good meal and even better nights sleep. Our sommeliers recommended a local restaurant for some comfort food. Then back to the room for one of the best nights sleep I have ever had.
Breakfast at Webersberg
The breakfast at Webersberg was delicious with a wide variety of meats, cheeses, fruit, bread and pastries. Accompanied by fresh juice and coffee. We thought we were in heaven, and then it got better with a choice of hot breakfasts, anything from french toast to a full English. What a way to end our stay.
Famous wine estates in Stellenbosch
While packing our bags, after our Stellenbosch Wine Weekend, we wished the weekend could last a little longer. With so many world famous wine estates in Stellenbosch, we could not leave without a visit to the estate famous for being the wine of choice at Mandela’s coronation. Rust en Vrede is a beautiful wine estate in Hidden Valley. The wine tasting takes place under the trees overlooking the vineyards. What luck the sun came out for our visit. The wine was delicious and estate oozes elegance and prestige.
Back at the V&A Waterfront
We had a wonderful weekend in Stellenbosch and were not looking forward to Monday. Although we were not that hungry when we got back to Cape Town we decided to find a place to have a light meal. We happened upon Willoughby’s, with a long queue of people waiting to be seated we were convinced it would be a good choice. While waiting we were offered a taster of wine, it was such a classy touch.
The menu is every fish lovers dream, it has such a wide variety from sushi to classic fish and chips. We decided to share some sushi and of course a bottle of wine. I have heard many good things about the Chardonnay in Hermanus, so we chose a bottle of Southern Right Chardonnay to accompany our Salmon Grenades. Our minds were blown. The wine was excellent and we have decided to plan a trip to Hermanus in the future. The Grenades were incredible, this is a must. We decided that every time we come to Cape Town we will treat ourselves to this delicious experience.
I highly recommend a Stellenbosch Wine Weekend.
Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards
Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards is situated in the coastal region of South Africa, an area that boasts some of the oldest soils in the world. Evidence of this lies in the tall, weathered mountains that grace the surrounding landscape and the Helderberg Mountain Range against which our vineyards nestle.
Webersburg Wine Estate
Webersburg warmly invites you to its elegantly restored Cape Dutch homestead and boutique winery which is nestled against the slopes of the Helderberg mountains in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine lands.
Rust en Vrede
First to specialize in the exclusive production of red wine only, Rust en Vrede is now South Africa’s Premium red wine Estate. Our full-bodied, new-oak matured wines are a manifestation of the supremacy of the Stellenbosch region when it comes to the making of truly great red wines.
Potpourri Wine Tasting Tour in Stellenbosch
This tasting program introduces young and old wine estates and wine making styles across the spectrum from light crisp wines to complex and robust red blends. We learn about South African wines as well as how to pair wine with food. Your guide Jim, is South African, he speaks English and Swedish and is a certified tourist guide for all 9 provinces for history, culture and nature as well.Wine trips1 Day(s)
Garden Route away from the crowds
The Garden Route is an iconic South African destination. However some places are rather crowded and, to be honest, more tourist traps than fantastic experiences. In this itinerary, we’ve excluded these and focussed on the things that the Garden Route does best: exceptional nature experiences, good food & wine and unusual wildlife. You will explore both well-known destinations and hidden gems. All accommodation is 3-4 star and picked for its unique locations as well as comfort.On your own9 Day(s)