Spoiled for choice with over 200 wineries, Stellenbosch is the most popular and the most famous winery region in South Africa. The reason? You can not take a bad picture. Oh and the wine is memorable too.
In an ever changing, highly competitive world of wine, this historical town known as the City of Oaks, founded in 1679 (yes, much older than Australian wineries), located in the Western Cape province, is a hilly region that offers an excellent climate that creates the perfect environment for producing viticulture.
In 1971, the Wine Route was established to allow visitors access to a variety of wineries. Here are just 5 that we have hand-picked to wet the appetite and are a must when visiting the area.
Making of sparkling wine and highly acclaimed, JC Le Roux will add more sparkle and bubbles to your life. The perfect bottle is the Demi-Sec which has pear and litchi as the primary flavours. Imagine sitting in the vineyard eating the local produce and popping a bottle of this fresh beauty.
Luxury wines from one of the oldest proclaimed farms in the region who produce a collection where 85% of products are exported. Known as the market leaders, their devotion and passion is splashed throughout the winery which creates a memorable experience.
The estate has been in the Myburgh family since 1756 and is full of tradition when it comes to winemaking. Definitely walk around the estate and check out the historic manor house and the classic wine cellar of course. Here you will find world-class wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The best time to visit is from February to March to see the grapes harvested.
Nine generations of winemakers have created a solid family legacy where every single guest is treated like a family member. This also comes through in the wine which is deep, rich and full bodied and clearly comes from the mature vineyards. They say everything get’s better with age and it could not be more true as De Waal is renowned for the classic style of its Pinotage wines.
Stunning, boutique winery who are the pioneers of Chardonnay in South Africa. Winner of many awards including the 2016 IWSC GOLD Award and 2017 IWSC SILVER award. The winery offers the most picturesque setting in the Devon Valley showcasing lush vineyards and a charm that is addictive. All grapes are hand-harvested and their range also includes neighbouring vineyard Merlot, Cabernet Savignon grapes to create some spectacular creations.
Best time to visit – Any time of the year is great to visit these wineries but just note that in winter, it does rain a bit.
How to get there – There are plenty of day tours from Cape Town and it’s only a 45 minute drive. If you want to catch the train, you can from Cape Town to the university of Stellenbosch.
Best event – The annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival is in July. Be sure to book a year in advance as this place get’s packed quickly.
Which one of these wineries interests you?