I don’t believe that Stellenbosch itself needs any kind of introduction. A mere 45-minute drive from the Mothercity, South Africa’s second-oldest town in the Cape Winelands is home to one of the best universities in South Africa, and is as rich in history as it is in wine. I’ve been living in Stellenbosch for three years now, and I think it’s safe to claim that it’s oak-ridden streets host some of the best food, wine bars and art galleries in South Africa.
With that being said, to plan your “visit Stellenbosch” escapade can be a bit overwhelming, but luckily I had the privilege to fall in love with this town all over again with a two-day play-and-stay adventure. So without further ado, you can find your complete itinerary below:
Start off your day with an Art on Foot walk
R280.00 for 2 ½ hours, booking on stellenboschonfoot.co.za
I’ve seen few things as beautiful as the morning light shining through the oak trees on a sunny day in the Winelands. Appreciate this with a walking tour through the streets of Stellenbosch, making your way through numerous galleries and historical buildings. Here you will meet some inspiring artists, and learn interesting facts about Stellenbosch’s rich history.
On this tour, you will catch a glimpse of the Masked Masterpieces scattered around town. This compelling art initiative was sponsored by private individuals and companies to support Stellenbosch University students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indulge in a tea and cake pairing at the Oude Werf Hotel
R115.00 per person 12:00 – 16:00 (Booking essential for groups larger than five)
Now this is a tasting fit for the queen. Upon arrival, you are greeted with a glass of homebrewed iced tea while you are being seated in the lovely hotel garden. The Dilmah Tea Pairing consists of four teas, each carefully selected to go with a sweet treat to compliment the flavours:
Earl Grey – Shortbread biscuit
Raspberry & Coconut – Coconut slice
Chocolate, Almond, Ginger & Turmeric – Chocolate slice
Tangerine, Rose & Grapefruit – Cheesecake
As someone who’s not really a fan of any kind of tea and has a lack of a sweet-tooth, this was a one-of-a-kind experience. The Chocolate, Almond, Ginger & Turmeric tea was my absolute favourite, and I would recommend this experience to anyone who are looking for something different.
Wine and chocolate pairing or lunch at Lanzerac
R125.00 for the Wine and Chocolate tasting, lunch ranging between R75.00 and R115.00
Not only is Lanzerac famous for its luxurious spa facilities, rich history and amazing scones, but over the years they earned their spot as a top gourmet dining destination in the Winelands. Lanzerac Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the Jonkershoek mountain, surrounded by beautiful greenery.
Before a light lunch at the Lanzerac deli, why not treat yourself to a wine and chocolate pairing. This tasting consists of five premium wines, each paired with a carefully selected artisanal chocolate. I would recommend that you keep an eye on the weather though, the Stellenbosch heat paired with melted chocolate and red wine is not for the faint of heart.
For lunch you can choose between something from their all-day breakfast menu (I would highly recommend the eggs benedict) or a light meal like their Deli Beef Burger, Moroccon Chicken Wrap or Buddha Bowl, to name a few.
Experience the vino of Stellenbosch with the Vine Hopper Tour
R250.00 per person (current special), booking essential
There’s no better way to experience Stellenbosch than to taste the wines this region is so famous for. With the Vine hopper, there’s no need to drink and drive, you can enjoy yourself thoroughly at every wine farm, minus the guilt! Due to COVID-19 regulations, the Eastern Route is currently not running, but there are more than enough wine farms on both the Southern and Northern Routes to have a day you won’t forget anytime soon.
This hop-on-hop-off tour lets you visit 6 wine farms from your chosen route between 09:00 and 17:00, all in your own time. This can include tastings and a light lunch. We did a half-day trip of the Northern Route which included tastings at Simonsig, L’Avenir, Beyerskloof, and a delicious lunch at the latter.
If you choose the Northern Route, you will see spectacular views of the Winelands and have some great lunch options at Beyerskloof, Warwick and Delheim. This route operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Southern Route operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and it offers something for the brandy lovers as well: a trip to the Van Rhyn Brandy Cellar. Spier, Haskell, Neethlingshof and Kleine Zalze are some of the wine farms that you will be able to visit on this route.
Have dinner at the famous small-plate restaurant – Spek & Bone
R315.00 per person for three first courses and four second courses, booking on bertusbasson.com
Tucked away behind Oom Samie se Winkel in Dorp Street, chef Bertus Basson opened a wine bar and restaurant hybrid which soon became one of THE hot-spots in Stellenbosch. This small plates eatery was inspired by his pets, a pig named Spek and a puppy named Bone (goals, I know).
We had the full menu, but shared it between two people per portion, and it was more than enough. But let me tell you, when they brought out the gnocchi we just had to order another round for everyone. We even paid their kitchen a visit to see what the secret ingredients are, but we unfortunately went home without the recipe (guess we’ll need to return for more soon). If you are looking for a vibey place with delicious food and a wide range of wines, you will definitely find all of the above at Spek & Bone.
Wind down in luxury at the Eendracht Hotel
Book your stay on eendracht-hotel.com
After a full day of walking, eating and drinking wine, the fresh linen of a hotel room screams your name. The Eendracht Hotel is a luxurious establishment in upper Dorp Street, in the heart of the oldest part of Stellenbosch, and within walking distance to all your favourite restaurants, wine bars and art galleries. Upon arrival, you are greeted by friendly staff who show you to one of the 13 en-suite bedrooms where you will spend the night.
On 21 October 2020, the hotel also opened its new restaurant – Senobia’s. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast and lunch every day, where they dish up wholesome South African cuisine.
Whether you decide to relax in your room, explore the surrounding area, or sip on a sundowner by the pool, the Eendracht hotel is a unique and special place where you can unwind after a jam-packed day.
Now, more than ever, the tourist industry needs our help. And what better way to show your support than to book your next getaway to the beautiful town of Stellenbosch?
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