A girls’ day out in Stellenbosch
Whether you are sipping on a glass of silky wine at Oldenburg Vineyards or tucking into a hearty gourmet meal at The Vine Bistro at Glenelly Estate’s, you’ll enjoy every second of your girl’s day out in Stellenbosch. Here are our top recommendations.
Food, wine, and a good time!
Have you come primarily for the wine, food and great conversation? Do you perhaps have a penchant for art, a little bit of a sweet tooth, and a desire to admire the refreshing natural beauty of this bustling town? Then this jam-packed girls-breakaway itinerary ticks all of the boxes and more!
Wine tasting at Oldenburg Vineyards
What better way to kick-start the day than by sampling some of Oldenburg Vineyards’ finest wines? Before heading to the tasting room for a treat, be sure to explore the farm and visit its Rondekop. This round hill has a significant influence on the vineyards planted on and around it, and it sets the scene to snap some Insta-worthy #BFF selfies.
What makes wine tasting at Oldenburg Vineyards so popular is the fact that there are a host of different experiences to choose from, and every single one comes with a complimentary platter of tasty nibbles to enjoy in between sips:
- Rondekop Tasting: 1 wine – R120 / 2 wines – R200 / 3 wines – R260 per person
- Oldenburg Vineyards Tasting: Sample a total of 7 wines at just R130 per person.
- 8 Elements Tasting: This tasting option promises a small taste of every other experience. Taste both <CL° blends, two wines of the Oldenburg Vineyards range, as well as your choice of two Rondekop wines at just R240 per person.
- <CL° Tasting: Get a taste of the <CL° White and <CL° Red blends for which the estate is so famous, at just R95 per person.
- Vertical Tasting: Merlot fans will love tasting how the estate’s merlot has developed over time. R400 per person.
- Library Tasting: This tasting revolves around Bordeaux cultivars, including the Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Selection 2009, Merlot 2013, and Cabernet Franc 2013 at R450 per person.
Wine pairing with a twist at Bartinney Wines
Pair some of the estate’s most delectable wines with native fynbos picked fresh from the farmlands. You can expect an explosion of flavour and a memorable experience that will remain a talking point amongst you and your girls for a long time to come. The best part of the fynbos and wine pairing is the fact that it stimulates all of the senses. Taste the unique flavour of the herbs, smell the intoxicating aroma of the wines, feel the soft fynbos leaves in your hands, see the vibrant colours, all while listening to the surrounding birds and creatures going about their day just outside the sizeable tasting shed.
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Lunchtime at Delaire Graff Restaurant
Located just a stone’s throw away from Bartinney Wines, Delaire Graff Restaurant is a firm favourite for those in search of a hearty bistro, soul food experience. Here, classic bistro dishes are served up with a distinct South African flavour. Dine al fresco beneath the towering oak trees as you take in the views of the Simonsberg Peak across the Banghoek Valley. All ingredients used in the kitchen are hand-picked from the estate’s large greenhouse for freshness beyond compare.
If you have some room left for a bit more wine, why not join the onsite wine experts for a tutored wine experience in the cosy wine lounge?
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Fine food at The Vine Bistro @ Glenelly Estate
Alternatively, make your way to The Vine Bistro @ Glenelly Estate for a similar bistro-style lunch. Here, the food is mainly inspired by French cuisine and guests can sit back and savour breath-taking views of the Simonsberg foothills and the expansive vineyards. Once you have eaten your fill, another adventure to enjoy on your girls’ day out in Stellenbosch is a visit to the estate’s Glass Museum – the largest private glass collection in private ownership. The pieces on display are simply stunning, many of which date back to 300 B.C.
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Pesto and Wine Play at Neil Ellis
Did someone say more wine? This summer-ready wine pairing adventure is a feast for the senses and a flavour sensation of epic proportions. Think beetroot and almond pesto and chickpea curry pesto served with pita bread and paired with four delectable wines, including Whitehall Chardonnay and Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon. At R100 per person, this is a girl’s-day-out indulgence that you definitely don’t want to miss!
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High tea at Oude Werf
A girl’s day out simply isn’t complete without something sweet! So, make your way to Oude Werf, the longest running hotel in South Africa, for a laid-back tea party. Here, you’ll be served up a few different cups of tea, such as rose, Earl Grey, and grapefruit tea, along with various hand-picked sugary treats to complement each and every one of them. The hotel is famed for its melt-in-your-mouth cheesecake, buttery shortbread biscuits, and more.
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Toast a glass of champers at Bartinney Wine and Champagne Bar
Round off a splendid day spent with friends with a celebratory glass of champers at the shabby-chic Bartinney Wine and Champagne Bar in the Oude Bank building, central Stellenbosch. Recline in a reclaimed armchair or breathe in the fresh evening air out on the terrace. If you’re in the mood for something savoury following your sugar high at Oude Werf, you’ll be certain to enjoy the diverse selection of meat and cheese boards on offer.
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Where to stay
Bartinney Guest Cottages
Bartinney has brought you plenty of joy today already, so why not spend the night there, too? The interior of the self-catering cottages can be described as ‘farmhouse chic’ and the grounds offer easy access to an array of scenic hiking and running trails. Savour the panoramic views of the Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountain ranges right on your doorstep as you kick back and wind down for the evening.
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The Homestead at Oldenburg Vineyards
The Homestead oozes luxury, hospitality, and has plenty of stories to tell. The building boasts a 200-year history, along with rolling lawns, pristine gardens, olive groves and vineyards. Beautiful verandas serve as stylish areas to entertain or relax. Feel free to take a dip in the crystal-clear swimming pool before bedtime and don’t forget to make use of the exclusive butler service!
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De Zeven Lodge
De Zeven Lodge offers a choice between the pool suites and the Manor House rooms. The former promises views of Banhoek Valley beyond compare, with east-facing rooms and large glass doors that open up onto the guesthouse courtyard. The Manor House rooms revolve around serving up that ultra-luxe getaway. Think silky soft linen, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The lodge also provides guests with the option to indulge in a variety of spa treatments that can be arranged in the privacy of your room or on the pool deck.
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