Treat yourself to the ultimate luxury when you wine and dine in Stellenbosch
Chockfull of art, culture, romance, and some of the most spectacular views in South Africa, it is no wonder Stellenbosch is the destination of choice for those in search of luxurious living. And don’t forget the silky wine and decadent gastronomic adventures that await. Let’s dive right in and explore how best to wine and dine in Stellenbosch whether you are visiting solo, as a couple or a family.
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Vinegar tasting at Rozendal
When you arrive with the intention to wine and dine in Stellenbosch, your first instinct is likely to visit the nearest wine estate for a luxurious tasting experience. However, the reality is that Stellenbosch has a lot more to offer than award-winning wine! Why not mix it up a bit with a mouth-watering vinegar tasting at Rozendal? Believe it or not, the original owner of this farm intended to start a career in wine-making until he found that his Bordeaux harvest contained a bit too much volatile acidity – a flaw which led him to change direction and focus on vinegar making instead.
Nowadays, the raw, artisanal vinegar produced here is so delicious, it’s good enough to drink neat, providing a number of health benefits in the process, such as restoring the pH balance in the body. Treat yourself to a botanical vinegar tasting experience before heading out into the spacious animal paddocks for some fresh air and some quality time with the resident llamas, horses and pigs.
Russian Tea Experience at Hazendal
Learn more about Russian culture, wellbeing and hospitality by taking part in a Russian tea ceremony at Hazendal. Sample a few traditional brews, sweetening them up with a small dollop of Varenye (Russian jam), as you sit back, relax and savour the glorious nature that surrounds you. Along with lots of warm cups of tea, you will also be treated to a generous spread of traditional Russian snacks and baked goods, as well as beluga caviar if you are willing to pay a bit extra.
Wine drive safari at Waterford Estate
Take in the immense beauty of the 120-hectare Waterford Estate and the Helderberg Mountain on an unforgettable vineyard safari. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and passionate guide who will provide insights into what makes the region so biologically diverse and viticulturally unique.
You’ll sample some of the estate’s finest wines along with few light snacks, hand-picked by experts to complement the wine. From there, you will take a slow, scenic drive back to the estate’s tranquil tasting room, where you can delight in a decadent chocolate and wine pairing experience.
Where to eat
Boasting stunning views and modern décor, Cavalli is a luxurious retreat where foodies go to savour ‘everyday gourmet’ favourites. All of the items on the menu are flavourful, fresh, whole foods that are prepared in a way that honours the seasons. The chef himself forages daily in the heirloom vegetable garden for his organic ingredients. Craving something specific? Then opt to dine from the a la carte menu. Looking for something tried and trusted? Then you can’t go wrong with the seasonal set menus on offer.
Overture is a signature chef restaurant with Bertus Basson at the helm. Like most restaurants in the area, it promises incredible views, a warm and inviting atmosphere and, of course, excellent food with a proudly South African twist. The restaurant is frequently awarded accolades from the Eat Out Guide and the Rossouw’s Restaurant Guide and promises world-class service from the moment you walk through the door – perfect for the ultimate wine and dine in Stellenbosch getaway!
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GÅTE Restaurant at Quoin Rock
This sought-after restaurant at Quoin Rock Winery re-opened its doors in November 2020 with a stronger focus than ever on fine dining comprising of the freshest local ingredients. Not only are the ingredients sourced from various farms around the town, but they are also sourced from Quoin Rock wine estate itself. Think fragrant fynbos, raw honey, Wagyu beef and fresh herbs and vegetables harvested from the flourishing Quoin Rock nursery.
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Quoin Rock Signature Picnics
If you would prefer a more outdoorsy luxe-dining experience, the Quoin Rock Signature Picnics, which can be enjoyed underneath a private picnic pergola, might be a more suitable choice. Tuck into a pre-packed basket over-flowing with artisanal butters, dips, pâtés, and a freshly baked French baguette. Investigate further and you will also find a wholesome smoked salmon wrap, a mouth-watering poke bowl, and a salad made up of feta, mixed baby leaves, and butternut.
Where to stay
Keen to wine and dine in Stellenbosch? These establishments tick all the boxes in terms of rest, relaxation and pure luxury!
Revel in luxury when you stay at Majeka House on Houtkapper Street. Choose from stunning poolside rooms, mountain view rooms, garden view rooms, or premier rooms. Lounge around next to the pool, treat yourself to some pampering with the complimentary Moya body products, and get buzzed on a creamy cup of coffee using the in-room Lavazza coffee machine. You should also be sure to set aside some time in between your wining and dining exploits to explore the onsite spa, which features a sauna, steam room, gym, jacuzzi and heated pool.
Quoin Rock Manor House
Who wouldn’t want to wind down with mesmerising views of Table Mountain and the Simonsberg Mountain as a stunning backdrop? The Quoin Rock Manor House is a quiet, luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, boasting perfectly manicured gardens, a sparkling swimming pool, and an opulent, yet cosy lounge with a large gas fireplace ideal for pre- or post-dinner drinks. If you are visiting Stellenbosch in the winter, you will also be pleased to discover that all bedrooms and bathrooms come with underfloor heating for maximum comfort.