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Stay & Play in Stellenbosch this Winter: Embrace the Magic of Wine, Food, and Warm-hearted hospitality

July 2023

Welcome to Stellenbosch, where winter unveils its unique charm, inviting you to indulge in a delightful combination of exquisite wines, mouthwatering cuisine, and heartwarming experiences. While the season may bring cooler temperatures and occasional rain, fear not, for Stellenbosch offers an abundance of sunny, crisp days perfect for exploring the outdoors. Join us as we dive into the art of wintering in Stellenbosch, where you’ll discover five delightful activities to make the most of this cozy season.

Wine Tasting Adventures

Winter is the ideal time to explore Stellenbosch’s renowned Stellenbosch Wine Routes. Venture into the cellars and savour a diverse selection of wines while enjoying the warm hospitality of the local vintners. Some must-visit wine farms include:

Spier Wine Farm: Indulge in award-winning wines while exploring the beautiful surroundings of this historic estate. Don’t miss their signature Winter Wine Pairing combining a selection of organic wines, snacks and soups.

Neethlingshof Wine Estate: Discover the amazing marriage of flavours at Neethlingshof Wine Estate’s Flash Food and Wine Pairing. Indulge your senses with tantalizing dishes expertly matched with their award-winning wines, creating an unforgettable culinary experience that will leave you craving for more.

Yonder Hill Wine Estate:  Yonder Hill Wines soup and wine pairing is the ultimate treat for wine and food enthusiasts seeking a delightful winter experience. This unique offering combines the warmth and comfort of soup with the sophistication of perfectly paired wines all for only R140 per person. So, indulge yourself in this heartwarming goodness.

Culinary Delights

Stellenbosch boasts an impressive culinary scene, with an array of restaurants offering warm, cozy settings and delectable dishes. Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic adventure and relish the region’s finest cuisine. Some noteworthy restaurants to visit are:

De Warenmarkt: Indulge in winter delights with this warming restaurant special! For only R245 per person, savour the best of both worlds. Choose between a tantalising starter paired with a mouthwatering main course, or a delectable main course followed by a heavenly dessert. Don’t miss this culinary experience!

The Vine Bistro at Glenelly:  Savour in the warmth of French cuisine at The Vine Bistro, where they have curated a delightful winter special menu that will transport you to a cozy culinary haven. Enjoy a 2-course meal priced at R345, or indulge in an even more decadent experience with their sumptuous 3-course meal for only R395. Don’t miss this opportunity to treat yourself to an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch Hotel: Immerse yourself in the art of winemaking at Stellenbosch Kitchen! Experience an exquisite evening of culinary delight and wine appreciation with their highly anticipated Winemakers Dinner. On selected dates, join the team for a memorable 3-course menu expertly paired with a selection of exceptional wines for only R485 per person.

Cozy Fireplace Retreats

Embrace the cozy ambiance of Stellenbosch’s accommodations, many of which boast inviting fireplaces that provide the perfect backdrop for a winter getaway. Unwind with a glass of wine as you relax in front of a crackling fire. Consider staying at:

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa: This historic hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites, some featuring their own fireplaces. The elegant surroundings and impeccable service ensure a memorable stay.

Van der Stel Manor: Van der Stel Manor House is a lovingly restored Cape Dutch homestead (1910) within walking distance of Stellenbosch’s charming village centre. Enjoy a sundowner on their rooftop, which offers stunning vistas of the Stellenbosch mountain range. Alternatively, get comfortable in front of the fireplace while relishing a glass of the finest red wine. It is here where you will truly unwind and relax.

Spier Wine Farm: Spier is the place for winter magic: a winelands getaway with a fire at every stop (including your room), hearty food feasts and wonderful winter reds to fill up all your senses. Bicycles to go free-wheeling wherever you like, and wide-open spaces to crunch underfoot. Where nature writes the script and we just observe.

Exploring the Outdoors

Despite the cooler temperatures, Stellenbosch’s natural beauty remains captivating during winter. Put on your walking shoes and embark on scenic hikes, explore the lush vineyards, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the town. Notable outdoor activities include:

Stellenbosch on Foot: Join Stellenbosch on Foot and explore the “village of the oaks” with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants of three centuries.

Bites and Sites Culinary Tours: Excite your taste buds on this walking tour which focuses on fresh, local, sustainably produced and seasonal produce. In addition to its international wine reputation, Stellenbosch is also home to curated, public art exhibitions. During your leisurely walk you will savour the handiwork of both passionate food artisans and celebrated artists in Stellenbosch

Casa Cerveza: Embark on an extraordinary journey with Casa Cerveza Mountain Bike tours and immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of Stellenbosch. Whether you crave a glimpse of the vibrant town or yearn to traverse the breathtaking mountains, their knowledgeable guides will accompany you along the beloved trails. This remarkable adventure is a perfect opportunity for tourists and visitors to discover the Winelands, while locals can indulge in another remarkable avenue to embrace and marvel at the intrinsic beauty that surrounds us all.

Cultural and Historical Experiences

Immerse yourself in Stellenbosch’s rich history and vibrant culture by visiting its museums, art galleries, and historic landmarks. Engage with the local community and gain insights into the region’s heritage. Explore:

Stellenbosch Village Museum: Step back in time and visit four historic houses that provide a glimpse into different periods of Stellenbosch’s history. Experience life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Rupert Museum: Discover a remarkable collection of contemporary South African art at this museum. Explore the works of renowned artists and immerse yourself in the beauty of their creations.

Stellenbosch Art Route: Take a self-guided tour of Stellenbosch’s art galleries, showcasing a variety of local and international artwork. Engage with artists, attend exhibitions, and expand your artistic horizons.

As winter blankets Stellenbosch in its embrace, the town reveals its true essence—a captivating destination where wine, food, and warm hospitality converge. Immerse yourself in the art of wintering and experience the magic of wine tasting adventures, culinary delights, cozy fireplace retreats, outdoor explorations, and cultural experiences. Stellenbosch awaits with open arms, ready to envelop you in its generosity and heartwarming spirit. Plan your winter getaway to this enchanting corner of South Africa and create memories that will warm your heart for years to come.