Is there any better way to enjoy a Winelands getaway than by sitting down to mouth-watering, gourmet dishes and a glass of award-winning wine at every possible mealtime? Definitely – that is, if you throw some local art and culture in there, too! Pick and choose from our 5-day food and art in Stellenbosch itinerary, perfect if your focus is on food, wine, and all things beautiful.
Day 1: Glenelly Estate
The Glass Museum
This popular, French-inspired wine estate is home to French winemaker, May de Lencquesaing’s spectacular glass collection. Housed at the Glenelly Glass Museum, it is one of the biggest and most impressive privately-owned collections in the world. The collection itself pays tribute to May’s life-long passion for rare and contemporary glass and the many attributes that it shares with fine wine. Spanning across a 2000-year history of glassmaking, and featuring rare and intricate pieces by Salvador Dali and Lino Tagliapietra, there is no doubt that exploring the Glass Museum is certain to be a highlight of your trip.
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Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 3pm
The Vine Bistro
Once you’re beaming from ear to ear following your walk through the Glass Museum, why not stop at the Vine Bistro to tuck into some soul food? The menu offers a delightful selection of classic bistro favourites, all with a contemporary twist. Savour the gorgeous views of the foothills of the Simonsberg, as well as the flourishing fynbos garden and vineyards, as you enjoy every single bite of your meal. It’s certainly an ideal start to making the most of food and art in Stellenbosch.
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Tuesday – Sunday Lunch from 12pm – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday Dinner from 6:30pm – 8pm
Day 2: Cavalli Wine Estate
The Art and Light gallery situated on Cavalli Wine Estate seeks to celebrate local talent, featuring sculptures, paintings, and many other thought-provoking works of art that appeal to a variety of different tastes. The underground gallery snagged the regional 2015 Best of Wine Tourism Award for Art and Culture – a true testament to its artistic value and just one of the reasons why it’s often referred to as one of the Winelands’ best kept secrets and hidden gems.
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Wednesday – Sunday from 10am – 6pm.
Spearheaded by Chef Michael Deg, the most notable characteristic of the Cavalli Restaurant is that it’s continually evolving in-sync with the ever-changing seasons. Chef Michael tweaks a couple of dishes on the small, yet awe-inspiring menu every month in order to be able to make the most of the freshest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s offering also takes vegetarian and vegan restrictions into consideration, going the extra mile to ensure everyone who stops by for a meal feels welcome and well catered for.
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Wednesday – Saturday from 8am – 5pm
Sundays, lunch only.
Day 3: Delaire Graff
The Art and Gardens
Marvel at the colourful blossoms and sprawling greenery at The Art and Gardens at Delaire Graff on day 3 of your adventures revolving around food and art in Stellenbosch. The gardens are carefully maintained to reflect the changing seasons and are filled with artworks, sculptures, calming water features, and pools that sparkle in the warmth of the sunlight. Keith Kirsten is the landscape artist, and the gardens and surrounding areas boast masterpieces by a number of well-known South African artists, including Anton and Lionel Smit, Deborah Bell, and Dylan Lewis. All art on display has been sourced from Laurence Graff’s private collection.
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Experience Indo-Asian cuisine at its finest and most flavourful at the estate’s Indochine Restaurant. Virgil Kahn is Head Chef and incorporates local South African influences into the delicious dishes that he creates, with a special focus on Cape Malay classics. Be sure to choose to dine al fresco to make the most of the views of Table Mountain in the distance.
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LUNCH: Monday – Sunday from 12:30pm – 2:15pm (last seating)
DINNER: Monday – Sunday from 6pm – 8pm (7pm last seating for Signature Travel Menu)
Day 4: Muratie
An abbreviation for the Afrikaans modern kontemporêr (modern contemporary) Muratie’s MOK Gallery is focused on building cultural bridges through art. It acts as a platform for artists to communicate various political, cultural, and social messages to the public and is situated in Ansella’s house, dating back to 1685. The gallery features a broad array of different types of art, including charcoal drawings, ceramics, oil paintings, and more.
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Open daily from 10am – 5pm.
Muratie Farm Kitchen
Are you in the mood for unpretentious food that is minimalistic, yet full of flavour? The Muratie Farm Kitchen definitely won’t disappoint. Open primarily for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant specialises in simple, yet mouth-watering meals, from three-egg omelettes to lamb shank and Wagyu beef burgers. You’ll be pleased to discover that there are recommendations listed directly on the menu for specific bottles of wine that best complement each meal choice.
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Wednesday – Sunday
Breakfast from 9am – 11am
Lunch: 11am from 3.30pm
Day 5: Hazendal Estate
Get a closer look at classic Russian art, history, and culture at Marvol Gallery in Hazendal Wine Estate. The gallery features the estate owner’s extensive private collections and celebrates both Russian and South African classic and contemporary pieces. You’ll gaze at popular, original artworks like the oil-on-canvas painting, ‘Sleeping Birches’ by M.D. Shevchenko and ‘St. Prince Daniel of Moscow’.
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Tuesday – Friday from 10am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm
Pivnushka Beer Garden
Sit down to an ice-cold beer in Hazendal’s recently revamped kraal, crafted to resemble a traditional Russian beer garden setting. Sip on your brew of choice as you take in glorious, sunny views of the Bottelary Hills and the distant Simonsberg, and flip through the menu chockfull of Russian and South African delicacies. From jaffles (toasted sandwiches) crisped up on the open fire and coupled with hand-cut potato chips to cheesy, wood-fired Pivnushka pizza, you’re in for a treat!
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Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 9pm (kitchen closes at 8pm)
Sunday from 11:00am – 5pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)
For more information or recommendations, do not hesitate to contact the Visit Stellenbosch Information Centre at 021 886 4310.