Wine hopping for foodies on these delicious Stellenbosch wine tours
When you visit Stellenbosch, there’s certain to be one goal in mind – sipping on as many glasses of award-winning wine from the local vineyards as possible! The great news is that Vine Hopper offers two jam-packed Stellenbosch wine tours to choose from, each promising a diverse and delicious selection of wines and plenty of gourmet nibbles to satisfy both your taste buds and your tummy.
What to expect from Vine Hopper wine tours in Stellenbosch
Day 1 / Route 1
The Northern Route
In the mood for breathtaking views of the sprawling winelands and Table Mountain looming beautifully in the distance? Keen for a balance between wonderful wine and foodie flair? Then the Vine Hopper Northern Route Stellenbosch wine tour is for you. This popular tour operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with five departure times to choose from: 9:45, 10:50; 12:10; 13:20; 14:30. You will be able to visit up to five of the following wine farms in a single day, but can opt to split them up evenly over a two-day period, too.
The Beyerskloof name is synonymous with Pinotage, hence the reason why the estate is often referred to as ‘The Home of Pinotage’. It is best-known for – you guessed it – its bold-flavoured Pinotage, as well as its onsite restaurant’s signature dish: The Pinotage Burger. Visitors at the estate are encouraged to grab the opportunity to indulge in a leisurely tasting session, of which there are four options ranging from R40 per person – R400 per person. Sit outdoors and savour the floral-fragranced spring or summer breeze or cuddle up in front of the fireplace, glass in hand, during wintertime. Round off the visit by grabbing some padkos in the form of Pinotage Salami on your way out of the tasting room!
Simonsig is a third-generation family-owned and managed wine estate in Stellenbosch. It offers guests five different tasting options spanning from R75 per person – R120 per person. Choose your tasting option based on the types of wine that you would most like to sample. If you’re hungry, you will also have the chance to order your choice of artisanal charcuterie or cheese platters from the tasting room during your session. All aspects of each platter have been carefully hand-picked to complement the wine swirling inside your glass.
Warwick is where award-winning wine and gourmet picnics come together. Settle down in the forest courtyard for a laid-back lunch on the lush lawns right beneath the shade of the trees. The picnic baskets are packed with freshly picked, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients and work well with all of the estate’s best-loved wines. Wine tasting is also available, where guests will sip and savour six wines each. The standard tasting costs R50 per person and exclusive tasting costs R100 per person. If you’ll be visiting in 2021, be on the lookout for the all-new Warwick Vineyard Safari, set to take you on a scenic mountain journey through the abundant vineyards.
Delheim is where you go to satisfy your sweet tooth. The estate is famous for its bespoke cupcake and wine pairing experience, costing just R150 per person from Thursdays – Mondays at 11:00 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 16:00. Think honeybush cupcakes paired with Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie, rooibos cupcakes paired with Delheim Pinotage, and many more matches made in heaven. The wine farm also offers standard wine tastings at R85 per person for five wines, along with an interesting cellar tour.
Sip on your wine outdoors while taking in the mesmeric beauty of the Stellenbosch mountains when you spring for a premium or reserve tasting at Remhoogte (R60 per person and R90 per person, respectively). Beer fans are often surprised and thrilled to discover that Remhoogte is also famous for its craft beers, including its Wild Beat Beer, which is made by hand and available by bottle from the tasting room. Enhance your tasting experience with flatbread before finishing off with a leisurely stroll through the farm’s wildlife camp – home to zebra, springbok and wildebeest.
L’Avenir is celebrated for its stunning tasting room, inspired by elegant, yet homely French bistro culture. There are two wine tasting experiences to choose from, including the Provenance tasting (R60 per person for five wines) and the exclusive Single Block Experience (R80 per person for three wines). Maximise the adventure with a cellar tour, treat yourself to a cheese and wine pairing, or awaken your inner child with a game of giant Jenga in the garden.
Day 2 / Route 2
The Southern Route
Do you fancy more diversity when it comes to the wine farms that you visit on your Stellenbosch wine tour? Then the Vine Hopper Southern Route wine tour is the one for you. On this hop-on hop-off exploit, you will explore a diverse collection of wine farms, including larger, well-known wine estates and smaller, more private farms. The Southern Route Vine Hopper Stellenbosch wine tour operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with departure times at 8:45, 9:30; 11:00; 12:30; 13:50; 15:00.
Those interested in exploring architecture on their visit to Stellies will marvel at the beauty of Neethlingshof estate. This is where you will find some of the most perfectly preserved and restored traditional Cape Dutch buildings, responsible for enveloping the estate in a sense of old-world charm. When organising your tasting, you will get to choose between the Estate Range (R60 per person for five wines) and the Short Story Collection (R92 per person for five wines), or a combination of both. Cellar tours can be included at an extra cost, and there is the option of indulging in various pairings. The flash food and slow wine pairing includes bite sized nibbles hand-crafted by the chef, while the chocolate truffle and wine pairing is ideal for those in search of a sugar rush!
The Spier wine farm boasts a fascinating history and is known for its sustainable approach to winemaking. Explore the vineyard via Segway, sit down and savour a picnic basket prepared by the onsite deli, or stroll through the craft market. Finish off your explorations with a wine tasting, ranging from R50 – R90 per person, and a cheese, olive, or charcuterie platter on the shady stoep as you relax and appreciate the surrounding mountains and dam. If your stomach is still growling, head to the farm’s famed Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery for smoked meats that will have your mouth watering long before your plate even reaches the table!
Looking for a lip-smacking wine pairing with a twist? You cannot go wrong with Alto’s biltong and wine pairing. Not only is the uniquely flavoured biltong delicious, but you will have the opportunity to savour every bite with the Helderberg Mountain as the backdrop! Alto also offers a selection of four different wine tastings, costing between R50 – R90 per person, along with access to a decadent cheese platter piled with three creamy cheeses, biltong, freshly-picked fruit, and flavourful preserves.
Known for its luxurious accommodation and its Long Table Restaurant, Haskell is every tourist’s and local’s go-to for velvety wine and great food. There are two wine tasting options available, including the Lifestyle Tasting at R50 person, which comprises of four Dombeya wines and one Haskell wine, and the Premium Tasting at R70 per person, which comprises of three Haskell wines and one Dombeya wine. Throw in some nibbles with your wine pairing and tuck into four small tasters along with your drinks.
Sit down underneath the shady, ancient oak trees in this cosy, family-owned nook of a wine farm and savour some of its finest creations. Wine tastings are varied, and the surrounding views are supreme. Keep an eye out for the new restaurant, set to open its doors in early 2021.
Where to stay
You’ll find this quaint, three-star hotel situated on Dorp Street, the oldest street in Stellenbosch. All of the rooms boast a mini bar, and there is a special ladies’ bar and lounge onsite. The hotel has a room that is wheel-chair friendly and it offers free Wi-Fi and an airport shuttle service to its guests.
The Stellenbosch Hotel is another three-star boutique-style hotel with apartments that have fully-equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi and room service. It is well-known for its delicious “pasture-to-plate” restaurant, the Stellenbosch Kitchen.
Oude Werf Hotel
Nestled in the heart of Stellenbosch in Church Street, Oude Werf Hotel is the oldest running hotel in South Africa! It boasts free high-speed Wi-Fi, a Nespresso coffee maker and pods, and pamper goodies in each and every room. It is also possible to book in-room spa treatments after a long day of exploring.
Restaurants within walking distance
After a wonderful wine tasting, you’ll be looking forward to a hearty meal and good company. Luckily, there are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance of all three of the accommodation options listed above.
Java Bistro & Co.
Java serves up a selection of bistro-style food and is located in Church Street. It is best known for its comfort-food breakfasts, tapas, pizza, sandwiches, and pasta. Open from Monday to Sunday from 9am – 9pm.
Fill up on saucy gourmet burgers, creamy pasta dishes and spicy Malay curry as you wash it all down with espresso-based coffees of international standards! Open seven days a week and also situated on Church Street.
Take advantage of the ‘no corkage fee’ policy at Hussar Grill if you purchased a fine bottle of wine during your Stellenbosch wine tour. The restaurant can be found on Plein Street, is celebrated for its award-winning specialty steaks, and is currently ranked as one of South Africa’s best restaurants and steakhouses according to TripAdvisor.
The Fat Butcher on Van Riebeeck Street is a premium steakhouse restaurant offering a host of signature dishes, such as skaapstertjies, lamb shank, and roast chicken, as well as a proudly-Stellenbosch wine cellar.