I’m writing this with a smile on my face thinking of the most wonderful week that I was just lucky enough to have in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Many people know that South Africa produces some incredible wines but fewer know about Stellenbosch and how it’s a beautiful place to visit with lots to do besides indulge in said wines. That said, to visit Stellenbosch and not sample as much of the splendid local wines as possible would be a real shame.
Below are some photos with short captions which will give you an idea of what’s awaiting in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Something I really liked about being based in Stellenbosch was that it was very close to Cape Town so international accessibility was easy and close to so many other beautiful areas besides the big city. It’s nice to be close yet still away from the hustle and bustle to properly slow down, enjoy a glass of wine and smell the flowers.
This shot is from a Sunday wine tasting at Peter Falke Wines, there are over 150 wine farms and estates in Stellenbosch; something for every taste.
The Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden is a peaceful place in the heart of Stellenbosch. It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax feeling miles away from it all without leaving town.
The Dutch Cape Architecture which is prominent throughout Stellenbosch is inspiring to say the least. It’s a reminder of a time when people put lots of care and attention to detail in the buildings in which they resided. There are plenty of wonderful colonial homes in Stellenbosch.
The course at Erinvale Golf Club designed by the legendary Gary Player is immaculate and situated on a picturesque estate a short drive away in Somerset West.
A wine safari at Jordan Wine Estate is the perfect blend of safari and wine tasting. You’ll learn about the area and of course, the wines.
Mushroom foraging at Delheim Wine Estate is a wonderful way to get to know the estate and the people behind the wine before a meal, tasting or both.
The beef above literally melted in my mouth; the evening spent at Terroir Restaurant was one to remember; the atmosphere, the food and the wine are not to be missed.
The guided bike tour with Adventure Shop gave us a brief history of Stellenbosch and showed us places we’d normally never see. Also, there are some incredible trails surrounding town enticing the adventure and fitness enthusiast into mountain biking or running.
Naturally, taking a helicopter tour over Stellenbosch will change your perspective of the place. The town is surrounded by mountains and a nature lover’s dream. We took this tour with NAC Helicopters from the Delaire Graff Estate.
Chocolate and wine, two things which most people wouldn’t refuse; combine the two and it’s simply divine. The Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Lanzerac Wine Estate won’t disappoint.
These are just some of the things you can do when you’re in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to experience what I did on this trip. The wines, the people, the scenery, all of it was wonderful and it was in Autumn which I recommend. The weather was near perfect 90% of the time and without the volume of peak season, we were given a special level of attention which naturally, was most appreciated.
In closing, I’d like to thank the fine people from iambassador, Destinate and all the other partners for making this Stellenbosch Experience campaign possible. Naturally, all opinions are my own as they always have been and always will be.