Stellenbosch Wine Route

Address: R310, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
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4.4

Combine a visit to any of the estates on the Stellenbosch Wine Route with a lazy lunch.

The Stellenbosch American Express ® Wine Routes (www.wineroute.co.za) represent more than 200 wine and grape producers on five different routes and is understandably rather mindboggling. The routes are chosen according to location, making it easy to plan your day, where you’ll stop for lunch and where you’ll finish off – especially if you’re planning on sleeping in the area. I never leave home for a wine route trip without taking a copy of the famous Platter’s Guide (www.wineonaplatter.com) which covers more than 800 producers throughout the country to help me with my choices – especially at some of the boutique lesser-known spots and, if you’re thinking of buying, almost all cellars will ship anywhere in the world.

Of the five routes, the one that I'd recommend is the Stellenbosch Berg route marked green on the Wine Routes map. This one's got plenty on offer as I'm just as interested in the food that's served at the estates I visit as the fantastic wines. There are restaurants like the award-winning Terroir (on the equally lauded Kleine Zalze estate); Bodega on the Dornier Estate (Dornier Wines, Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch; +27 21 880 0557; www.dornier.co.za), with its ultra modern winery; there's a chance to experience a unique wine and chocolate tasting at nearby Waterford Estate (Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch;+27 21 880 0496; www.waterfordwines.co.za); and, if you're lucky, you'll be able to sample the culinary delights at Rust en Vrede Restaurant (Annandale Road, Stellenbosch; +27 21 881 3757; www.rustenvrede.com), recently voted the number one restaurant in South Africa at the Eat Out Awards (www.eatout.co.za).

Value for money
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90%

Expert tips

If you can, sleep over in the area.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • History

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