Located about a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town, is known for its natural beauty and oak-lined avenues, its Cape Dutch architecture, its history and culture – and of course its wine routes.
The Stellenbosch Wine Routes – the largest and oldest in the country – bring together over 200 of the region’s wine and grape producers.
So it was with a team of 13 people that we travelled to Stellenbosch for a wine tasting at several of the region’s renowned estates.
Our first stop was at Glenelly Estate, in a beautiful setting surrounded by vineyards and mountains. 4 wines on the menu with an explanation of each of them, as well as a section on the history of the estate.
For our second stop, we stopped at Toraka Wine & Olive Farm. Same atmosphere as in the previous domain, with, this time, a cheese platter to accompany the tasting.
For our lunch break, we went to Franschhoek, before finishing with a tasting at Haute Cabrière. This estate is a bit different from the two others we had visited before. There is a glass factory and a restaurant where you can have lunch with a view of the mountains. The tasting took place indoors in the caves where the wines are stored.
After this last tasting, we were getting tired so we headed back to Cape Town.
In conclusion, Stellenbosch is a must for wine lovers who are looking for a moment of pleasure and sharing in absolutely magnificent estates !