The epicenter of the fabled Cape Wine Route, Stellenbosch offers wine lovers the best of everything- great wines, good food, spectacular wildlife experiences and a friendly atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. While the area offers a plethora of superb destinations, these estates offer the best-of-the-best for discerning travellers, and rank as Go Touch Down Travel and Tour’s favourite wine estates in the area.
Warwick Estate [Big 5 Wine Safari]
The Warwick Wine Experience is like no other. Hop on a jeep with their knowledgeable tour guides, and be introduced to the Big 5 in their natural habitat. No, not lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo; but rather Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinotage and the Sauvignon Blanc! Have fun pairing these famous varieties with their animal equivalents, then be treated to a truly spectacular picnic showcasing the best of South African produce in exquisite surroundings. This family-owned estate offers a different take on the wine experience that will leave you rested, informed and raring to crack another bottle.
There’s a strong argument for Beyerskloof being the most popular Stellenbosch winery over all. Come for a laid back, chill atmosphere and simple [delicious] meals served on their deck overlooking their vineyard. Add a touch of local flair on Saturday afternoons, when the locals swing by to relax and unwind.
Add a touch of history to your tasting experience. Established in 1685, Murati is the oldest wine estate in South Africa. Their tasting room takes you on a walk back in history, inside the old cellar at an ancient family dining table. Visit the original farmstead, complete with an iconic tree planted by the first lady of the estate. Unlike many of the Stellenbosch estates, this is not a large commercial estate, but an intimate family offering with character and history, making for a truly special experience.
Jump from the historical to the ultra-modern. The baby of billionaire jeweler Laurence Graff, this estate is a true gem. Take in the breath-taking jewelry store, or even swing by the boutiques, destination spa and luxury accommodation. Soak in the staggering views of the Stellenbosch Mountains, this is an ultra-elegant experience for any discerning wine lover.
Rust en Vrede
This family-owned estate focuses on top-class Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot red wines. The top choice of Nelson Mandela himself, this award-winning estate boasts a celebrated restaurant, one-of-a-kind farm and atmosphere like no other. Situated within the ‘golden triangle’ of Stellenbosch’s red wine area, this is truly what every wine farm should be- world class, family run and inspired by the vintages they create.
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