Here's a look at the things you definitely need to do when you in Stellenbosch
Visit Stellenbosch town
The main town in Stellenbosch, which is the second oldest town in Western Cape after Cape Town, is filled with so much history. You get the oldest hotel in South Africa, the Oude Werf, which has managed to keep their original English style feel and also added a cosmopolitan modern feel to all its 58 rooms. Not only is Oude Werf a historical place, but the hotel itself is exquisite with great dining as well.
Stellenbosch University is in the town, so the town has a mix of restaurants, hotels and shops that cater to both the young students and the tourists. So you get boutique style dining, fast foods as well as a craft beer joint. My favourite thing about the town was that people are so laidback and it’s super safe. Cars are parked on the street throughout the night with no fear of theft.
Eat food straight from the farm
I love food, particularly burgers and I can safely say the best burger I have had is the one I had at Eight restaurant at Spier Wine Farm. The beef was fresh as well as the fries and I discovered that was because the meat and everything they serve at Eight is organic. Basically it is from the farm to the table, no genetic modified plants or animals.
Stay at Spier Hotel
Okay, so most times when we book accommodation for holidays one of our main concerns is will it be inclusive and be a hotel that a whole family can enjoy, right? I got my answer at Spier Hotel. The hotel has a family feel without alienating those adults that come without kids. There is a swimming pool and playing yards for the kids. There is also wine tasting, fine dining and art on display for the adults. There is also a really cool scenic running track that I chose to rather walk through as running wasn't part of my holiday plans.
Go sight seeing
In this day and age of Instagram slay queens and kings, we all know how we love those perfect backdrops for pictures and that's what I got when I went on the Jordan Wine Estate Vineyard Tour. I remember at many points during the tour stopping our guide Rueben so I could 'do it for the gram'. The view from Jordan Wine Estate is like no other, you see almost the whole of Cape Town from there. It's magnificent. And because they are on such prime land their vines produce some of the best award-winning wines you will ever taste.
A must see is House of JC le Roux
If you love bubbly this is the place to go to as you will discover JC le Roux varieties you never knew existed. I learnt to Sabrage and I suggest everyone tries it at least once in their lives, it's such a magnetic feeling. It's only a few seconds but you will love the sensation.
Blend your own wine and have a boer braai
Okay, so this is probably one of those things I will definitely go back to do. I got to make my own wine at Middelvlei Wine Estate and after that I had a braai there. I made wine that tasted the way I wanted, got to bottle it and have a personalised label on it. And instead of the usual fancy foods that I had been eating in Stellies, I got to have some real soul food.
Wines that you must definitely try in Stellies
Stellenbosch has a lot of amazing wine farms and of all the ones I went to, these are the ones you should definitely try:
Stellenbosch Vineyards - This estate hosts award-winning wines and has great views. Their prices are also quite affordable.
L'Avenir Wine Estate - Outside of the fact that L'Avenir has some of the best views on Stellenbosch and they have futuristic-looking decor, their wines are exclusive and yummy. They make only 3000 to 3500 of their bottles so getting your hands on their wines is a must.
Avontuur Wine Estate - Even though they are known for their horses, Avontuur also has some of the best wine in the country. And because they are located between Stellenbosch and Somerset West the weather there is so delightful.