- Tour: Stellenbosch Discovery
- Meals: B, L
Stellenbosch, known for its bold Shiraz, is the most developed winelands in South Africa and home to the important wine university, University of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is to South African wine much like Napa is to Californian wine. The region is mostly hilly terrain and a Mediterranean climate with warm and dry growing seasons. The variety of soils in the region in combination with its location at the foot of the Cape Fold Mountain range gives Stellenbosch a favorable terroir for viticulture. Some of the best Shiraz and indigenous Pinotage are produced here along with Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
This morning, meet your guide for a day of discovery in the Stellenbosch winelands and explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.
Begin your day at De Trafford, a family-owned and operated vineyard tucked away deep in a hidden valley. Hike up to the 393 Vineyard at where their flagship wine Elevation is grown, before returning to the cellar for a special tasting.
Next, continue on to the Polkadraai hills where you’ll be welcomed for a visit and tasting at De Toren. Here you will taste the iconic De Toren Délicate, De Toren Z, De Toren Fusion V and De Toren’s iconic flagship wines Book XVII and Black Lion.
The tastings can be interspersed with a historical walk in the centre of Stellenbosch, appreciating the classic Cape Dutch architecture or a visit to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. You’ll be treated to lunch at a nearby winery.
As you return back toward Franschhoek, you may want to stop in at Boschendal or Babylonstoren, two organic farms that are popular winelands destination stops. Arriving in Franschhoek, stop for a tasting at Mullineux and Leeu where you’ll taste through the Mullineux range, from young guns Chris and Andrea Mullineux (time permitting).
As the afternoon concludes you will be brought to your accommodation.