If one day in Stellenbosch conjures images of places filled with drunken students in your mind then we’ve got to rectify that. I was recently invited to experience some of what the Stellenbosch Wine Route has to offer (as part of their ‘A to Z of Stellenbosch’ campaign) and can happily report that no inebriated youths were encountered. So now that we’ve gotten that fear out of the way, I bring to you a two day Stellenbosch itinerary – everything within close proximity to each other so you won’t need to worry about spending a small fortune on getting around Stellenbosch either.
What to expect on a 2 day Stellenbosch itinerary
Now I don’t think the problem is ‘what to do in Stellenbosch’, it’s rather a question of where to start exploring when on a Stellenbosch day trip because there’s just so much to do! And of course when in the Cape Winelands, it’s compulsory to go wine tasting in Stellenbosch otherwise you were never really there now were you. Therefore this 48hr Stellenbosch itinerary will mainly be centered around unique tastings and all things fabulous wine. Let’s go on a Stellenbosch tour!
MCC and Nougat pairing at the House of J.C. Le Roux
We all know special occasions in South Africa are not complete without a bottle of sparkling J.C. Le Roux. You can get to know more about this much loved wine brand with one of their tasting experiences at the House of J.C. Le Roux. While we waited for our tasting to be set-up, we took a walk through the cellar where on weekdays you can witness first-hand how the famous bubbles are made.
The Nougat Experience is a selection of five sparkling wines each paired with a speciality nougat. Call me a true South African but I particularly loved the Rooibos infused almond nougat paired with the La Vallée Rosé, Demi-Sec MCC. It had a wonderful lingering aftertaste to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Blend your own wine and have a braai at Middelvlei Wine Estate
Enjoy an authentic South African experience with a Stellenbosch twist at Middelvlei Wine Estate. Start off by blending your own wine; mix different percentages of Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage until you’re happy with what you taste. Afterwards you can bottle your unique blend complete with a personalised label.
And if you like your food made on the coals, stay for their Boere Braai – barbequed meat, chicken sausage and bread served with delicious potato salad and pumpkin fritters. What goes hand-in-hand with a Boere Braai? An enamel mug of ‘Boere Troos’ (coffee) of course! You’ll find yours hot and resting on the coals – ready to pour and enjoy. The staff gave us a wonderful tip to save two pumpkin fritters to enjoy with our coffee and we’re so glad we did!
Check into Twice Central Guesthouse for the night
Twice Central guesthouse is your home away from home with a luxurious touch. A cosy lounge area greets you upon entering; perfect to get stuck into a good book on those lazy winters’ days. The rooms are elegantly furnished yet comfortable and makes for a great night’s rest. We had a glass of bubbly on the balcony while watching the sunset; which is also the ideal way to prepare for dinner!
A wholesome breakfast awaits you in the morning which you’ll enjoy while overlooking the tranquil pool area. The wholesome muesli served with fresh fruit and yoghurt is simply delicious and is honestly one of the best breakfasts I’ve had. There are also bicycles available for guests to explore the town and the added bonus of using it is that you don’t have to worry about parking!
Head into town and have dinner at Spek En Bone
The restaurant, owned by famed chef Bertus Basson, serves small plates to share and dishes are brought to your table as they’re ready. The Potato Tart and Whole Roasted Silver Fish are delicious, while the Rabbit Stew is the perfect comfort food for those cold winter evenings. An exceptionally curated wine list perfectly completes the menu. We noticed that there weren’t any condiments placed on the table and with good reason; we didn’t need any as the food was perfect on its own.
You might be curious about the quirky name. Spek and Bone is named after the owner’s pet pig, Spek and dog, Bone. Coincidently, the two are also best friends!
Drink gin while looking at classic cars at Vredenheim Wine Estate
Up for something different to your run of the mill Winelands activity? Then head to Classic Cats Craft Gin Bar – which also happens to be a museum that houses classic cars! There are two craft gin tastings on offer: classic and unique. You’ll taste the gin neat first, next you’ll taste it with some ice and garnish and lastly with tonic. It is indeed interesting and I can guarantee you’ll find your favourite gin during this tasting. You’re also most welcome to bring your gin and tonic along while viewing the cars!
Have lunch at Eight restaurant at Spier Wine Estate
Eight restaurant adopts a farm-to-table approach. Ingredients for meals are sourced fresh from the surrounding farms on a daily basis. To start you off while you wait for your meal, I definitely recommend the homemade ice tea; if you’re lucky the popular granadilla flavoured one will be served and it’s utterly refreshing! Alternatively, you can of course have one of Spier’s award-winning wines. The Slow roasted farmer Angus chicken, leek and mushroom pie served with buttered veggies screams Sunday lunch and filled my belly nicely. While the crème brûlée is a taste sensation unlike any other I’ve had and simply has to be experienced if you’re going for dessert.
Where to go and what to do in Stellenbosch – sorted!
And there you have it – a 2 day Stellenbosch itinerary experiencing the awesome tastings and activities that some of the Stellenbosch wineries have to offer. All that’s left to do now is to decide on a date, make the bookings, round up the besties and go explore Stellenbosch! Let me know what some of your favourite places are to go to in Stellies in the comments below.
**Parts of this post first appeared in the Stellenbosch Wine Routes #WinterWinederland campaign. All activities as well as my overnight stay was sponsored. As always, all views are my own, uninfluenced and completely honest.