Stellenbosch Wine Route
A tour of the famous wine route through the vineyards of Stellenbosch is, without question, one of the most pleasurable things to do on your holiday to the Cape. History and scenery, stories and wine combine to form a fantasy journey into the past. Intrigue, romance and award-winning vintages mingle in a rich tapestry that will linger in your memory long after you leave the emerald valley.
What is “The Wine Route”?
There are several ‘official’ wine routes in Stellenbosch and many unofficial ones too. You could even try exploring the area on your own but it is highly recommended that you try at least one of the ‘official’ routes first since they are designed to give you a good understanding of the area which will make it easier for you to find your way around by yourself.
The other advantage of a guided tour is that you will be driven to all the farms and then back to town again so you can taste as much wine as you like without having to worry about getting a little tipsy. Driving drunk is never a clever idea and nobody wants to be left out of tasting the glorious wine just because they have to drive!
Each route will take you to a different set of farms where you will get to taste their wine and get a brief history of the place. Most of the farms in Stellenbosch have very interesting histories and plenty of humorous anecdotes which will have you smiling (or laughing out loud) into your wine glass!
So Many Choices!
Before you choose a tour operator, it’s a good idea to decide what you want to get out of the experience. Do you want to do as much as possible because you have limited time, alternatively, do you want to relax and have plenty of time to explore each farm without being rushed back into a crowded bus?
Different operators offer different selections of activities and “busyness” levels. All good operators will be happy to give you information on exactly what their tours include and most of them have websites with all the information you need. Some tour operators cater specifically for large groups while others offer flexible, individual tours.
A good way to find the perfect tour for you is to ask someone who knows the area and is familiar with the tourism industry. A great place to find a person who can give great advice is to ask the staff or management of the guesthouse or B&B where you are staying. A good guesthouse will have friendly, knowledgeable staff who will be only too happy to help. The other advantage of asking for advice is that you can tell the person exactly what you need instead of reading through a whole lot of websites and pamphlets that turn out to be unsuitable after all.
Contact Niel today to find out more about visiting Stellenbosch .