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Vineyard Hiking Trails – Winelands Routes

Mountain Route
This trail will appeal to energetic nature-lovers. The trail begins at Sugarbird Manor and passes two wine estates before reaching the Shepherd’s Creek, a tributary of the well known Eerste River. Bottelarykop shows off the most spectacular views over the Devon Valley. Indemic Fynbos and Renosterveld are abundant and serve to complement the views of vineyards on the distant hills. Unwind after a hard day’s walk with a taste of the award winning wines of Louisvale and Clos Malverne.

Distance: 14.3km
Estimated Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: M
oderate to Difficult

Vintners' Route
If the taste of excellent wine on your way down from the last trail has wet your appetite then this trail is an absolute must! Once again the trail begins from Sugarbird Manor; the trail wanders over and through the hills of picturesque vineyards before ascending to The Lookout Point where the views over the entire Stellenbosch Mountain Range will take your breath away. Take a camera, even though no photograph could ever do it justice! The Vintners’ Trail passes three prime wine estates, namely SylvanVale, Meinert Wines and The House of JC le Roux. This, of course, is the highlight for wine lovers since you can sample the wonderful vintages as you pass through.

Distance: 3.3km
Estimated Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate

Devon Valley Route
The Devon Valley Route is quite a brisk hike. If you are up for the challenge you will be amply rewarded with fantastic and varied views of both sided of the Devon Valley. The view is spectacular and the trail is invigorating, you will have plenty of pure, Stellenbosch mountain air to clean out your system. With all the exertion, it’s a great idea to take a break for a while at Middelvlei, a premier wine estate with loads of history and atmosphere, not to mention some excellent refreshment!

Distance:
8,8km
Estimated Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Fair, Up-hill

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