Are you a wine lover whose tired of boring wine tastings with cheese and crackers? Well… It might by be time to change the way you experience wine with unusual experiences centered around fermented grapes available in Stellenbosch:
1. Fleur du Cap is a name that will forever be associated with fine wines, and in Stellenbosch is one of the must-visit wineries in the region. You can taste their wines at Die Bergkelder, but don’t just rock up with a glass – it’s advised to make an appointment.
The tour starts off in their museum where you can learn about the origin of wine and see the methods used to produce wine, history of glass and more then you can experience their well known Salt and Wine Pairing for only R95 per person.
There are 15 000 ways to use salt and only 10% of these methods are used in food. Salt Aficionado, Chef Craig Cormack had created a menu that accentuates the inherent flavours of the superbly balanced Fleur du Cap range and salts from around the world. These salts include volcanic rock pools of Hawaii, the sea and desert of South Africa’s arid West Coast and the rock crystals of Iran.
2. Olives? Wine? or Both?
Head to Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate for an experience of a lifetime. Morgenster is international acclaimed for the best olive oils.
Cost: Olive Platter (R35 per person) includes five olive oils, balsamic vinegar, olive pastes and olives and the Bordeaux wine tasting (R50 per person) includes five Bordeaux-style wines from the winemaker’s monthly selection.
3. Be a wine maker for the day at Middlevlei Wine Estate where you will learn about the history of this highly aclaimed international brand, go on a cellar tour and blend your own wine and take a bottle of your signature blend home.
4. Lourensford Wine Estate offers wine lovers one of the most rewarding wine experiences in the Cape. Other than 135 hectares of quality vineyards, the estate also produce apples, pears and plums in abundance.
We enjoyed the tasting that pairs wine with chocolate – the perfect indulgence!
5. With an impressive range of wines to choose from that changes year-on-year, Ken Forrester Vineyards are found on the tables of restaurants throughout the world, and are reputedly the best in the region.
We enjoyed a biltong and wine pairing with the most amazing biltong I’ve ever had. The meat comes from their farm and they also have a restaurant “96 Winery” down the road where you can pop in for lunch.
After these adventurous, offbeat and interactive experiences, you will never see wine the same again.
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the people in Stellenbosch who made our stay so enjoyable. This trip was made possible with support from Stellenbosch Wine Routes, but as always, all opinions are my own.