Have fun with your buddies


The annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival is upon us. Don’t miss it..If last year’s Festival is anything to go by, guests are in for a whale of a time now.

Relax in a great town

Wine Town Stellenbosch features a diverse series of events and experiences designed to offer something for everyone. Among them are live music performances, farm walks, inspired meals, and tutored tastings – from formal to informal occasions – all featuring top wines as the main attraction.

At the heart of the celebration is the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on Friday, 5 August and Saturday, 6 August. This two-day showcase in the Stellenbosch Town Hall is ideal for wine-lovers wanting a first-hand snapshot of the region’s excellence and heritage.

Some of the country’s best wines

Over 200 wines will be represented by more than 30 participating wineries, with curated tastings focussed on special varieties and vintages.

Stalls run by the region’s top wineries will offer tastings, from 16:00 to 20:00 on Friday; and, 14:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. Food prepared by renowned Stellenbosch chef Bertus Basson will be available too.

Let it all hang out!!

Early-bird tickets are on sale at R350pp. To attend, book tickets online via Plankton (plankton.mobi)



Brilliant wines


On 4 August

  • Learn more about Cabernet Sauvignon, a stalwart of Stellenbosch, in a sunset walk and tasting at Ernie Els Wines. In the line-up will be a range of vintages from 20 producers of the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective. Tickets are R275pp. Book online via Plankton.
  • Join renowned winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain for tutored wine blending at Glenelly wine estate. Expect an intimate and informative session that provides insight to the components of a blend and varietal interactions. Tickets are R150pp. To book, email luke@glenelly.co.za.

Great times ahead


On 6 August – Runventures

A fun run/walk takes place on Saturday morning, giving participants an opportunity to experience the City of Oaks, its magnificent architecture and abundant riverine habitats. The event offers a 10km run and alternative 5km walk. Registration takes place at 07:00 at the Stellenbosch Town Hall with starts at 08:00 and 08:30 respectively. Entry for the 5km costs R110pp and R140pp for the 10km run



Get some more

While Wine Town Stellenbosch officially concludes on 9 August, two additional wine events are listed for those who just can’t get enough.

On 10 August

The Simon Wine Emporium has curated an evening dedicated to the grande dames of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. It promises wines from diverse estates, a three-course meal and stories in celebration of the contributions of Annatjie Melck, Nora Sperling-Thiel, Vera Sperling and Norma Ratcliffe. Tickets are R625pp. Book via the Emporium’s website (www.simonwineemporium.co.za).

On 7 August

The Red Leaf Bistro at Beyerskloof Wine Estate will host a pop-up lunch to showcase the excellence of wines and winemakers from the Bottelary Hills region of Stellenbosch. Wineries in this region include Villiera, Hartenberg, Groenland, Kaapzicht Mooiplaas and Hazendal. To book, phone 021 865 2685 or email redleaf@beyerskloof.co.za.


Bang for your buck when you stay over

Special offers on accommodation are available via the town’s Stay Stellenbucks campaign. Book two nights’ accommodation or more and receive 20% in Stellenbucks coupons to spend at participating wine farms, restaurants and experiences. For more information, visit www.Stellenbucks.visitstellenbosch.org.

For more information on dates, locations, prices and terms and conditions, visit www.winetown.wineroute.co.za.

Join the social media conversation about this year’s Wine Town Stellenbosch and use #WineTownStellenbosch when you connect with @stellwineroute on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Enquiries may be directed by email at info@wineroute.co.za or phone to 021 886 4310.