Elegant Waterford

From the rustic simplicity of Joostenberg pork pies to the brilliance of MCC from Simonsig, from casual B and B establishments to some of the finest—and expensive– accommodation in the country, Stellenbosch has it all. This is the oldest wine route in SA founded in 1971 by Frans Malan (Simonsig,) Niel Joubert (Spier) and Spatz Sperling (Delheim) and today under the dynamic thumb of Mike Ratcliffe this is THE place to visit of you are looking for anything vinous. This is its 50th Anniversary and they have every reason to be proud of where they are. As Ratcliffe says “The wine industry is undergoing one of its most challenging seasons and reflecting on historic achievements is important for the inspiration it provides, given the work that awaits us.” Having said that, Stellenbosch is as vibrant and resilient as it always has been, very much a leader in its field


The view from Simonsig


Spectacular Delaire Graff









The Routes are divided into five geographic locations, making it much easier to plan a visit to some of the 120 members. If it’s golf you want, they have, it, spas and beauty houses, confectionery, food, rest and service to make it all go with a swing. Let us not forget the reason for its existence—wine—the widest selection to suit all tastes and pockets. A good idea is to plan a two day stayover and do two or three wine tastings a day, relaxing in the evening and the continue having fun the next day. I love browsing the centre of Stellenbosch town with its historic hotels, quaint bistros and watering holes, sitting outside on the pavements very reminiscent of a European lifestyle. The antique and jewellery shops are great as are the art galleries –all you need is money.  If you haven’t been you will be bowled over, and if you have been, there is always more of it to explore, so fire up the motoring piece and get there soon.


The charm of Muratie

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