Stellenbosch is rightly regarded as the epicentre of South Africa wine and is where the country’s first wine route was established in 1971, paving the way for the ever-increasing wine tourism industry.
Visitors are lured by this wilderness landscape, featuring expansive vineyards fringed by the breathtaking mountains of the Cape Winelands, and the opportunity to taste incredible New World varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and the region’s signature Pinotage. Award winning wineries litter the gently rolling hills, from Helderberg in the south to the lower slopes of Simonsberg Mountain in the north, with tastings often taking place in the farm’s old colonial buildings.
Many of the leading wine estates in the region have become ‘complete destinations’, with vineyards accompanied by five star hotels, luxury spas and top Stellenbsoch restaurants.
Although the neighbouring Franschhoek region is regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital, the best wine estate restaurants Stellenbosch has offer can compete with the country’s finest eateries – while the breathtaking views are peerless.
At Wine Paths, our local experts can organise exclusive tours of Stellenbosch, including elaborate tastings, fine dining experiences, luxury stays and unique outdoor experiences. Our private tours can be individually customised to meet your exact needs, ensuring every detail is taken care of before you arrive. Although the neighbouring Franschhoek region is regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital, the best wine estate restaurants Stellenbosch has offer can compete with the country’s finest eateries – while the breathtaking views are peerless.
Among the wine farm restaurants in Stellenbosch that come highly recommended is the Cuvee at the renowned Simonsig estate that was established by the influential Malan family when French Huguenots first arrived on the Cape I 1688.
Among the Malan’s groundbreaking introductions was South Africa’s first Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine, and the family’s innovative legacy continues to this day with gourmet dining at one of the finest Stellenbosch wine route restaurants.
The Floreal Brasserie on the Marianne estate is another of the Stellenbosch restaurants on wine farms that has received great acclaim with gastronomic fare prepared by London-born chef Ian Lilley. The food is based around modern European styles, which are expertly paired with some of the estate’s premium wines. For a less indulgent experience, we also offer a tasting tour of Marianne with biltong and wine pairings where you can sample three different types of South Africa’s famous dried, cured meats along with some exceptional vintages.
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