Stellenbosch Wine Route celebrates their 50th Anniversary

Stellenbosch Wine Route celebrates their 50th Anniversary
What better way to celebrate the Stellenbosch Wine Route’s 50th Anniversary than with a collection of the finest the route has to offer. Every trip to the Stellenbosch winelands has been a memorable one, filled with innovative and mouthwatering culinary creations, world famous wines, culture and the reason we’re celebrating, the rich history.
The Stellenbosch wine route is a food and wine institute and it would take a lifetime to experience it all but what a delicious life that would be.

The iconic Stellenbosch wine route has just celebrated their 50th Anniversary. This is one of the most famous wine destinations that is synonymous with the Western Cape winelands. I have created a list of 50 of my favourite things to do in the Stellenbosch Wine Route.

1. Lanzerac‘s gorgeous grounds at the hotel

2. The most luxurious hydra-facials at the Lanzerac spa 

3. The breakfast at the Lanzerac Hotel

4. Spier wine tastings

5. Picnics at Spier along the lake

6. The farm kitchen at Spier for seasonal produce and fresh picnic items.

7. Tokara‘s award winning Olive Oil tastings

8. The rolling landscape’s at Tokara 

9. The 24 karat Gold facial at Delaire Graaf

10. Waterford‘s wine safari

11. The truffle mushroom pizza at Mulderbosch

12. The 2017 Mulderbosch Rosé

13. The garden walks at Babylonstoren for beautiful pictures

14. Eating at the Greenhouse at Babylonstoren

15. The newly renovated spa at Babylonstoren 

16. Babylonstoren‘s fresh produce shop for the best salted butter

17. The culture and History at Muratie

18. Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé at DeMorganzon

19. The breathtaking view at Oldenberg

20. Chef Christiaan Campbell’s Sunday lunch at Boschendal

21. Night market at Boschendal

22. Asara’s Spanish architecture and gin bar

23. The table side guacamole at Noble Hill

24. The brisket selection at Vadas Steak House

25. Shiraz cottage for a wine filled weekend away at Kunjani

26. Kunjani‘s stolen chicken rosé wine with a cheese platter by Chef Lamek

27. Hazendal‘s outdoor wine tasting on a summer’s day

28. The abundant picnics at Hazendal in the beautiful Oasis area

29. Manoushe and the incredible Lebanese food (I styled their menu.)

30. The marrow bones at The Fat Butcher

31. The smoked pig’s head Spek & Bone

32. The 2017 Cinsault at Bellevue

33. Zorgvliet‘s accommodation and beautiful surroundings

34. Stellenbosch Slow Market on a weekend

35. Browsing and spending all day at the Route 44 Market 

36. The live music at Lourensford Market

37. The art and sculptures at Hidden Valley

38. The Monroe MCC at Villiera

39. Authentic Italian gnocchi and ravioli at Pane E Vino restaurant

40. The rich history at the Oude Werf Hotel

41. Stellenbosch Historical walk to learn all about the culture of the town

42. The wine selection at De Warenmarkt

43. Bubble waffles at Créme de Levain

44. Freshly baked bread at Schoon

45. Overture‘s bread course

46. Mangwanani spa at Zevenwacht

47. Dalewood‘s incredible cheese selections

48. Galileo outdoor movie at Warwick estate

49. Award winning Olive oil from DeMorgenzon 

50. The duck walk at Vergenoegd

We were treated to a taste of the valley featuring Spier Wine Farm’s 2018 Brut MCC, the perfect bubble to toast to the celebration, paired with Dalewood Fromage’s handmade Huguenot cheese and mouthwatering canelé pastries, because who said you can’t have your dessert first.
Good food and great wines go together like, well, food and wine. Hartenberg Wine Estate’s 2017 Shiraz headed up the second pairing along with spicy pickled onions from Compagniesdrift, a spicy aubergine dip and olives from the Joostenberg Deli, a foodies dream destination. Cured meat, pork pies and sourdough complete this smorgasbord and signify the carb carnival of offerings you’d experience in the valley.
And finally, what’s a celebration without cake, and this was quite a cake. Rich, dark and moist are 3 essential things needed to perfect the ideal chocolate cake and this cake ticked all 3 boxes, and then some. This grand bake, layered with even more decadent chocolate frosting, coated in a rich ganache like finish and topped with…you guessed it, more chocolate, the perfect representation of our visits to the Stellenbosch Wine Route, sweet, decadent and delicious, always leaving us looking forward to the next slice, I mean visit.

Megan Pedro
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