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Discover the Stellenbosch wine route
Sommelier at the One & Only Hotel, Pearl Oliver-Mbumba, explored the highways and byways of Stellenbosch, the historical wine-producing area, to round up some captivating Cabernet Sauvignons, delightful Chenin Blancs, magical MCCs and more for you to enjoy.
While the Stellenbosch Wine Route’s rich, fertile soils are often associated with excellent Cabernet Sauvignons, Pearl loves the fact that the area’s terroir is versatile enough for many different grape varietals to thrive in it, from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc to Shiraz and Pinot Noir.
Don’t forget to purchase a few bottles so you can relive the adventure when you return to everyday life.
Simonsig Wine Estate
Pioneering MCC in South Africa, Simonsig has years of experience and know-how that have never failed its fans. Their Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar Rosé is an easy-drinking salmon-hued, fruity sparkling wine. If you’re in the mood for showing off, opt for the Kaapse Vonkel Nectar, a bright peach-coloured sparkling wine with aromas of stone fruit and fresh strawberries and a hint of baked bread. Why not make it an occasion and visit the estate for its affordable cellar tours. > simonsig.co.za
Reyneke truly lives up to its motto, Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum (there can be no greatness without goodness), by using only natural farming methods, with no herbicides or pesticides. In 2013 Reyneke became the first organic biodynamic farm in the history of the Platter’s Wine Guide to receive 5 stars. Its range includes Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Shiraz Sauvignon. If you pay a visit to the estate, make sure to snap a selfie with the farm’s Nguni cows grazing in the background! > https://www.reynekewines.co.za/
Family get-togethers are the perfect occasion to open a bottle of the Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserve. It showcases notes of rich, dark fruit, such as plums and blackberries, which is not only pleasing to the palate, but also lends the wine its harmonious finish. Hints of cedarwood, sweet spice and silky tannins make the wine even more alluring. If you’re in Stellenbosch and don’t have time for a farm visit, make a stop at the Beyerskloof Wynbar in town. But if you’re headed to the wine farm this summer, make sure not to miss out on the Pinotage burger and chips at their Red Leaf Bistro. > beyerskloof.co.za
Kaapzicht Wine Estate (exclusive to PnP)
This picturesque farm, run by Danie Steytler Jnr and his dad, will show you exceptional hospitality. This summer, pair your light meals with their Chenin Blanc. It’s ripe quince, pineapple and stone fruit notes make for an approachable palate with a deliciously light texture – it’s a perfect match for crisp salads. > kaapzicht.co.za
Also known as “Little Europe”, Kleine Zalze provides an escape to the bygone era of Cape Dutch architecture, excellent wine, fine dining and days spent with family and friends. Plan a visit to the farm with a few friends and spend the day wine tasting, snapping some pics for your social media. > kleinezalze.co.za
Set on the slopes of the Helshoogte Pass, where many outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons originate, TOKARA never ceases to amaze with this variety. Even the entry Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 shows that it’s a son of the soil – a great-value wine with tons of berries and cassis on the nose, which flaunts notes of cocoa, herbs and tobacco spice. Try it with some juicy lamb cutlets. > tokara.com
Le Bonheur (exclusive to PnP)
Winemaker William Wilkinson ensures top-quality wines by driving a hand-harvested production, where grapes are placed in small baskets to prevent bruising and early fermenting. That’s just the kind of love and care that the Merlot grapes in Le Bonheur’s The Manor Meander Merlot require. It’s an approachable wine with red fruit such as cherries and hints of plum lying subtly on the mid-palate. Don’t miss out on their cheese and preserve wine tasting offering at the farm. > lebonheur.co.za
Kanonkop Wine Estate
Home to winemaker extraordinaire Abrie Beeslaar, the production of this vineyard has been most consistent over the years. The Paul Sauer 2015 received a 100-point score by British Master of Wine Tim Atkin in 2018. > kanonkop.co.za
L’Avenir (exclusive to PnP)
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot belong together – and L’Avenir Provenance Stellenbosch Classic 2016 is proof of that. The nose displays cloves and cinnamon, along with a medley of red fruit, and it’s with sophistication that the macerated strawberries are mixed with hints of dried tobacco on the palate. Pair it with steak or ostrich. And while you’re there, a stroll through the estate’s Hands-on Garden is a must. > lavenirestate.co.za
There’s lots to discover while driving through the Stellenbosch Wine Route – whether you decide to make a stop at a few estates or stay at one, make the most of the cellar tours and award-winning restaurants. Don’t forget to purchase a few bottles so you can relive the adventure when you return to everyday life. And if you’re not planning on heading to the Cape Winelands or live too far away, you can always head to your nearest PnP to stock up on the region’s best!