This past weekend I finally got a little taste of the wonderful area of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is the premier destination for wine lovers in South Africa. It’s located about 50 km from the city of Cape Town and it’s definitely a must see attraction if you’re ever in the area and like wine and good food. Even if you don’t like wine and good food (which is crazy talk!) the area is very beautiful and worth a visit.
I only made it to one winery in Stellenbosch, but it got me so excited to venture out for more. I was on my way to work one morning and I saw a flier for the Spier wine festival, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make it out to Stellenbosch for the first time. I definitely wasn’t disappointed!
I was able to take the train to Spier for only R17 roundtrip ($1.95), which took about 1 hour. Although the ride wasn’t very scenic (it’s not along the water), it was on time, not too crowded and the perfect opportunity for a nap.
Spier is absolutely amazing! It’s one of the oldest wine farms in the area. It is a beautiful farm with the winery and a hotel. Although the festival was contained to a smaller area, I was able to venture throughout the winery to check out some of the scenery.
For R70 (approximately $8) I got 5 tickets for tasting wine specifically from Spier, plus unlimited tastings of several varieties of Chenin Blanc from other vendors. All of the Chenin Blanc’s were different and some were infused with lime, pineapple, almonds and other flavors. They were all really delicious!
After wondering around for a little while I decided to embark on deciding what to eat. They had a wide variety of food vendors from drinks, to seafood, to dessert. For some reason my sweet tooth was really calling that day and I had 2 desserts. One dessert was a s’more cookie…heavenly! I walked up to the booth and said hi to the lady. She then proceeded to tell me which cookies were available and was excited that she didn’t have to explain to me what a s’more is after she recognized my American accent. I guess the s’more concept is unfortunately not a thing in South Africa. She was actually from Florida and we talked for a few before I devoured my s’more cookie. I did make up for the excess junk food by having a fruit salad as well before I left.
After enjoying the food I bought, I did a little more eating with some cheese tasting. Cheese tasting is something that I’ve always been interested in, but never explored it very much. I honestly don’t remember everything that I tried, but it was all delicious. I decided to purchase some camembert cheese to take home with me because it was only R15! (Less than $2).
So overall it was a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to spending some more time in Stellenbosch throughout the rest of summer!