No luxury stay in Cape Town can be complete without a visit to the exquisite Cape Winelands. Historic Stellenbosch is just a 40 minute drive from the city center and is home to some of the world’s best wines.
South Africa is the world’s 7th largest wine producer and is responsible for 10.5 million hectoliters of the world’s wine – OIV, 2017.
We’ve put a twist on the traditional Big Five safari experience and tailored this one for the wine lovers.
Big Five Stellenbosch Wine Estates
- Rust en Vrede ( from the Afrikaans, which means Rest and Peace)
This iconic farm only produces Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot cultivars, which are all red wines. The estate has been a favourite choice of Nelson Mandela who chose the wines from Rust en Vrede to be served at various state dinners including the dinner which celebrated him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Rust en Vrede was nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World and repeated this achieved for four consecutive years. The farm is the only of its kind in South Africa to have both a restaurant and a wine ranked within the top 100 in the world.
The history of the farm can be traced back to 1692 when the first owner was granted the land by Simon van Der Stel the Governor of the Cape Colony. The estate focuses on giving back to the community through using greener farming methods and community enriching projects that benefits the previously disadvantaged communities around Stellenbosch.
This Estate is arguably the most modern and sophisticated estate in Stellenbosch. Not only does it have unprecedented views of the Stellenbosch mountains, it also has an art gallery and jewellry store, two boutiques, a spa and two of the best restaurants in South Africa.
This estate is not a big commercial estate like most in Stellenbosch, but it does have the longest history and the most character, which is what makes it so special.
It’s one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa and has a character like no other with the wine tastings being done inside the old cellar on a family dining table that is over 80 years old. The first house that was built here back in the 1600’s can still be seen next to the cellar, the large tree next to it was planted by the first owner’s wife in the late 1600’s.
Here you can take do a Big Five wine safari with a drive through the vineyards, viewing the big five wine cultivars on the farm. They serve gourmet picnics and there’s plenty of shade and room for the kids to run around. Ask them about their Marriage Cup and bask in the unique glory which is Stellenbosch.
Our suggestion for doing a big five wine safari can be done as a self-drive activity, or if you require a driver, please contact us. Let us know how many adults and children are in your party and we’ll plan the best itinerary to accommodate your needs for the day.
Here’s to your next wine adventure! Cheers! Prost! Santé! Skål! Salud!