Unusual tasting experiences in Stellenbosch

Van Ryn’s Distillery Tour

Officially the best distillery tour in the world, according to the 2015 Distillery Experience Awards. Other awards received recently include Best Worldwide Brandy and International Brandy Producer of the Year.

Tourists worldwide visit distilleries while on holiday in search of cultural experiences. With brandy’s long history in South Africa – it was brought here in the 1800s by Dutch sailors – there is much to tell, especially at Van Ryn’s. The Best Distillery Tour award celebrates the effectiveness of thoughtful distillery tours. 

For more information go to www.vanryns.co.za or call 021 881 3875.

Peter Falke Wines

Renowned for producing handcrafted, elegant wines that reflect the true characteristics of their terroir, the winemaking team was recently honoured at the 2014 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards with a trio of medals: The Peter Falke Signature Syrah 2012 received a prestigious Gold Medal, the soon-to-be-released PF Ruby Blend 2012 was also awarded a Gold Medal at the Michelangelo Awards and the newly-released PF Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a much-loved springtime favourite, received a shining Silver Medal.

The winery’s stylish Outdoor Tasting Lounge and beautiful gardens provide the perfect setting in which to savour these award winners, whilst breathing in the heady floral aromas wafting on the spring breeze. Linger longer and pair your wine with a selection of mouthwatering cheeses or a delicious light meal from the farm’s brand new menu:

Create your own cheese platter with a choice of 1, 3, 5 or 7 scrumptious cheeses, including the likes of Gorgonzola, fresh Asiago, Swiss Chevre, White Rock with Cranberries, Gruyere, Huguenot and Sheep Pecorino. Platters with 3 or more cheeses are served with preserves, assorted charcuterie, fresh bread and seasonal fruits.

For a lighter option, opt for a refreshing Parma Ham & Melon Platter, or choose the traditional Caprese Salad accompanied by freshly-baked bread.

All wines are available for enjoyment by the glass, carafe and bottle. A selection of teas, coffees, sodas, ‘tisers and other non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

For order enquiries, pricing or additional information, visit their website or contact Lize-Marie on 021 881 3677 or marketing@peterfalkewines.co.za.

Fleur de Cap

Discover the Fleur du Cap wine tasting experience, pairing wines with artisanal, salted delicacies offered daily at Die Bergkelder, where handmade morsels meld seamlessly with crafted wines.

Fleur du Cap wines lend themselves perfectly to pairings with nature’s gifts of unrefined salts. Using locally sourced savoury treats, prepared using traditional methods such as curing with salt, the new Fleur du Cap tasting experience accentuates the inherent flavours of each superbly balanced wine.

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JC Le Roux

After an extensive makeover in 2012, The House of J.C. Le Roux now offers a stylish new tasting room complete with an outside deck for sun seekers. This attractive venue is perfect for the casual visitor or for those wishing to book a private tasting room for special occasions. The signature nougat tasting experience and meringues and marshmallows paired with five MCC and sparkling wines remain ever popular staples.

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Delheim

Visit Delheim to experience one of their exclusive Wild Mushroom Hunts, when fungi foragers, eccentric hobbyists and amateur mycologists set foot in the pine forest in search of these elusive, seasonal delicacies. While many fungi fans remain tight lipped about their favourite hunting spots, Delheim’s Nora Sperling invite enthusiasts to join her for a walk on the ‘wild side’ on the farm to indulge in some mushroom magic.

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Warwick

Hold onto your hat for a Big 5 Vineyard Safari, which has nothing to do with animals. Instead, guests load  onto open air land rovers and cruise through the vineyards learning about the five varietals on offer.  It’s a fun way to experience the farm's award winning wines.  Visitors from around the world keep coming back for the wildly popular safari, which is perfect for all ages.

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Middelvlei

Middelvlei Blending Experience

Become part of the farm's winemaking team for a few hours and create your own blend! Start off with a cellar tour and tasting and familiarize yourself with the wine making process. Put your new acquired knowledge to use and with three blending components. Book your Middelvlei Blending Experience and take a bottle of your signature blend home to enjoy later. 

The Middelvlei Boerebraai experience

Unless one has experienced a true traditional South African braai (barbeque) one has not yet experienced South Africa! At the Middelvlei Boerebraai Restaurant, guests are invited to become part of this authentic outdoor food experience where resident Middelvlei braai expert will be on hand to cook your boerewors, lamb chop and chicken sosatie to perfection.

Enjoy a selection of traditional dishes with your meat such as pampoenkoekies, potbrood and braaibroodjies. Their famous malva pudding will be the perfect finishing touch to your meal.

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