The Western Cape is the heartland of delicious flavours and sensory delights. While it is known especially for its red, white and sparkling wines, there is actually a wide variety of goods to be sampled and savoured in this part of the world.
Stellenbosch is one of the main constituents of the Cape Winelands and is home to a huge variety of wine farms. In fact, some of the world’s finest wine farms are situated here. These offer wine tasting in Stellenbosch of Cabernets, Merlots, Shirazes, Pinotages, Sauvignon Blancs, Chenin Blancs, Pinot Noirs and everything in-between. Touring the cellars and learning more about the wine-making processes is not only very interesting, but also provide a great perspective on the industry and how it has placed South Africa on a significant global platform.
Biltong is a South African favourite. This dried, spiced meat (most commonly beef, but also very often game, and even chicken) is commonly enjoyed as a protein-rich, delicious snack. However, a very special element is brought out of both wine and biltong when they are enjoyed together. Wine farms like Stellenbosch Hills Wine Estate offer these pairings, expertly combining such iconic South African favourites for a delectable taste bud experience.
Due to the excellent grapes of the region, Stellenbosch and its surrounds also produce fantastic brandies. These well-rounded, quality spirits are so varied, and conducting a brandy tasting allows for you to experience the intense flavours within the spectacular surrounds of Stellenbosch. Remember to arrange for a designated driver that will not be drinking so that you are assured of a safe drive home.
The unique cheeses produced in the Western Cape are popular all over the world. These include dairy and goats’ cheeses, made in a variety of different ways and with different flavourings. Some are mild and soft, others sharp and crumbly. Whatever the cheese, there is a wine to complement it. Cheese tastings are a fabulous way to spend an afternoon with friends and family and to experience the beauty and rich abundance of the Western Cape.
Not surprisingly, the wonderful variety of wines is well complemented by handcrafted chocolates. As these two taste sensation bring out the best in each other, chocolate tastings are decadent and indulgent; the perfect way to round off a day spent sampling savoury treats.
In addition to the tastings, visitors are encouraged to decide what they enjoy and then purchase these items directly from the producers. They are usually less costly when bought direct and also support the local initiatives of Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands.