You might only associate wine tasting in Stellenbosch with sunny summer weather but did you know that the Stellenbosch winelands also offers countless indoor and outdoor activities for the cooler months? That’s right, Stellenbosch has a number of stunning locations where you can enjoy a glass of wine in an oversized lounger next to a cosy indoor fireplace – from cafes in the town centre to restaurants on further afield wine estates; there is no shortage of warm and welcome venues for rainy days in Stellies. Here are 5 of our favourites winter spots in Stellenbosch.
The Craven Lounge at Lanzerac Wine Estate offers visitors a touch of old world charm in the winter time. The elegant hotel lounge seats 20 people and features genuine antiques, a grand piano, a roaring fireplace and rugby memorabilia hanging on the walls. We can’t think of a better place to enjoy a glass of red wine!
2. The downstairs cellar at Delheim
With its famous cobwebbed window, the cosy “downstairs” cellar at Delheim is chockfull of charm. It’s warm in winter and if you are looking for something extra special, then ask the tasting room staff to show you to the little-known “Collector’s Corner” at the back.
3. Terroir at Kleine Zalze
Terroir at Kleine Zalze offers winter visitors some enticing winter specials including the Winter Plate which offers a hearty winter meal along with a generous glass of Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection wine (a choice of red or white), at R195 per person. Plus, with their perfectly placed indoor heaters, you’ll always be warm and comfy!
4. Bistro13 at Stellenbosch Vineyards
Bistro13 at Stellenbosch Vineyards offers visitors a warm, crackling fireplace, a comfortable lounge area where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a fresh new winter menu! The new, comfy tasting room opened in November 2014 and is beautifully decorated with grey walls, wooden elements and plush arm chairs, injecting a bit of luxury into your wine tasting experience. Peckish tasters can order a food platter to accompany their wine and coffee, tea and soft drinks are also available as non-alcoholic options. The tasting fee is R30 for five wines – and you are spoilt for choice on a selection of Credo, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Four Secrets, Infusions and Welmoed.
5. Guardian Peak tasting room
Visit this unique winery and spend the afternoon reclining on a luxurious couch while tasting their delicious wines next to the crackling fireplace. If you’re keen to stay a little longer then head to the adjacent Guardian Peak restaurant for fabulous views of the vineyards and a yummy winter menu.
For more fabulous place to visit in Stellenbosch this winter this visit www.stellenbosch.travel.
Article originally published on WomenStuff.co.za.