What is wine for if not to pair with a wide array of delicious eats and treats? Wine and food go together like Ross & Rachel, Romeo & Juliet, and Prince Willam & Kate Middleton… sure they’re great on their own but when they get together, they form a power couple of note. To foodies, there’s no better power couple than food and wine which is why Cape Town’s foodies have been taking notice of the exceptional food and wine pairings offered across the Stellenbosch winelands and now it’s time to let you in on the secret. From pairing sparkling wines with sweet treats, to matching delectable red wine with salts from all over the world, Stellenbosch has it all on offer for visitors and locals alike. Here are just 10 Food & Wine Pairings to Try Next Time You Visit Stellenbosch!

Do a quick google search and you will find that there is an incredible amount of gourmet experiences on offer in Stellenbosch. It’s a clear indication that the winemakers in the area are thinking more and more about the food that goes hand-in-hand with their liquid delights and we couldn’t be happier. Stellenbosch is also home to some of Cape Town’s top chefs and these unique food & wine pairing experiences are a great way for them to showcase their talents in the kitchen and their special relationship with the various wineries they call home.

Visitors heading to Stellenbosch in the coming months can expect the following Food & wine pairings on offer:

Pancake and wine pairings at Uitkyk Wine Estate

The fantastically popular Uitkyk pancake-and-wine pairings are back this winter season. A delicious way to spend your Saturday this tasting offers a scrumptious selection of five pancakes, prepared with various fillings, presented to guests on a wooden platter with five wines, all produced on the Uitkyk Estate.

Date: 30 July, 13 and 27 August.
Venue: Uitkyk Wine Estate.
Cost: R100 per person – click here for more information or book via info@uitkyk.co.za.

Creative Block pairings at Spier

Created by Chef Charl Coetzee and sommelier Welma Beukes, this gourmet food pairing features Creative Block 2, 3 and 5 as well as Spier’s Late Bottled Vintage 2007 – a collaboration that both honours individual flavours, as well enhances them to form new ones. And, of course, a chocolate to completment each one!

Date: Monday to Saturday 9h00 – 17:00 and from 11:00 – 18:00 on Sundays.
Venue: Spier Wine Tasting Room.
Cost: R135 per couple – click here for more information or book via 021 809 1143.

Lourensford chocolate pairing

Lourensford chocolate and wine pairing

Four handmade chocolate batons, crafted to perfectly complement the wines, are paired with a fabulous Viognier (the ideal Autumn white!), two reds (Merlot and SMV) and ended off with a sweet note in the form of a very unique Honey Liqueur.

Date: Booking required.
Venue: Lourensford Wine Estate.
Cost: R65 per person – click here for more information or book via info@lourensford.co.za.

Bubbly and sweets pairing at JC le Roux

By carefully pairing its Méthode Cap Classique and sparkling wines with a selection of tempting sweet treats from nougat to marshmallows and meringues, South Africa’s leading home of sparkling wine offers you sheer indulgence in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands.

Date: Daily, booking required.
Venue: The Tasting Room at JC le Roux.
Cost: R100 per person – click here for more information or book via info@jcleroux.co.za.

Flash food pairing at Neethlingshof Wine Estate

Flash food, slow wine pairing at Neethlingshof Wine Estate

A custom wine pairing experience called A Flash Food, Slow Wine Pairing sees modern “take-away” food paired with their eco-friendly wines.

Date: Booking required.
Venue: Neethlingshof Wine Estate.
Cost: R65 per person – click here for more information or book via info@neethlingshof.co.za.

Oude Werf Hotel soul food evenings

Steaming thick soups, slow-simmered bredies and curries, sticky steamed puddings… each of these comfort food pleasures is served hot every Thursday until the end of September at the Oude Werf Hotel.

Date: Every Thursday, booking essential.
Venue: Oude Werf Hotel.
Cost: R155 per person – click here for more information or book via restaurant@oudewerfhotel.co.za.

Sweets and brandy pairing

Sweets and brandy pairing at Van Ryn’s Distillery

Van Ryn’s offers unique pairings such as Belgian chocolate, Florentine biscuits and a choice of charcuterie and cheese platters with their award-winning, hand-crafted potstill brandies.

Date: booking essential.
Venue: Van Ryn’s Distillery
Book via: Click here for more information or book via info@vanryns.co.za.

Fleur du Cap Salt and Wine Pairings

Pair Fleur du Cap wines with artisanal, salted delicacies at Die Bergkelder where handmade morsels meld seamlessly with hands-off, naturally crafted wines. When you join them for one of their unique wine and salt tasting experiences you get to take home an insightful booklet with delicious recipes pairing these elegant wines to some of the world’s finest artisanal salts.

Date: Mondays to Fridays between 09:00 and 17:30; and Saturdays between 09:00 and 15:30; bookings essential
Venue: Die Bergkelder.
Cost: R75 per person – click here for more information or book via nferreira@distell.co.za.

Delheim cupcake & wine pairing

Delheim cupcake & wine pairing

Delheim’s signature foursome includes an exotic pomegranate cupcake, matched with the ever-popular Delheim Pinotage Rosé, for a fun, fruity and fresh start. A Rooibos cupcake infused with lemon and topped with a cream cheese and honey icing, is paired with the Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment. A Pumpkin & vanilla cupcake infused with star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped with diced pickled pumpkin, is paired with our Delheim Pinotage. A traditional African makataan cupcake, festooned with makataan (wild melon) syrup icing, shares the spotlight with our Delheim Gewürztraminer to end off the pairing.

Date: bookings essential.
Venue: The Cellardoor at Delheim.
Cost: R75 per person – click here for more information or book via restaurant@delheim.com.

Morgenster’s NEW Italian wine and chocolate pairing

Visitors to Morgenster’s tasting room on the Estate in Somerset West outside Cape Town can enjoy a new experience, a wine tasting of owner Giulio Bertrand’s Italian Collection wines paired with specially selected artisan chocolates. Named for Bertrand’s love of Italian opera, the three Morgenster Italian Collection wines are grown and produced in South Africa from Italian varieties. Each has been matched with strikingly different chocolates handmade by local chocolatier Jane Stewart from finest quality Belgian chocolate.

Date: 10:00-17:00 daily.
Venue: Tasting Room at Morgenster
Cost: R40 for five Italian Collection wines, or R65 for a four-chocolate and three-Italian Collection wine tasting. Click here for more information or book via info@morgenster.co.za.

For more information on the Stellenbosch Experience and inspiration to visit the region, visit The Stellenbosch Experience website here and keep an eye on #visitStellenbosch.