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? 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 cafés 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.
1. L’Avenir wine tasting room
This gorgeous tasting room is dominated by a farm-style fireplace and oozes French country charm. You’ll easily want to while away the hours here at this cosy winelands spot sipping on L’Avenir’s range of boutique wines. If it’s chic and comfortable you want then L’Avenir Stellenbosch is the place to find it!
2. Cellardoor at Delheim
With its famous cobwebbed window, the cosy “downstairs” cellar at Delheim is chock-full 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. Upon arrival, in the cold winter months, visitors to Cellardoor are greeted with a glass of pipping hot glühwein.
3. Terroir at Kleine Zalze
Terroir at Kleine Zalze offers winter visitors some enticing winter specials including a hearty 2-course meal along with a generous glass of Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection wine (a choice of red or white), at R295 per person. Plus, with their perfectly placed indoor heaters, you’ll always be warm and comfy! Check out the winter special offer here.
4. The tasting room at Hartenberg Wine Estate
Perched on the slopes of Bottelary Hill, this family owned wine estate offers fine country food and slow-crafted wine. Enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire while indulging in a bottle of Hartenberg Wine Estate’s award winning wines paired with delicious farm-style soups. You couldn’t ask for more!
5. Guardian Peak Winery & Grill
The large wood-burning fireplace takes pride of place at this cosy spot in the winelands. With spectacular views and a warm environment, Guardian Peak Winery & Grill offers a great selection of wines to try as well as hearty winter dishes like indulgent creamy peri-peri chicken livers, Dijon mustard eisbein with mashed potatoes and Chardonnay-braised cabbage. What’s more, the restaurant is offering a fabulous winter special which treats diners to a complimentary soup starter with any main meal ordered.