Celebrate the holidays with nine days of festive spoils

Nine days, nine incredible prizes. Yes, in celebration of all things festive and joyous, Stellenbosch Visio is all about sharing the dream this December. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram where our NINE DAYS OF FESTIVE SPOILS competition will run from 6 to 17 December. Want to know what’s up for grabs?

1. Christmas at Babylonstoren

Christmas is open at Babylonstoren. This year, Babylonstoren’s online shop is making Christmas effortlessly elegant with their new range of festive hampers bursting with hand-picked gift options to dazzle and amaze. Choose from exclusive luxury hampers, festive table décor, delicious biscuits, scented gift sets, the sought-after Babylonstoren 2022 calendar and other holiday must-haves. Every special gift is curated and packaged with the greatest care. All you have to do is make space under the Christmas tree…

Visiting Babylonstoren? Visit their exclusive festive season Christmas pop-up shop located in the Scented Room until 24 December 2021.

UP FOR GRABS: A Babylonstoren Ultimate Host hamper worth R5,800.

2. Sensual summer dining at Quoin Rock

Along a winding road shaded by trees in the Knorhoek Valley lies Quoin Rock, a historic Stellenbosch wine estate. Under the custodianship of the Gaiduk family, fate, passion, energy and vision have transformed this old Stellenbosch wine estate into an inspiring milieu synonymous with captivating experiences. This summer, explore the culinary genius that is head chef Jack Coetzee at the estate’s acclaimed Gåte Restaurant. The sensational summer is much more than just a celebration of food and wine, but rather art on a plate making it an unforgettable day in the Cape Winelands.  

UP FOR GRABS: A five-course tasting menu with wine for four guests worth R4,000.

3. Have bubbles, will celebrate

Few things encapsulate the spirit of the festive season as aptly as an exceptional bottle of proudly South African Méthode Cap Classique. And what better accompaniment to your festive season celebration than Boschendal‘s Jean Le Long Cuvee Prestige Blanc De Blancs? The seductive pale gold colour, with a flourish of tiny bubbles, captures the imagination immediately, followed by enticing lemon cream, beeswax, pink grapefruit and toasty brioche aromas that persist onto an intricate palate. Pair this wine with rich seafood such as seared scallops, grilled lobster and seafood risotto. It also goes well with terrines, jambon and aged hard cheeses.

GOOD TO KNOW: Boschendal and Norval Foundation have recently announced a formal partnership that will introduce guests visiting the much-loved historic estate to some of South Africa’s and the continent’s top artists. The partnership will see the establishment of a series of satellite art exhibitions hosted at Boschendal’s historic Manor House and surrounding grounds. Respected as one of the country’s oldest farms with deep cultural and community roots stretching back to 1685, Boschendal’s collaboration with Norval further reflects the estate’s commitment to celebrating emerging creative talent through arts and culture. Be sure to also visit Boschendal’s expanded farm shop and new homeware shop filled with festive hampers and treats.

UP FOR GRABS: One case (six bottles) of Boschendal’s Jean Le Long Cuvee Prestige Blanc De Blancs to the value of R4,920.

4. Lunch with a view at Tokara Delicatessen

The picturesque Tokara Wine Estate‘s Deli promises a memorable day out for the whole family. While the Deli boasts a variety of fresh produce, artisanal products, books, décor and the estate’s award-winning extra virgin olive oil on tap, the Deli’s sculpture garden is home to a variety of works by some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. And with an impressive and colourful play area complete with treehouses, ladders, a slide, a climbing net and more, youngsters will not be bored. For a scrumptious lunch, the Deli offers a bistro style menu with favourites such as Caesar salad, line fish served on a warm couscous salad, wood-fired pizzas, braised pork belly and much more.

UP FOR GRABS: A R1,200 lunch voucher for four guests at Tokara Deli.

5. Signed, sealed, delivered

For the first time since JAN the Journal’s launch in 2018, the Journal has been chapterised into four points of view each representing a different pillar of the JAN brand – JAN Innovation Studio, Restaurant JAN, Klein JAN and Tswalu Kalahari. Each reveals Jan Hendrik and his team’s culinary journey by sharing every recipe’s development process step by step. Volume 7 explores the future of food and investigates the core skills needed to master ingredients and flavours to use them like never before. And in a beautiful Kalahari-infused visual essay, Jan Hendrik takes you on a personal tour of Klein JAN and the land that shapes his soul. – www.janonline.com

UP FOR GRABS: A signed copy of JAN the Journal Volume 7. Value? Priceless!

6. Timeless in Mantua Silkwear

Designed and made in South Africa, Mantua Silkwear creates ceremonial day and night wear to celebrate and honour our daily rituals. Whether morning and bedtime routines, cooking or brewing a cup of tea, reading, meditating, gardening, working, travelling, dancing or simply dreaming, the Mantua wardrobe becomes a treasured accessory to living in these moments. From voluminous robes and kaftans that drape and fall, to the elegantly figure hugging cut-on-slant slips, Mantua’s silk garments compliment and accentuate the female body in its many forms.

UP FOR GRABS: One short silk kimono to the value of R3,400. Made from 100% heavy woven silk, this kimono can be worn as a house robe, over jeans, a linen ensemble or tied up as evening wear.

7. A gift from us…

Celebrate the festive season with an exclusive trio of bubbles and a Stellenbosch Visio subscription worth R360. That’s four issues a year filled to the brim with news, people, innovation and timeless journalism. And the bubbles? You will win a bottle of Clos Malverne Ellie MCC 2013, Colmant Cap Classique Brut Rosé and Charles Fox Vintage Brut Rosé MCC 2012. What’s better than stellar reading material and a glass of sparkle?

8. Lunch in the heart of Stellenbosch

The elegant Eendracht Hotel and Apartments, a luxurious establishment in the heart of the oldest part of historic Stellenbosch and a member of Cape Country Routes, has recently opened a new restaurant. The owner of the hotel has named the new restaurant Senobia’s in honour of his mother, Senobia Lutz. Senobia’s is open for breakfast and lunch every day to the public who, together with the resident guests, can enjoy wholesome South African cooking. The restaurant’s blackboard menus – inspired by many of Mrs Lutz’s own recipes – offer daily specials, seasonal food and traditional South African dishes. 

UP FOR GRABS: A two-course lunch for four guests at Senobia’s. The prize excludes drinks and the voucher cannot be used in December 2021-January 2022. Valid for six months from date of issue.

9. Winelands adventure on an ebike

Fancy a guided half-day Cape Winelands tour on an ebike courtesy of Adventure Shop? Cycle from Stellenbosch to Boschendal Wine Estate via one of the most scenic valleys in the Winelands. Cyclists will venture along the Stellenbosch Trail Fund trails through town, up into Idas Valley and the Banhoek Conservancy all the way to Boschendal. The tour is family friendly and youngsters above 140cm in height can take part. Adventure Shop is a member of Cape Country Routes.

Distance: ± 20km
Elevation: ± 650m
Road: Mostly jeep track and MTB trails, some tar roads
Ride duration: ± 3 hours

UP FOR GRABS: An ebike experience for two guests from Stellenbosch to Boschendal with Adventure Shop. The prize cannot be used in December 2021-January 2022. Valid for six months from date of issue.

Good to know

Entrants must be 18 years or older. Competition with regards to all nine featured prizes closes on 20 December 2021 at 09:00. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on 20 December 2021 via a private message on the social media platform they have entered from. The competition is open to South African residents only.