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Get ready for Wine Town Stellenbosch

Wine Town Stellenbosch 2022 is a festival worth travelling for with unique tastings and experiences by the region’s top estates. Early bird tickets are on sale now. We share our picks from the plethora of wine-inspired events on offer from 4-9 in August 2022.

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2022
The Stellenbosch Wine Festival features over 200 wines from more than 30 of the finest wineries.

Stellenbosch already enjoys a reputation as a sought-after destination with top wine estates and all-round relaxed atmosphere. Passionate wine and food lovers are set to descend on Stellenbosch for this year’s epic festival of wine featuring celebrated winemakers, award-winning chefs, local culinary delights, live music, farm walks, inspired meals and tutored tastings – from formal to informal occasions – all featuring top wines as the main attraction.

At the heart of the celebration is the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on Friday 5 August and Saturday 6 August. This two-day showcase in the Stellenbosch Town Hall is ideal for wine-lovers wanting a first-hand snapshot of the region’s excellence and heritage.

Over 200 wines will be represented by more than 30 participating wineries with curated tastings focussed on special varieties and vintages. Stalls run by the region’s top wineries will offer tastings from 16:00 to 20:00 on Friday, and 14:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. Food prepared by renowned Stellenbosch chef Bertus Basson will be available too.

The festival’s fine wines will be complemented by food from luminaries like Bertus Basson.

Tickets are on sale now at R350 per person via Plankton.

Of course, any ultimate experience of Stellenbosch must include getting out and about to the establishments in this historic town dedicated to wine, and the wineries themselves. Organisers of Wine Town Stellenbosch have made sure to include this too.

Wine Town highlights

Experience the epitome of food and wine pairing when winemaking and great cooking combine at the Glenelly Lady May Dinner on Friday 5 August. The event takes place at Glenelly’s stylish Vine Bistro and will feature the release of the latest vintage of Glenelly’s flagship red blend. Tickets are R3,650 per person. To book, email bistro@glenelly.co.za.

On 7 August, the Red Leaf Bistro at Beyerskloof Wine Estate will host a pop-up lunch to showcase the excellence of wines and winemakers from the Bottelary Hills region of Stellenbosch. Wineries in this region include Villiera, Hartenberg, Groenland, Kaapzicht Mooiplaas and Hazendal. To book, phone 021 865 2685 or email redleaf@beyerskloof.co.za.

Simon Wine Emporium celebrates National Women’s Day on 9 August with an event showcasing Stellenbosch’s women winemakers and their wines with a walk-about tasting, from 12:00 to 16:00, at this venue on the corner of Van Ryneveld and Van Riebeeck Street. On Saturday 10 August, the same venue plays host to a curated evening dedicated to the grande dames of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes with a three-course meal and stories in celebration of the contributions of Annatjie Melck, Nora Sperling-Thiel, Vera Sperling and Norma Ratcliffe. Tickets are R625 per person. Book via the Emporium’s website.

Bang for your buck when you stay over

Special offers on accommodation are available via the town’s Stay Stellenbucks campaign. Book two nights’ accommodation or more and receive 20% in Stellenbucks coupons to spend at participating wine farms, restaurants and experiences.

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