Now is the perfect time to #visitStellenbosch
Spending some time in Stellenbosch for winter is a magical experience because there are just so many things to do, both indoors and out, that there is literally something for everyone to enjoy.
Being at home isn’t the only option for an indoor retreat during the colder months. Stellenbosch boasts countless rainy-day options such as sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, cosy lounges with roaring fire places and indoor wine tasting rooms... Imagine a lazy afternoon fireside with a glass of deep red award winning wine in one hand and a good book in the other.
From running, hiking, cycling and mountain biking to mountaineering, hang-gliding and abseiling, and even paintballing and horse-riding for kids; Stellenbosch offers outdoor adventures amidst some of the most spectacular backdrops.
Stellenbosch is filled with options for the avid eco-adventurer - go mushroom foraging at Delheim, eat at farm-to-table establishments like Eight at Spier or Waterkloof restaurant, visit one of Stellenbosch’s many WWF Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champions (a pioneering partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector) or enjoy a new wine safari through the vineyards offered by some of Stellenbosch’s most well-known wine farms.
Stellenbosch is also home to an annual sculpture exhibition, courtesy of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculptures Trust. This year’s vibrant public art programme takes on the theme “Reflections” where visitors can view sculptures by local up and coming artists positioned around town.
Other events include the likes of Lanzerac’s Winemaker’s Dinners and Barrel Tastings, Spier’s Burgers and Blends evenings, trail runs with Dirtopia, Winter Pancake and Wine Pairings at Uitkyk and more.
Not to be missed in June and July:
Taste the Helderberg, on 11 June 2015, serves up an exclusive evening of quality wine and food unique to this Stellenbosch sub-route.
The Cabernet Franc Carnival at Avontuur will showcase thirteen of the best-known Cabernet Franc producers in Stellenbosch on 20 June 2015.
The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (3 - 12 July 2015) is a series of concerts performed by top international and national music students between the ages of 12 and 28.
The inaugural Winelands Chocolate Festival, taking place on 25 and 26 July 2015, will feature a sensational array of artisanal chocolates and decadent treats, as well as various market stalls for the health conscious.
For more events visit Stellenbosch 360’s What’s On webpage.
Besides the many winter specials offered by café’s, restaurants and accommodation establishments in Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch Experience embarks on its second annual winter campaign for the destination this year called Reflect, Relax Stellenbosch. With this theme in mind the destination aims to demonstrate why the cooler off-peak season is the perfect time to visit Stellenbosch and relax in a beautiful setting at half the price.
From June – September, Stellenbosch invites visitors to spend some much needed down time in the City of Oaks, choosing one of three value-added travel packages ranging from budget-friendly to top end luxury stays. From as little as R1,300 per person one can reflect and relax in Stellenbosch with two nights’ accommodation, a dinner, a lunch and two activities selected from a “bucket list” of authentic Stellenbosch experiences.
Winter travel packages go on sale as of 1 June 2015 at www.stellenboschtravel.co.za.
CEO of Stellenbosch 360, Annemarie Ferns comments; “Stellenbosch is the perfect place for a winter getaway with so much to offer, from those looking for a quiet escape among the vines to energetic families and even extreme adventurers. With the latest offering of our inclusive winter travel packages, visit Stellenbosch and come and see for yourself why Stellenbosch is so popular during the off-peak period.”