1st stop: Meerlust Estate
Address: Meerlust Estate Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch.
Why: The Meerlust estate is internationally recognized for the complexity and character of its wine. If you love wine, you simply have to stop for a Wine tasting at Meerlust.
Highlights: The Meerlust mansion, is a seventeenth-century national monument, famous for having been the stage of many events that have marked the history of the Western Cape.
2nd Stop: Vergelegen
Address: Lourensford Rd, Somerset West
Why: This winery is located on a vast and TRULY beautiful estate with plenty of things to see: lush, landscaped gardens and historic buildings, with namely a slave lodge. Its wine is also excellent.
Highlights:Because of its size, try to put at least 2 hours to explore the whole place, especially if, like me, you love taking your time to admire the trees, feel the beauty of the place and take your pictures. Also, Vergelegen has a restaurant, which we haven’t tried but which looked lovely.
3rd stop: Lunch at ‘Ben’s on the beach’
Address: 142 Beach Road, Strand
Why: Since neither of us had seen a South African beach yet, we chose it because of its beachfront location. The fact that it had excellent reviews on Trip Advsior also played in its favor.
Review: The setting is quite simple but the customer service is fabulous and it is EXTREMELY good value for money. We were all in ecstasy over our meals, so needless to say that it was one of the best restaurants we tried during our vacation. We had ‘Carpaccio Di Controfilletto’, ‘Entrecote Parisienne’ (OMG) and CowBoy cut (excellent).
Unfortunately, there’s are no photos at Ben’s on the beach because the food was just so good we couldn’t be bothered with anything else.
4th stop: Strawberry picking
Address: Polkadraai Farm, M12 Stellenbosch Arterial Road
Why: South Africa is famous for its produce, so why not make the most of it by plucking your dessert of the day at the source? Plus, for us Mauritians it was quite a different and fun experience as neither of us had tried it before.
Highlights: The strawberries are big and super juicy. If you’re on a family holiday, children will have a blast.
How it works: you purchase your tub and off you go to the fields to pick your strawberries. Remember that everyone already picked the strawberries located at the first rows, so venture a bit further to get the best ones.
4th stop: Back at our Stellenbosch home, Aan de Viet. Before going for dinner, enjoy South Africa at its best by sipping a glass of Methode Cap Classique, the South African appellation for sparkling wine made by the traditional Champagne method, some biltong (South African beef snack that has been salted and dried in strips), ham, honey dew lemon and your freshly picked strawberries on the beautiful terrace.
5th stop: Dinner at Raphael’s at Asara
Address: Asara Wine Estate, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch
Why: We chose Raphael’s because we were celebrating a special occasion and this place is grand and uber-chic.
Review: The customer service was perfect, the food was good but not out of this world. However, something that I really enjoyed about Raphael’s is how they have a dessert option which is an assortment of all their desserts, in miniature. I am the worst at decision making and especially for something as crucial as my dessert, so it was the best to be able to experience all of them.