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Steeped in history, vibrant Stellenbosch offers so much more than just quality wines. This September, the City of Oaks will celebrate an entire Heritage Month of taste and traditions unique to this quaint town, with a rich tapestry of old and new attractions waiting to be explored.
We have come up with a treasure chest of ‘local is lekker’ activities for young and old to enjoy this September. Highlights on the heritage menu for 24 September include numerous Braai Day get-togethers that will add a tantalising twist to the ultimate South African pastime. Fires will be lit at Delheim Estate for a traditional braai; a Bring & Braai party will attract a merry crowd at Hazendal Estate, whilst Hidden Valley have teamed up with renowned chef Bertus Basson for a 2014 Gourmet Braai & Wine Festival with smoking hot events on the 22nd and 24th.
For a full list of activities, including the Stellenbosch e’Bosch Heritage Festival, click HERE.



SWR makes the cut again

We still have a few tickets available for this Sunday’s Bottelary Hills Winemakers Lunch at Mooiplaas Estate & Private Nature Reserve.
This exclusive gathering in an atmospheric 1833 Cape Dutch Herenhuis will start with a tasting of the latest vintages stemming from this esteemed sub-route of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc on the day. Joining the Roos family at the long table will be fellow Bottelary Hills estates - Groenland, Hartenberg and Kaapzicht - for guests to immerse themselves in their charming conversation and terroir-driven wines.

The event starts at 12:30 (for the wine tasting, followed by lunch at 13h00) and costs R280 per person for the interactive tasting and lunch which includes a glass of wine per course. Book your ticket now! Click HERE for more info.



SWR makes the cut again

Join us for this inaugural event on World Tourism Day - Saturday 27 September. We will be showcasing the area’s diverse offerings at Neethlingshof Estate.
The Stellenbosch Valley is home to a myriad of renowned wine estates, hotels and restaurants such as Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery, Spier, Die Bergkelder, Brenaissance, Jordan, Middelvlei, Devon Valley Hotel, Wedgeview Country House and The House of JC Le Roux and was crowned South Africa’s finest winegrowing area at the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards in 2012 and 2014.

The event starts at 16h00 and ends at 21h00 and tickets cost R300 per person, which include a tasting glass, wine tastings, sumptuous dishes and vibrant live music entertainment. Pre-bookings are essential as space is limited. Buy your tickets online HERE



Come Sit, Stay & Savour Stellenbosch this winter

We would like to invite you to Stellenbosch, with our three value-added packages.
From as little as R1 200 per person you can Come Sit, Stay and Savour Stellenbosch, which includes two nights’ accommodation, dinner, lunch and two activities selected from a "bucket list" of authentic Stellenbosch experiences.
Click HERE for more info, or phone 021 887 2920. This special offer expires at the end of September.




SWR makes the cut again

The winners of the 2014 Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition include four Stellenbosch producers - three of whom started the wine route more than 40 years ago!
Congratulations to Delheim, Spier, Simonsig and Beyerskloof - click HERE for the full results.



Come Sit, Stay & Savour Stellenbosch this winter
Stellenbosch at Summer Place, the annual sensory showcase presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, promises a magnificent taste down memory lane when it toasts the then and now of South Africa’s pioneering wine route through fine food, wine, music and art on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.
This year’s theme is a celebration of yesterday, today and tomorrow’s masters and Jozi socialites are in for a connoisseur’s feast of stalwarts, fresh talent and innovative tastes from the City of Oaks.
More than 70 top quality wines will be paired with cutting-edge culinary prowess when five of the finest Stellenbosch chefs will create unique gourmet sensations to match the varietals. In tune with the back to the future vibe, will be the super talented Amazink All Stars, who will lend a soulful atmosphere with live music from the past and present to the evening. This group of vibrant musicians, straight from SA’s first township theatre in Kayamandi, delivers culturally authentic musical entertainment.
Tickets for Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2014 cost R500 per person and include all the wine, food and entertainment on the evening which starts at 18h30. Tickets are available online HERE.



Come Sit, Stay & Savour Stellenbosch this winter

On Saturday 2 August, we proudly hosted The Grape Day Out. This awesome day of wine, fashion and entertainment took place at The Woodmill in Stellenbosch, and saw 4 000 visitors dressed up in glamorous, colourful and stylish outfits, while sipping on Stellenbosch wines.
For pictures of the event, click HERE.






Well, that sure is a glassful! Make sure you visit our blog for all the latest news and events.
Until next time!  

Annareth Bolton
CEO Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes






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