Stellenbosch’s Fun Food and Wine Pairing

Foodies the world over are taking notice of the exceptional food and wine pairings offered across the Stellenbosch winelands. From pairing sparkling wines with sweet treats, to matching delectable red wine with salts from all over the world, Stellenbosch has it all on offer for visitors and locals alike.
 
Says Elmarie Rabe of Stellenbosch Wine Routes: “There is such an exciting wave of gourmet experiences on offer in Stellenbosch, a true feat that reveals the epicurious nature  of the winemakers and chefs that call this place their home.”
 
“The rich bounty of the Stellenbosch region is being presented in more ways than just wine, and travellers can expect to be absolutely delighted when visiting various wine farms, tasting rooms and restaurants across Stellenbosch,” furthers Annemarie Ferns, CEO of Stellenbosch 360.
 
Visitors heading to Stellenbosch in the coming months can expect the following:
 
Pancake and wine pairings at Uitkyk Wine Estate
The fantastically popular Uitkyk pancake-and-wine pairings are back this winter season. A delicious way to spend your Saturday! A scrumptious selection of five pancakes, prepared with various fillings are presented to guests on a wooden platter with five wines, all produced on Uitkyk Estate.
 
Date: 30 July, 13 and 27 August
Venue: Uitkyk Wine Estate
Book via: info@uitkyk.co.za
Cost: R100 per person
Website: www.uitkyk.co.za
 
Creative Block pairings at Spier
Created by Chef Charl Coetzee and sommelier Welma Beukes, this gourmet food pairing features Creative Block 2, 3 and 5 as well as Spier’s Late Bottled Vintage 2007 - a collaboration that both honours individual flavours, as well enhances them to form new ones.
 
Date: Monday to Saturday 9h00 – 17h00 and from 11h00 – 18h00 on Sundays
Venue: Spier Wine Tasting Room
Book via: 021 809 1143
Cost: R135 per couple
Website: www.spier.co.za
 
Lourensford chocolate and wine pairing
 
Four handmade chocolate batons, crafted to perfectly complement the wines, are paired with a fabulous Viognier (the ideal Autumn white!), two reds (Merlot and SMV) and ended off with a sweet note in the form of a very unique Honey Liqueur.
 
Date: Booking required
Venue: Lourensford Wine Estate
Book via: info@lourensford.co.za
Cost: R65 per person
Website: www.lourensford.co.za
 
Bubbly and sweets pairing at JC le Roux
By carefully pairing its Méthode Cap Classique and sparkling wines with a selection of tempting sweet treats from nougat to marshmallows and meringues, South Africa's leading home of sparkling wine offers you sheer indulgence in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands.
 
Date: Daily, booking required
Venue: The Tasting Room at JC le Roux
Book via: info@jcleroux.co.za  
Cost: R100 per person
Website: www.jcleroux.co.za
 
Flash food, slow wine pairing at Neethlingshof Wine Estate
A custom wine pairing experience called A Flash Food, Slow Wine Pairing sees modern “take-away” food paired with their eco-friendly wines.
 
Date: Booking required
Venue: Neethlingshof Wine Estate
Book via: info@neethlingshof.co.za
Cost: R65 per person
Website: www.neethlingshof.co.za
 
Pairings at Alto Wine Estate
Indulge your senses with a Fine Old Vintage and Chocolate Pairing experience - three delectable truffles paired with our rich, coffee and almond based Fine Old Vintage. Or opt for the Pâté & Wine Pairing - a notable range of classically styled reds, teamed up with home-made pâtés and 100% rye bread.
 
Date: Booking essential for groups of 6 or more
Venue: Alto Wine Estate
Book via: info@alto.co.za
Cost: R45 per person for the Fine Old Vintage and Chocolate Pairing, R50 per person for the Pâté & Wine Pairing
Website: www.alto.co.za
 
Oude Werf Hotel soul food evenings
Steaming thick soups, slow-simmered bredies and curries, sticky steamed puddings… each of these comfort food pleasures is served hot every Thursday until the end of September at the Oude Werf Hotel.
 
Date: Every Thursday, booking essential
Venue: Oude Werf Hotel
Book via: restaurant@oudewerfhotel.co.za
Cost: R155 per person
Website: www.oudewerfhotel.co.za
 
Get ‘piggy with it’ at the Bottelary Hills Wine Route ‘Pop Up’ Lunch
If a slow-cooked Sunday lunch makes you happy as a pig in mud, then join the next Pop Up Lunch of the Bottelary Hills Wine Route when celebrity chef Bertus Basson will pay homage to pork and all its palatable pleasures.
 
Date: 14 August, booking essential
Venue: Groenland Estate
Book via: marketing@wineroute.co.za
Cost: R350 per person
Website: www.wineroute.co.za
 
Sweets and brandy pairing at Van Ryn’s Distillery
Van Ryn’s offers unique pairings such as Belgian chocolate, Florentine biscuits and a choice of charcuterie and cheese platters with their award-winning, hand-crafted potstill brandies.
 
Date: booking essential
Venue: Van Ryn’s Distillery
Book via: info@vanryns.co.za
Website: www.vanryn.co.za
 
Fleur du Cap Salt and Wine Pairings
Pair Fleur du Cap wines with artisanal, salted delicacies at Die Bergkelder where handmade morsels meld seamlessly with hands-off, naturally crafted wines. When you join them for one of their unique wine and salt tasting experiences you get to take home an insightful booklet with delicious recipes pairing these elegant wines to some of the world’s finest artisanal salts.
 
Date: Mondays to Fridays between 09h00 and 17h30; and Saturdays between 09h00 and 15h30; bookings essential
Venue: Die Bergkelder
Book via: nferreira@distell.co.za
Cost: R75 per person
Website: www.fleurducap.co.za
 
Delheim cupcake & wine pairing
Delheim’s signature foursome includes an exotic pomegranate cupcake, matched with the ever-popular Delheim Pinotage Rosé, for a fun, fruity and fresh start. A Rooibos cupcake infused with lemon and topped with a cream cheese and honey icing, is paired with the Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment. A Pumpkin & vanilla cupcake infused with star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped with diced pickled pumpkin, is paired with our Delheim Pinotage. A traditional African makataan cupcake, festooned with makataan (wild melon) syrup icing, shares the spotlight with our Delheim Gewürztraminer to end off the pairing.
 
Date: bookings essential
Venue: The Cellardoor at Delheim
Book via: restaurant@delheim.com
Cost: R75 per person
Website: www.delheim.co.za
 
Lanzerac chocolate and wine pairing
Five of Lanzerac’s premium wines paired with selected chocolates.
 
Date: Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:30; Sunday & Public Holiday 09;00 – 16:30
Venue: Lanzerac Hotel & Spa
Book via: winetasting@lanzerac.co.za
Cost: R110 per person
Website: www.lanzerac.co.za
 
Winelands Chocolate Festival
The Winelands Chocolate Festival will envelope an abundance of entertainment, education and chocolate indulgence for everyone.
 
Date: 20 and 21 August
Venue: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate
Cost: R60 - R120 per person
Website: www.winelandschocolatefestival.co.za 
 
Morgenster’s NEW Italian wine and chocolate pairing
Visitors to Morgenster’s tasting room on the Estate in Somerset West outside Cape Town can enjoy a new experience, a wine tasting of owner Giulio Bertrand’s Italian Collection wines paired with specially selected artisan chocolates. Named for Bertrand’s love of Italian opera, the three Morgenster Italian Collection wines are grown and produced in South Africa from Italian varieties. Each has been matched with strikingly different chocolates handmade by local chocolatier Jane Stewart from finest quality Belgian chocolate.
 
Date: 10h00-17h00 daily
Venue: Tasting Room at Morgenster
Book via: info@morgenster.co.za
Cost: R40 for five Italian Collection wines, or R65 for a four-chocolate and three-Italian Collection wine tasting
Website: www.morgenster.co.za

For more information on the Stellenbosch Experience and inspiration to visit the region, visit www.stellenboschexperience.co.za and keep an eye on #visitStellenbosch.