Can I Have Some More Wine, Please?

Can I Have Some More Wine, Please?

Living in Cape Town, when we need a break (and we're very busy, so that's quite often!) we head over to Stellenbosch, a bit of an undiscovered charm in #SouthAfrica. We went for the #wine, but had a fantastic time exploring the local #culture as well. Wine tasting followed an incredible spa day, where we were totally pampered. It was a romantic, food-filled getaway that wiped away our stress.

My boyfriend and I lead very busy lives. We both work 9-to-5 jobs, he has college classes after that, and I try to fit in a 45-minute workout 5 times a week. Let’s not forget trying to socialise with friends and spend time with our families.

With all of these things going on, we’re always looking for opportunities to run away from the hustle of Cape Town. We’re fortunate enough to live just 50 minutes away from the scenic and historic town of lovely Stellenbosch. Known all over Cape Town as Stellies, Stellenbosch is known for the myriad of wine farms in and around town, its beautiful scenery and old-timey aesthetic and of course, the love of rugby.

Stellenbosch is known for the myriad of wine farms in and around town.

Each time we stay in Stellies we try and stay in a different bed and breakfast, guest house or lodge; this time we stayed at the Apple Tree Guest House. It’s a cosy B&B that serves a great breakfast to get your day started the right way; with a full belly. We visited over summer but with a double-sided wood-burning fireplace in the middle of the dining room and lounge, I would gladly spend a winter night curled up with a glass of red wine and a good book.

from  $121

Hotel Apple Tree Guest House

 6 Paul Kruger Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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What’s the best way to start a relaxing weekend away? With a few spa treatments, of course. We absolutely love the Delaire Graff Spa. It’s a bit pricey but worth every penny. It’s great for special occasions like anniversaries.

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Aromatherapy and Wellbeing Treatment Massage

 Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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Next up, wine! My boyfriend is not a wine connoisseur and until a few years ago, neither was I. All I needed to know was: is it red and is it cheap? As I got older and spent time with people who liked to sniff the contents of their wine glass before taking a sip and then swirl it around in their mouths before swallowing, I have learnt to appreciate a good glass of wine.

I have learnt to appreciate a good glass of wine.

Throughout our time in Stellies and in an attempt to further educate myself, we have been to a number of wine estates for wine tasting and whiskey tasting. This time around, I wanted to visit The House of J.C. Le Roux to do a sparkling wine tasting and pairing. The venue is absolutely dazzling and the wine tasting area is so elegantly laid out. There are different pairing options to choose from but I went for the deluxe option with the MCC range of bubblies being paired with sweet treats such as figs, meringues and shortbread. The boyfriend has a more savory palate and opted for the olive pairing.

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J.C. Le Roux Wine Tasting Experience

 Le Roux Avenue, Midrand, South Africa
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Another one of the great things about Stellies is the amazing selection of food available all over town. From sincere home-styled cooking and baking to a variety of top-notch cuisines your tummy is always full.

On Sunday morning, we went to the Blaauwklippen market. The market has a wide variety of food stalls, which encourages you to stop counting calories quickly. I ate my first cronut filled with custard and tried some authentic Dutch bitterballen. Among all the food are arts and crafts stalls and a huge second-hand bookstall where you can get awesome reads at a steal. This market is the perfect way to end off a relaxing weekend and one I would definitely visit every few months.

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