They produce an average of 8000 tons per annum in a wide variety of cultivars such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Other cultivars include Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Semillon and Chardonnay.
BOOKINGS: Book your wine tasting in advance to avoid dissappointment. To reserve your tasting, call +27 (0)21 881 3828 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
WINE TASTING: There are two tastings available. The very popular Biltong and wine pairing (which includes bacon during Dec & Jan for R65) as well as the normal tasting of 5 wines for R15. Excellent value for money!
WHEN TO GO: Anytime. The tasting room is in an old concrete wine vat which is cool in the summer and warm in the winter (fire place available.)
TIME OF VISIT: This visit should not take you longer than 1 hour.
SERVICE: Very friendly and efficient!
OTHER AMENITIES: No.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Not recommended.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 2 – 4 people. There is also a private tasting available for larger groups.
LOCATION: About a 30 minute drive from Cape Town in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch Hills Wine Farm Directions.
OTHER RATINGS: Learn what others have rated on Trip Advisor by reading the Stellenbosch Hills Trip Advisor Review Page.
Here’s my experience:
I must have driven past this wine farm a dozen times without even knowing it is there! It is very close to Vredenheim and Spier.
The entrance is quite modern and clean.
The tasting area is in one of the old concrete wine vats. So you will still see the red wine stains on the wall. This room is extremely cool so it will be great for those of you trying to get away from the summer heat.
I met up with Stephanie who was very friendly and helpful for the tasting. The tasting room staff wear name badges so it is easier to remember their name.
The biltong and wine tasting consists normally of 6 pairings. For the months of December and Jan, they added a 7th pairing to the list. Chenin Blanc with bacon biltong. YUMMY!
The Bacon biltong is barbeque spiced and paired with Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc, a succulent wine resplendent with aromas of tropical fruit and a fresh, fruity palate reminiscent of pineapple, apricot, melon and granadilla. It is the perfect combo of smoky spice and fresh, fruity decadence.
The biltong is freshly sealed in individual packs and you are given scissors to open each pack.
Here are the different pairings:
- Springbok Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve White: a perfect balance between lean, dry gaminess and the wine’s sumptuous citrus and buttered toast flavours;
- Moist Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Polkadraai Pinotage/Merlot: succulent complexity matched with sweeter notes of the premier red blend;
- Ostrich Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Merlot: milder game meat perfectly complemented by the plummy, ripe fruit flavours of a well-rounded companion;
- Smoked Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Shiraz: A unique oak-smoked and cured biltong, gently spiced connect seamlessly with smoky flavours of a wine that exhibits a hint of dark chocolate;
- Kudu Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Cabernet Sauvignon: Subtle yet rich game flavours perfect match for silky tannin and notes of ripe black fruit; and,
- Traditional Beef Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve Red: Exotic zest of roasted coriander offsets the wine’s clean spice and ripe tannin.
My favourite pairing was the Kudu droewors paired with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Stellenbosch Hills also has a sparkling wine range (Pinot Noir Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc) as well as a sweet Muscat to tickle the senses.
I had a great time, and so did a few other locals.
Again, bookings are strongly advised – especially for the short-run bacon addition. A tasting session runs for some 45 minutes – a steal at R65 per person.
Book immediately by sending an email to email@example.com or call 021 881 3828.
For more information about Stellenbosch Hills and its wines, visit www.stellenbosch-hills.co.za.
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So which farm will be next?