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Stellenbosch Wine Tour

Let's Learn English student outing to Stellenbosch and surrounds

Joshua Gaylard

on 6 May 2016

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Transcript of Stellenbosch Wine Tour

Our journey to the bosch
Stellenbosch Wine Tour
History behind the route
Starke-Conde Wine Estate
The Stellenbosch Wine Route was established in 1971
by three prominent wine makers in the area. It has grown into a very popular tourism destination as it combines the beautiful Cape scenery the chance to savour and enjoy some of the finest 'New World' wines on offer in a beautiful setting.
The mediterranean climate and elevated altitude offers a perfect environment for growing grapes. During the grow season in summer, temperatures average 20 degrees C, just slightly higher than Bordeaux in France.
First grapes were planted in 1679, and the wine route now consists of over 150 wineries.
One of the most atmospheric and historic Wine Estates is Muratie. It exists on a farm which was founded in 1685, making it one of the oldest Estates still in existance in South Africa.

Run by the Melck family, it employs traditional wine making method which has been in existance for over a century, attracting wine lovers from around the globe.
Muratie Wine Estate
High up on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain, this property dates from 1699 and originally belonged to a servant of the Dutch East India Company, whose job was to fire a cannon located on the hill above the property to notify settlers of foreign ships docking in False Bay.
More modern than Muratie, it was first used adapted into a winery in 1944, during World War II. They could not import materials during the war, so primitive yet ingenious methods were used. It now produces 1,500 bottles of wine per day.
Delheim Wine Estate
One of the more audacious of the estates on the wine route, Delaire is the most 'upmarket' estate on our tour. Acquired by the owner of a large diamond consortium, it also boasts luxury spas, boutiques, and a restaurant.

Our main reason for going there are the stunning views as well as a chance to see another style of winery. It aims to blend traditional Dutch architecture with an artistic 'African' design as well as 5 star hotel resort style luxury.

If any of you make it big one day - treat yourself to a night or two in this fine establishment, which claims to be 'heaven'.
Delaire Wine Estate
Our destination today where we will wine and dine at the Post Card Cafe. This estate is owned by my uncle Hans Peter and is located in the beautiful Jonkershoek Valley.
Their focus is quality over quantity. They produce a limited amount of wine matured and aged in French oak barrels.
The Post Card Cafe was opened a few years ago, is run by my cousin Marie, and has become a popular stop for on the wine route.
The perfect place to try wine tasting!
Situated 50km outside of Cape Town and surrounded by the beautiful Jonkershoek Valley mountain scenery lies the city of Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town. It was founded by Simon van der Stel (Stellenbosch translates into 'Van der Stel's bush')in 1679 who was govenor of the area in control of the Cape during that time.

There are many examples of classic Cape Dutch architecture on display in the area, which date from 1686. The town is also known as Eikestad (City of Oaks) named after the plentiful oak trees which line the streets planted by the ealier Cape Dutch settlers.
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