Stellenbosch is a popular day trip from Cape Town for wine tastings and beautiful surroundings. There are over 300 wine farms in the Stellenbosch region, so I decided to spend a few days there to really put my palate to good use. This ended up being a somewhat regretted decision. My days spent on wine farms in Stellenbosch were absolutely wonderful, but my nights spent in what I would argue is one of the worst hostels in South Africa did put a bit of a negative spin on the experience.
For anybody travelling to Stellenbosch in the near future, I urge you, please do not stay at the Stumble Inn hostel. The only other hostel (Banghoek Place) was sold out, so instead of paying extra for a bed and breakfast or a guest house, I went with the only other hostel. I will not bore you with details of what the hostel did that made it so atrocious, but to put it in perspective, I stayed three nights and didn’t end up paying a penny for my accommodation. A staff member at the hostel ended up agreeing that it was so bad that I should not have to pay, which does say something about the business that they are running, and I use the term “business” loosely.
But enough of the negative and on with the positive!
The wine farms in Stellenbosch are all absolutely gorgeous, each one has it’s own distinct personality and charm. Simonsig offers a short tour through some of their winemaking facilities and the tasting area is often accompanied by bearded musicians strumming guitars, so it’s pretty much perfect.
De Morgenzon is one of the more beautiful wine farms, and it is also one of the few, if not the only, that plays music to some of it’s vines, believing that the vibrations from the music will enhance the quality of the grapes.
Jordan Wines is another gem in Stellenbosch, with beautiful lakes and lush green grass flanked by clear blue skies and mountains.
So, what do you think? A fan of the wine farms or not for you?