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Wednesday 10 May 2017

New attractions in South Africa's wine capital

Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second-oldest town and wine tourism capital, is very much on the move. 

I visited a couple of months ago, staying at the excellent Oude Werf Hotel, and in just a couple of months new dining options have opened up in a town surrounded by dramatic scenery and vineyards, rich Cape heritage, art and architecture. 

One of the world’s leading wine tourism destinations with more than 150 wine farms, Stellenbosch offers visitors exciting and authentic experiences including tastings, world-class restaurants, family attractions and exciting lifestyle activities, 

Stellenbosch is located only 30 minutes inland from the Cape’s best beaches, 40km from Cape Town International Airport and 50km from Cape Town itself. 

It is an ideal hub from which to explore the city, coastal regions and the rest of the Cape Winelands.

A recent restaurant arrival in town: The Fat Butcher

The Fat Butcher is a new kid in Stellenbosch's bustling gourmet quarter, a modern steakhouse situated on the corner of Drostdy and Van Riebeeck streets, surrounded by the town’s oldest buildings. The menu features a choice between burgers, grills (“allegaartjie” mixed grill, pork ribs, lamb rump & lamb T-bone), steaks (200-300g sirloin, rump, fillet, dry-aged New York cut, cote du boeuf, T-bone, and three signature steaks) and a few “local flavour” favourites (pork belly, lamb shank, pie of the day, porcini risotto and oxtail). 

The space in this historical building got a contemporary interior revamp with tasteful leather booths, wooden tables, textured wall paint and a masculine yet luxurious feel. 

A new dining experience: The Bus Stop @ Stellenbosch Vineyards

The casual Bus Stop promises to serve the best burgers, pizzas and waffles in the winelands. 

This casual eatery is situated in the centre of the pond on the Welmoed farm, sporting a bright yellow 1980 Bedford bus as the heart of the centrepiece. This "food truck" has been refurbished into a bar serving and highlighting the innovative Infusions, the farm’s heritage brand Welmoed and the home brand Stellenbosch Vineyards. The menu features craft beer, wood-fired pizzas and burgers from the open-air kitchen.

Autumn special: Delheim Goes Cape Malay 

One of the iconic estates in the Cape winelands is featuring traditional Cape Malay flavours for a series of special lunches during May. 

Known for their spice and warmth, the Cape Malay dishes will be an ideal foil for the cold days that lie ahead. Dates are May 13, 20 and 27 – and bookings are now open.

For more information on the Stellenbosch Experience, and reasons to visit the region, visit: 

# The writer was a guest of Amarula

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