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A Guide to Exploring Stellenbosch Beyond the Vines

When one thinks of Stellenbosch, the mind often drifts to rolling vineyards and an array of wine-tasting experiences. However, in the heart of this charming student town, there is so much more that goes beyond its allure of grape-laden landscapes. We’ve put together a few of our favourite hidden gems and activities that make Stellenbosch a must-visit destination..,

1. Jan Marais Nature Reserve

Begin your Stellenbosch experience with a tranquil escape to Jan Marais Nature Reserve. Nestled at the top of Victoria Street, this reserve is a haven of peace and natural beauty. Pack a picnic basket filled with local treats, uncork a bottle of your favourite Simonsig wine and let the flavours of this tranquil oasis mingle with the notes of your chosen varietal – it’s the perfect way to unwind before diving into the vibrant heart of Stellenbosch.

2. Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

For a touch of botanical wonder, head to the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden. Home to a diverse collection of (mostly) indigenous plants, impressive bonsais and lush greenhouses, this garden is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Take a stroll through the meandering pathways, nestled amidst the vibrant blooms, breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the beauty of the garden’s rich flora.

3. A Coetzenburg Hike

 For those seeking a bit of adventure, a hike up Coetzenburg is a must. The panoramic views from the summit are nothing short of breathtaking, offering a unique perspective of Stellenbosch and its surrounding landscapes. Strap on your hiking boots, embrace the crisp mountain air and reward yourself with a well-earned glass of our Kaapse Vonkel at the peak.

4. The Dorp Street Sunday Market 

Experience the vibe and shop like a local at the Dorp Street Sunday Market. This vibrant curb-side market is a celebration of local talent, featuring live music, stalls adorned with unique handmade crafts and a thriving thrift scene waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, discover little treasures and absorb the radiant energy that flows through the oak-shaded street.

5. The Pottery 

Embrace your creative spirit at The Pottery, where you can paint your very own ceramic piece. From small trinket trays and bowls to beautifully crafted vases and mugs, The Pottery is a must-do activity in Stellenbosch. Engage in a therapeutic artistic experience, and anticipate the joy of returning to collect your one-of-a-kind, handmade keepsake. 

6. The Laser Lab

After a day of exploration, treat yourself to a well-deserved pamper at The Laser Lab. Sip on a glass of our Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé as you indulge in the delight of self-care treatments. From skincare to nail glam, let the stresses of everyday life melt away, and step out feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and revitalised. 

 7. Simon Wine Emporium 

No visit to Stellenbosch is complete without a visit to the Simon Wine Emporium. Discover a comprehensive range of Stellenbosch wines, including Simonsig. From our Chenin Blanc, Pick of the Bunch Pinotage, and our carefully crafted  Merindol Syrah to the celebratory Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar, stock up on your favourite wines to truly savour the taste of Stellenbosch long after your stay.

The charming allure of Stellenbosch extends far beyond its idyllic vineyards – it’s the culmination of those memorable experiences that leave you wanting to return from the moment you leave. With Simonsig’s wines by your side, every experience becomes a celebration, and each sip is a toast to the richness of the town’s timeless charm.