I visited Asara wine estate in the Stellenbosch wineries as part of a group tour in the summer of 2016 and was totally in awe of the beauty surrounding this gem. With the stunning views of Stellenbosch mountain ranges with natural colors ranging from gold, green, auburn and red, Stellenbosch wine tour sounds like a definite plan during a visit to Cape Town.
The Stellenbosch wine estates in Cape Town is one of the oldest wineries in South Africa dating back in 1971 and features over 200 wine farms, located about 45 minutes by car from Cape Town.
Basically, a wine tasting tour entails learning about various types of wines produced in a winery and how to pair wines with foods and cheese. Some wine tours even give the basics like how to hold a wine glass and which part of the tongue feels the flavor.
Follow my exciting adventure in the Asara wine estate and learn about dressing for a wine tour, as well as other wineries available on the Stellenbosch wine route:
How to Get There
If travelling on a budget and plan a Stellenbosch wine tour, here are different ways of getting to Stellenbosch town from Cape Town:
The Northern Line that goes up to Wellington and Strand is a good option.
This route has a rather irregular train schedule that leaves the Cape Town main station (Platform 9) Monday through Friday 6 am to 16.30. The train is very popular with the University of Stellenbosch students. From the train station, you’ll need to take a taxi to the Winelands, about 9 minutes by car.
Although Cape Town is considerably safer, it’s advisable not to travel by train after 6 pm. Also, keep an eye on your belongings so as not to lose them. I mean, this is obvious everywhere in the world, right?
Cape Town has a backpacker’s bus, how sweet! This bus offers 24 hours services interconnecting different backpacker’s lodges and hotels and surrounding tourist attractions. The charges get cheaper with the number of passengers inside. If you’re just solo, you gotta part with Zar 300 ($22).
Uber X will cost around Zar 420 on average from Cape Town city centre to Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch is about 45 minutes drive from Cape Town city. You could drive on either N1 or N2. If on N2, exit on Baden Powell Drive (R310) and follow the well-marked road to Stellenbosch. If on N1, exit on R304. The N1 road is considered safer than N2 especially when driving at night.
Dressing for a Wine Tour
We girls are always searching what to wear where and when. When it comes to wine tasting, it’s advisable to consider several factors before you choose your dress. I’ve done wine tours in Cape Town, South Africa and Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. Learning from my dressing mistakes, here are a few tips on the most favorable dress code for a wine tasting tour:
Heels or Flats? Choose wisely here girls. Some Vineyards have manicured walkways and seats while others have stand-up counters for tasting and part of the tour involves walking through the vineyards. Wear comfortable shoes that can accommodate the style of your intended Vineyard. In Asara winery and many other wineries, flat shoes or comfortable wedges are recommended.
Dress or Pants? Totally up to you. A blouse and a pair of blue jeans sound good and effortless. Throw a scarf in the bag as an accessory or just in case the weather changes. A little floral dress sounds even better during summer.
And the guys? Golf attire will blend perfectly in a winery. A pair of jeans and loafers is acceptable too.
Let’s talk about the view…
Even if you’re not a wine lover, do a Stellenbosch wine tour just for the views. Sit by the lake in the Asara wine estate and enjoy the beautiful views of the vineyard, the mountains, and rose garden.
Colors on the mountain range from red, auburn, green and gold, warming the blue sky which would make you keep staring.
Asara Wine Estates Hotel as part of Stellenbosch wine tour
This 5-star hotel will get you hooked instantly. It’s perfect for honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries or just a chilled-out afternoon when you can be forgiven for drinking copious amounts of wine. One thing is for sure, this luxurious hotel is not for your backpacking trip 😉
However, the icing on the cake is if you book a night in the hotel you get a complimentary wine tour.
Other wine farms in the Stellenbosch Wine Route
- Delaire Graff
- Devon Valley Vintners
- Bottelary Hills
- Rust en Vrede
If wine tasting is your only business at Asara wine estate, Zar 30 will give you a choice of 3 wines while Zar 50 gives you a choice of 5 wines. If in a big group, it’s advisable to book in advance.
Carolina | My Global Attitude