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Cape Town is saturated with events and make no mistake many are great but every now and then one comes along that is uber amazing, well organised and tons of fun. Such was the #Stellenblog tweet up I joined last week (5 May) in the Western Cape’s foremost student town and oldest wine route, Stellenbosch. Invited by the dynamic Mariette du Toit Hembold from Destinate, I joined other bloggers, Instagrammers and tweeters on a leisurely walkabout, stopping at various bars, restaurants, a bookshop, a Gallery and a boutique hotel to capture the Amazingness. The grand finale of our day was at Dornier wine estate for the big launch party where superb wine flowed and amazing food just kept coming. All this and great live music too…this uber events team thought of everything.

As the invite so aptly put it, ‘Stellenbosch is not just about pretty vines’. Established in 1679, Stellies is the 2nd oldest town in South Africa and it oozes character I tell you. Aside from being very good looking with its gorgeous Dutch gabled architecture, streets lined with ancient oaks and stunning vineyards in every direction, Stellenbosch has a fantastic chilled vibe from morning till night. Come wine o’clock, you’ll find people from all walks of life hanging out at sidewalk cafés and the social scene buzzes.

Our first stop where we were met with a warm welcome & delish tapas was Bartinney’s Wine & Champagne Bar – I loved the handcrafted wire name tags…a fab touch. Then, (pics are uploaded in order of where we went) there was the Brampton Wine Studio, the SMAC Gallery, Wijnhuijs, Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, enjoying street art, and finally Dornier Wine Estate for the #Stellenblog launch party and a whole lot of feasting and drinking. Thank goodness for Thrifty’s shuttling us all over the place so we could indulge ourselves in the excellence and abundance of great South African fare…

People from Afar, make Stellenbosch a must-see on your next trip to beautiful Cape Town!


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A former ballerina, I am now a Cape Town based publicist specialising in the entertainment industry. One of my major passions is travel, in my city & around the world, keeping an eye on ethical tourism as I go. Explore more. That's all.

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