10 Top Stellenbosch Wineland Restaurants for the Golden Hour
Whether it be a cosy romantic meal with your partner or a family fun-filled feast, we have you covered with our latest TOP restaurant picks in the Cape Winelands for gorgeous golden hour dining with friends and family!
For more spectacular sundowner spots for dining with the tots, see our latest blog here!
*Please note: all information is correct at the date of publication. See individual winery websites for up-to-date info!
96 Winery Road One of our favourite restaurants in the Cape Winelands and a true local gem - 96 Winery Road. With an extraordinarily extensive wine list, this is a wine enthusiast's playground and a place that brings us back time and again.
Sip on the finest local or international wines with stunning views of Table Mountain while your tots play and clamber to their heart's content in the kiddie's play area.
Pop in for a delicious cup of freshly brewed coffee and one of their mouth-watering stuffed croissants... The best way to start the day! Or spend the evening dining on some of the finest cuisine that Stellenbosch has to offer. A must-try is their scrumptious Small Plates menu - an exciting selection of delectable signature dishes that surprise the senses. Choose between savoury or sweet, you won't be disappointed either way.
Open 7 days a week, it's the perfect place to play out the pesky loadshedding! Family-friendly: Very Child-friendly
Blaauwklippen One of Stellenbosch's oldest wine farms - Blaauwklippen. A down-to-earth winery with a modern, artisanal flair shaped through the centuries by a rich history of winemaking.
Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean way of life at their casual country-style restaurant with a choice of light meals, salads & mezze platters. Take shade outside under a canopy of giant trees overlooking a vast verdant lawn on their new Panorama Terrace - perfect for those glamorous golden hour moments!
Choose from a variety of tasting options: Classic Wine Tasting @R95pp (5 wines), Premium Wine Tasting @R110pp (5 premium wines) & Craft Gin Tasting @R95pp (trio of craft gins accompanied by unique garnishes & tonic), or perfect pairings: Wine and Chocolate Pairing @R185pp (5 artisanal chocolates paired with wines & specialities), Red Wine & Fudge Pairing @R115pp (3 premium red wines paired with velvety handmade fudge), Heritage Macaron & Wine Pairing @R185pp (6 magnificent macarons paired with 6 wines) & Gin & Nougat Pairing @R160pp (3 gins accompanied by 3 delectable handmade nougat pieces).
Don't miss their popular Blaauwklippen Family Market every Saturday & Sunday! Browse the various local stalls, from food & drinks to art and fashion... There's something for everyone!
Family-friendly: Very Child-friendly
Thirsty Scarecrow An adult's playground with a massive menu of cocktails, craft beers, wines, spirits and more, The Thirsty Scarecrow is another legendary local hotspot.
Situated on Mooiberge Farms with marvelous views of the Stellenbosch mountains and endless rows of bright red strawberries, ripe for the picking. Pull up a seat, order one of their many on-tap craft beers with some gourmet pub grub and get ready to feel at home with their relaxing atmosphere and secure play area for the tots.
Take advantage of their awesome beer tastings or get adventurous with their rum, grappa, cachaca, vodka, brandy or cognac tastings on their quaint wooden deck.
Line your stomach with some of the most creative comfort food from their popular chicken & waffles to irresistible slow-cooked braised beef short ribs, and many more delicious dishes!
Family-friendly: Very Child-friendly
Haskell Founded in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain surrounded by vibrant vineyards & an air of timeless tranquility, is Haskell Vineyards.
Explore Haskell's 2 awesome wine ranges - the Haskell Wine Range (2 Syrahs, & a red blend) & the Dombeya Wine Range (their lifestyle range consisting of 5 value for money wines). Try their Lifestyle Tasting @R75pp (4 Dombeya wines & 1 Haskell wine) or their Premium Tasting @R95pp (3 Haskell Wines & 1 Dombeya wine). Get the full Haskell experience with their Food & Wine Pairing @R195pp (selection of 4 small tasters from their menu accompanied by a selection of 1 Dombeya & 3 Haskell wines).
Longtable Restaurant offers authentic flavourful Cape cuisine with seating inside or outside facing the Stellenbosch mountain, with an unpretentious, relaxing environment. The delicious dishes are created using organic veggies & sustainable fish as well as ZERO use of plastics!
Enjoy the fresh autumn air with a relaxing family picnic on Haskell's lush green lawns (Nov to April only) @R399 for 2 pax. Feast on freshly baked breads, cheeses & preserves, locally cured meats, summer veggie salads and delectable chocolate desserts.
Family-friendly: Yes ; there is also a little jungle gym to the side of the restaurant where the kids can play too.
Ernie Els Picturesque panoramic views of Table Mountain & the Helderberg Mountains, comforting country cuisine, and a range of stunning wines... Ernie Els truly lives up to its name as a prestigious world known winery.
Their 4 collections (Signature, Major Series, Big Easy & Proprietor’s) epitomise the elegance of the estate with iconic varietals & blends of characteristic style & exclusivity with a particular focus on Cabernet Sauvignon. Make yourself at home in their warm & welcoming tasting room or absorb the golden autumn rays on their wide wooden terrace.
Choose between 3 different tasting options depending on your palate: Player’s Tasting @R95pp (Big Easy Cab Sauv Rosé, Major Series Merlot, BE Cab Sauv, BE Red Blend), Major Tasting @R135pp (MS Merlot, MS Cab Sauv, Proprietor’s Syrah, Proprietor’s Blend) or Flagship Tasting @R165pp (Signature 2016 & Signature 2013).
Delight in hearty contemporary farmhouse cuisine on their stunning terrace as the sun sinks into the horizon. Don't miss their seasonal grillworks - a unique dining experience on their terrace (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only).
Family-friendly: Yes ; Opt to dine outside & your kids can even have some fun at golf by taking a turn at putting to the green.
Guardian Peak Named after the towering peak on Stellenbosch Mountain, this long-time family favourite farm consistently produces approachable everyday wines to be enjoyed at every occasion.
Build your own tasting - choose any number of wines from any of their 5 ranges (Guardian Peak, Afrikaans, Cirrus, Donkiesbaai & Stellenbosch Reserve) and pay per glass!
Their restaurant offers a range of mouth-watering dishes that pair perfectly with their wines - a testament to their philosophy that a lifestyle without wine is incomplete! Try their new summer menu, or simply enjoy a sundowner as the Stellies sun sets.
Family-friendly: Average - Guardian Peak welcome families and children; however, they have recently removed their jungle gym to the side of the restaurant.
Glenelly Sip on some of Stellies' finest wines with a spectacular view overlooking the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain at Glenelly.
Their wine range consists of Lady May (their flagship wine), Estate Reserve (premium range featuring a red Bordeaux blend & a wooded Chardonnay) & the Glass Collection (features unoaked Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc & Le Rose de May).
The Vine Bistro brings the art of French cooking to the Cape Winelands with their flavourful classic French bistro cuisine with a modern twist... The perfect complement to Glenelly's fine wines!
Prepare to be wowed with Madame de Lencquesaing’s Glass Museum - a collection of privately-owned glass artworks (one of the largest in the world!) including masterpieces from Dali & Tagliapietra.
Family-friendly: Average - families are welcome and children can have a game of boules outside or bring their own games!
Lanzerac Prepare to spend a day (or few) at Lanzerac with so much to see and do - with bars, restaurants, a tasting venue, a phenomenal day spa & a 5 star country hotel... A truly amazing experience!
Visit their tasting room open 7 days a week! Savour a tasting on the veranda overlooking the beautiful vineyards with soaking in the summer sun.