Updated: Oct 14
Stellenbosch is as an ideal destination for those seeking a unique blend of quality wine, relaxation, and family-friendly experiences. In this captivating corner of the Cape, where the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountain ranges frame the landscape, you'll uncover a world where children's laughter mingles with the clinking of wine glasses.
Follow our journey through the heart of SA's wine country as we unveil our Top 12 Kid-friendly wine farm accommodations in Stellenbosch so you & your tots can delight in a holiday filled with wonder and discovery.
In no particular order here they are:
*Please note: all information is correct at the date of publication. See winery website for up-to-date info!
An evergreen escape awaits at Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate.
Their diverse range of accommodation options includes the Vineyard Suites (historic "dorpshuisies" restored into 8 sophisticated suites & a Honeymoon Suite, showcasing sweeping valley views from their stoeps), Orchard Suites (6 stunning suites, formerly labourer’s cottages, now exudes refinement & luxury amid a charming plum orchard), and the Orchard Family Suites (accommodating up to 4 guests, they present an ideal getaway for families or friends seeking relaxation).
At The Farmer's Pantry, a delightful glimpse into the rustic life of the farm is presented in the culinary experience, inviting guests to relish the renowned Wine & Full House Pizza Pairing.
Encompassing a glass-enclosed chapel, a wine deck for private intimate gatherings, an al fresco river deck, and endless picturesque photography spots, Brenaissance stands as an exceptional event venue & one-stop destination.
The enchanting location & family-friendly atmosphere make this estate an ideal destination for all ages, promising a stunning stay amidst the beauty of the Cape.
Standing proudly along the R44 between Somerset West & Stellies is Eikendal, a cherished child-friendly destination producing some of the Cape's most exceptional wines.
Eikendal Lodge offers a warm, inviting atmosphere throughout the 9 immaculate en-suite rooms with perfect panoramas of the Helderberg Mountain. Their Standard Twin Room, featuring sunny terraces overlooking the gardens & mountain range, can be connected through an interlinking door, making it ideal for families. Revel in relaxed al fresco breakfasts by the pool, comfy evenings near the fireplace, refreshing hikes through the vineyards, and wine tastings in the award-winning cellar.
Choose from a variety of tasting experiences, including the Classic Wine Tasting @R70pp, the Express Wine Tasting @R50pp, or even the dedicated Kids Tasting @R75 per tot. For those with a sweet tooth, try their Cheesecake & Wine Pairing @R170pp.
Cucina Di Giovanni, celebrated as one of the Helderberg region's most beloved eateries, adds a delectable Italian flavour to the Winelands experience, serving up excellent food & wine complemented by breathtaking views of the farm.
Eikendal warmly welcomes families with their kiddie’s playground complete with a jungle gym. Sip on sumptuous wines or dine on delightful al fresco lunches while keeping an eye on the little ones as they clamber around the playground. End the afternoon off with a leisurely tractor ride around the farm @R20pp while witnessing the spectacular Stellies sunset.
Spier, a blissful destination of relaxation and adventure for families, offers an assortment of enjoyable encounters in the Cape Winelands.
The Spier Hotel offers a quaint village-style retreat set against a backdrop of lush green lawns & the serene Eerste River, prioritising simplicity and comfort. The hotel restaurant offers contemporary country dining complemented by a wine bar serving tasty drinks & snacks. Families can visit the Spier Hotel Kids’ Club for a safe, enjoyable dining experience for parents. P.S. Guests can take advantage of a 15% discount when purchasing wine during their stay!
Winos can choose from a range of tastings at Spier – the Winemaker Selection @R110pp, the Spier Tasting @85pp or the Organic Wine Tasting @R120pp. For a more complex look into Spier’s wines, opt for the Chocolate & Wine Tasting @R95pp. Keep the little ones engaged with a tasting of 2 grape juices alongside an educational activity sheet highlighting the vital role of insects in the vineyards @R50 per child.
Embrace the Spring sunshine at Spier with a superb picnic experience. Roll out your picnic blankets, breathe in the fresh farm air, and devour a wholesome basket of seasonal culinary creations @R345pp (R160 per child under 12).
Vadas, the restaurant overlooking Spier's scenic grounds, emphasizes farm-to-plate dining with a focus on simplicity and the quality of produce. While meat lovers can indulge in smoked beef brisket or succulent pork dishes, there are also hearty vegetarian options available.
Being an enthusiastic supporter of African artists, Spier has one of the largest contemporary art collections in the country! Guests can explore the Spier Art Collection which showcases the works of both established & emerging artists across the farm.
Marianne, the home of 2 state-of-the-art boutique wineries, benefits from its setting in the scenic backdrop of the Simonsberg - an ideal terroir for premium grape cultivation. These wineries, guided by a fusion of French expertise & South African flair, are dedicated to crafting fine wines that carry the essence of both worlds.
The 4-star Guest House at Marianne offers a variety of accommodations to suit every preference – the Manor House is a quintessential Cape Dutch farmhouse boasting 5 bedrooms; the Lofts, situated at the heart of the estate, offer both comfort & exceptional service; L'Ermitage, a magnificent villa with 7 exquisite bedrooms, harmoniously blends modern aesthetics with spectacular vineyard vistas; as well as Self-Catering Villas for friends and family get-togethers.
Wine Tasting options include a journey across the wine spectrum from whites to reds (Boutique Wine Experience), a vertical tasting adventure of 4 vintages of Marianne's flagship wine (Madiba Tasting), and a Biltong and Wine Pairing.
Immerse yourself in relaxation at Asara, a splendid estate with twinkling freshwater dams & pristine gardens nestled amidst vast vineyards, welcoming guests to an enchanting world of wine, leisure, and natural splendour.
Asara offers a deluxe, tranquil stay across 3 wings - The Shiraz wing (housing luxury Suites, Signature, Feature, Executive, and Courtyard Rooms) and The Cabernet & Merlot wings. Furthermore, they provide self-catering apartments perfect for friends or families seeking seclusion. Guests are pampered with a private treatment room, providing rest and rejuvenation. The concierge team is always willing to assist in planning daily excursions tailored to guest’s preferences so take advantage when you visit!
The intimate tasting room allows visitors to explore the depth and diversity of the wines while admiring the awesome views from the veranda. Encounter the essence of Asara with their Food & Wine Pairing @R320pp/R340pp which offers a selection of estate wines paired with flavourful creations like exotic roasted cherry tomatoes, panko-crumbed chevin cheese, or Karoo lamb patty, promising a symphony of flavours.
Raphael’s offers modernised regional dishes with magnificent valley views. On the other hand, Sansibar Bistro provides a casual, lively atmosphere for al fresco dining, characterized by wood-fired oven aromas and a friendly atmosphere. For a sophisticated evening, Sansibar is the place to be, presenting a stylish bar experience with striking sunset views over Stellenbosch.
One of our favourite spots for sunsets over the years after a busy day of wine touring!
This gorgeous estate ensconced amidst expansive vineyards, offers a captivating setting for guided wine tastings under the shade of majestic trees or on the terrace, with the dramatic Stellenbosch Mountains forming a remarkable backdrop.
Jordan’s lavish suites are ideal for a distinctive Winelands hideout. Each suite features spacious interiors with unique designs and décor, along with all the amenities you’ll ever need during your stay.
Welcome to wine heaven! Select from a diverse range of wine tasting experiences - Reserve Wine Tasting @R425pp allows guests to sample 4 of the estate's most iconic wines presented in Riedel glassware; Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Experience @R275pp - delve into the world of Cabernet Sauvignon; Timepiece “Certified Heritage Vineyard” Wine Experience @R215pp; Chardonnay Wine Experience @R185pp - world-class Chardonnays; Estate Range Tasting @R100pp - explore the estate's premium quality wines, showcasing single varietals made in various styles.
Embark on a 360° tasting adventure @R645pp, touring the vineyards in an open safari-style Land Rover, while stopping to appreciate the breathtaking views of False & Table Bays, as well as the flora and fauna of the Cape Winelands. Seeking an exclusive experience? Book the Private Evening Wine Drive @R6 000 per group where you can tour the vineyards under the golden rays of the sunset as the day draws to a close.
The Jordan Restaurant, led by Chef Marthinus Ferreira, offers a formal dining experience celebrating contemporary farm cuisine. Families are welcome, children under 12 even have a private seating room! The Cellar Door offers a fantastic fusion of Jordan's award-winning wines at cellar door prices and fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced by Chef Thys Esterhuysen. Visitors can indulge in wine tasting experiences paired with a casual all-day menu featuring a selection of dishes of the day, flammkuchen & sharing platters.
Private picnic pods on the estate's lawn provide breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley & Mountains, accommodating 2-8 adults per pod. Each picnic basket brims with heavenly treats from The Cellar Door, with enough food for 2 to share.
Lanzerac, a revered Stellenbosch icon graced by towering Oak trees, is home to a graceful five-star Country hotel, acclaimed bars, restaurants, a Deli brimming with culinary delights, a remarkable tasting venue, and a chic day spa.
Accommodations offer a blend of old-world grandeur and modern amenities, each suite styled individually to exemplify South African hospitality. Original artworks adorn the walls alongside a collection of timeless antique furniture, creating an ambiance of ageless style. The hotel offers a range of complimentary services to its guests, including breakfast, a select mini-bar, access to the Spa's hydro facilities, a wine tasting, and more...
Lanzerac's esteemed wine offerings include the world's first bottled Pinotage & several distinguished ranges - the Jonkershoek Range comprising award-winning single varietals, the Heritage Range featuring limited-release flagship wines, and the Keldermeester Versameling consisting of Cellar Master Wynand Lategan's limited-release artisanal wines. Explore these exceptional wines in a casual atmosphere, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Stellenbosch Valley. The tasting room also offers a Wine & Chocolate Tasting @R195pp for those looking for a sweet treat.
The Lanzerac Deli summons diners in search of gourmet gastronomies. Known for its cappuccinos & all-day breakfast, the Deli offers a diverse selection of homemade bread, pastries & charcuterie platters to be enjoyed in their cozy indoor setting or on the sunny terrace.
The Manor Kitchen, equally celebrated for its award-winning wines & acclaimed restaurants, stands as one of Stellenbosch's premier gourmet destinations where guests can gorge on an opulent buffet breakfast or delight in classical dinner dishes infused with contemporary influences.
For a more laidback evening, visit the Taphuis Bar, with its country-inspired décor and rustic charm - a regular hangout spot for the WineTots! Particularly lovely for a cosy winter’s eve by the fireside. The gourmet pub-style menu offers sharing plates and light meals, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Or check out the Craven Lounge, an ideal spot for a chilled evening offering an extensive selection of spirits, a curated wine list, and craft beers, alongside a tapas menu.
Visitors are welcomed to an all-encompassing experience that seamlessly blends family-friendly fun, astonishing accommodations, and the wonders of wine tasting at Vredenheim.
In the heart of the historic estate is the magnificent Manor House, erected in 1789, now housing the estate's present owners while retaining much of its original décor. The Vredenheim Guesthouse offers 2 luxurious rooms with glorious views and an outdoor braai area making it a home away from home.
Sample any 5 of the estate's exquisite wines in the tasting room for only R60pp. Even the little ones are catered to with their very own grape juice pairings!
Visit Hudson’s, the on-site restaurant, for a taste of culinary excellence & warm hospitality. Indulge in a delectable picnic with an idyllic setting on their beautifully manicured gardens.
Vredenheim boasts an array of awesome attractions for all ages including The Big Cats Park (home to an expanding family of lions, tigers & leopards), tractor-drawn farm drives (travel the expansive estate for up-close encounters of various game species), a charming vintage car display, an Animal Park (with options for kiddies’ parties!), and craft gin tastings.
De Boerderijwinkel, their exclusive Farm Shop, stocks imported Ports, speciality coffees, olive oils, sweet treats & more. Don’t miss their Três Treat Tasting, a pleasant journey through 3 Port Style wines complemented by sweet & savoury snacks.
L'Avenir’s history dates back to the late 1600s making it among the first areas identified for grape cultivation by the early European settlers in the Cape. The farm specializes in crafting exceptional SA wines with a distinct French touch, focusing primarily on varietals of Pinotage & Chenin Blanc.
L'Avenir Country Lodge is an intimate 4-star retreat just moments away from the historic town of Stellenbosch. They offer a host of enticing features, including home-cooked breakfasts served on the deck & complimentary wine tastings. For visitors seeking tailored experiences, the Country Lodge is ready to accommodate bespoke requests, providing an escape from the hustle and bustle.
Inspired by the sophistication of French bistro culture, L'Avenir's elegant tasting room Cellardoor offers a welcoming ambiance for wine enthusiasts. Depending on the season, savour a glass of Pinotage by the crackling fireplace or a refreshing Chenin Blanc amidst the green gardens overlooking the tranquil lake.
Definitely one of our favourite farms to visit & savour exceptional, proudly-South African Pinotage!
Nestled within a naturally formed amphitheatre and perched high in the captivating Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, is Keermont Vineyards - an oasis of isolation just a stone's throw away from the vibrant attractions of Stellies.
Browse Keermont’s 3 diverse ranges of delightful wines: The Keermont Range - an annual release of wines that are exclusively nurtured, produced & bottled on the Keermont estate. The SVS (Single Vineyard Series) on the other hand, has been meticulously curated to accentuate the exceptional quality and unique character of wines originating from specific vineyard parcels on the estate, with production of each wine in this series being highly limited. Lastly, the Companion Range, although not an annual release, presents a delightful surprise at an accessible price point, comprising just one or two barrels of wine that didn't find their way into the Keermont Range for that particular year.
Cradled in the idyllic countryside of the Cape Winelands is Skilpadvlei, celebrated for its local ambiance and awe-inspiring landscapes that encompass the Stellenbosch Hills.
Guest Cottages beckon travellers with an intimate farm-stay experience, offering B&B and self-catering accommodations. The bed and breakfast provides a peaceful refuge where guests can bask in the comfort of a home away from home, while the self-catering cottages are meticulously planned to provide comfort and convenience, whether you're travelling for business or leisure, making it a pleasant and stress-free stay.
Wine not try out their wines with a standard tasting @R40pp, or, for a more indulgent experience, the cheesecake pairing @R100pp. The tots can also partake in the fun with options like the Kiddies Build-A-Biscuit @R75 per tot or the Sweet Pairing @R55 each.
Come hungry! The restaurant boasts an extensive menu, serving traditional South African culinary treasures like lamb curry, tripe, & flame-grilled pork ribs, and contemporary classics like tantalizing steaks, crispy wood-fired pizzas, and the renowned Skilpadvlei burger.
The menu caters to young palates with a selection of child-friendly options and tot-approved tastings, and, with a dedicated playground, this will quickly become a family, tot-friendly favourite!
At the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands is Weltevreden, a fantastic family-friendly retreat in a beautifully restored Manor House.
The Manor House, with its charming Loft Rooms and thatch roof, offers an irresistible fusion of old-world charm and contemporary luxury. For those seeking a touch of history, opt for the River Cottage situated in the "Waenhuis," possibly the oldest building on Weltevreden! The first floor River Cottage Loft, featuring a private balcony & dreamy bathtub, adds an extra layer of romance. For a more modern stay, check into the Garden Cottage - contemporary 2-bedroom self-catering ideal for small families, offering a walled garden & convenient braai facility.
The charm doesn't stop there… Visit the Carnival (@R10pp), a large themed playground designed to delight the tots with an array of activities for hours of fun while parents savour some downtime on the adjacent picnic lawn! Don’t miss the Build-Your-Own Pizza area or the Sweet Treat Station, they’ll be sure to put a spring in your tot’s step.
Dine at Jonkershuis Restaurant, where traditional hearty country cuisine is infused with modern twists. Seasonal vegetables and herbs sourced from the estate's own farm kitchen grace the menu, delivering flavours that captivate the palate.
Inside the restaurant awaits a haven for wine enthusiasts - the Bertha Tasting Room. Explore their mouthwatering Macaron & Wine Pairing or feast on their Food & Wine Pairing.
Weltevreden is an inviting haven for families seeking serenity, history, and memorable moments, all in the heart of Stellies.
Bonus Accommodation: WineTots Winelands Villa
Last but not least is our very own Stellenbosch Villa, located opposite Vriesenhof Wine Estate. Experience the ultimate expression of wine in the Helderberg & Stellenbosch Mountains surrounded by historic & iconic Cape Wine Farms. Perfect for families, with all the comforts of home, while immersing in the rich culture of the area. Parents can relax and indulge in a glass of local wine on one of the many balconies, while their kids explore the grounds, splash in the pool and play in the fresh air.
With endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation on your doorstep, including the bordering Paradyskloof Nature Area & local vineyards, you’re sure to create unforgettable memories on your getaway. As our WineTots special guests, we will create the perfect personalised tour for you and your Tots!
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Brenaissance: https://www.brenaissance.co.za/ ; email@example.com ; 083 474 0853
Marianne: http://www.mariannewines.com/ ; 021 875 5040
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