Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017

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Three days of excellent wine, gourmet grub and performances by talented musicians.

We never need an excuse to head to Stellenbosch, and with the oldest wine festival in the country happening from 24 to 26 February, that’s where we’ll be. This year the event is taking place at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, a natural amphitheatre surrounded by mountains, a river and oak-lined pathways, making it the perfect venue for this world-class festival.

Over 75 wine farms are showcasing their wares this year, and visitors will have an opportunity to taste as many as they desire (there are over 400 to taste!). In addition to the Gourmet Lane, featuring food from local eateries and food trucks, there’s a Tasting Room where visitors can enjoy canapé-and-wine pairings. This year the festival has a Wine Library where wine connoisseurs can taste and experience various Wines of Origin. Younger members of the family will be kept entertained in the Kiddies Area while being watched over by qualified child minders.

The Grape Stomping Ground is always a barrel of laughs: participate in some stomping and maybe get in on some barrel-rolling, too. Live entertainment throughout the day comes courtesy of Newton & Co, Hugo Brand, Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions, and more.

The Pick n Pay Women’s Walk is another highlight, taking place on 25 February from 7am to 10.30am. It’s a 5km fun event, aimed at raising funds and awareness for breast cancer, and everyone is welcome to walk, including men and children. There’s also a prize for best dressed walker, so wear something pink.


Stellenbosch is always a hive of activity at this time of year, so arrive in the city of oaks a day or so earlier and partake in the following pre-festival events:
• Street Soirées A monthly summer event in the streets of Stellies, where you can sample various wines from local estates.
When: 22 February, 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: R70

• Longridge Langtafel A five-course meal for 200 diners at Longridge Wine Estate & Restaurant.
When: 22 February, 6pm – 11.30pm
Tickets: R800; contact 021 855 4082 or to book a place


Until 26 February 2017


Friday, 2pm – 9pm
Saturday, 12am – 8pm
Sunday, 12am – 6pm


021 886 4330


R450 (adults weekend pass, includes a tasting glass and a cashless card)

R190 (adults, includes a tasting glass and a cashless card)

R60 (children 17 – 12 years)

Free (children under 12)

R150 (Wine Library)

R75 (Tasting Room)

Tickets available from Webtickets and at the venue.


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 13 February 2017

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