fleur_du_cap_bergkelder_imageIt’s holiday time and if you are in the Western Cape, your vacation checklist should certainly have wine tasting near the top.

The Stellenbosch Wine Route ranks as one of the best in the world. This historic town has everything, from a vibrant student life due to the university, to scenic beauty and of course renowned wine estates.

Due to the size of the wine route, the area is divided into five sub-routes, namely Bottelary Hills, Greater Simonsberg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Valley and Stellenbosch Berg.

Today we take a closer look at one of the most popular estates in the area: Die Bergkelder.

The home of the award-winning Fleur Du Cap wines, this magnificent Wine Centre offers wine tasting in their “Cellar in the Mountain”, which is a truly unique experience in the area.
Die Bergkelder is situated on the slopes of Papegaaiberg, in the Stellenbosch Valley sub-route.

What makes this estate stand out is the fact that there are a number of other activities to enjoy along with the tasting and purchasing of world-class wines.

Take a stroll along the banks of the Plankenburg River – if you are in the area during harvesting season, this will give you the chance to see the tipping of red wine grapes.
The interesting Wine Museum allows you to take in a bit of history and see some of the equipment used to bottle the good stuff back in the day.

Die Bergkelder is also home to an underground bottle-maturation cellar, a first in the Southern Hemisphere.
Enjoy a professional tour, which is limited to 25 people at most, at just R40 per person – though this price could change slightly at any time, at the estate’s discretion.

Should you require any other information or have any questions regarding the estate before you visit, contact them directly on (021) 809 8025.

A key factor to remember is that you will need at least one whole day to get the chance to visit a few of the wine farms, so get up early and make sure you are on your chosen wine route by 09:00. Secondly, nominate a designated driver or make use of relevant services to ensure that the person behind the wheel has not been sampling.

Otherwise, top up those wine glasses and get to know Stellenbosch a little better!