Simon Vine Hopper Southern Route
You will also experience something different on this route visiting the Van Ryn Brandy Cellar and the Cape Raptor world at Spier. We visit 6 farms on the Southern Route. Remember, you can decide if you want to go to all 6 estates or just visit a few and stay longer at certain farms.
Choose a date:
The Southern Route highlights the differences in the types of farms in the Stellenbosch Region. You can decide if you would like to go to all 6 estates or spend more time at a few of your favourites:
Neethlingshof -### Along with the awe-inspiring manor house, Neethlingshof is steeped in history which dates back to 1705 and distinguished by the beautiful avenue of stone pines.
Itâ??s a place where soil, climate and vines co-exist in perfect harmony. Weâ??re blessed with 13 distinguishable terroirs and by choosing the correct site; weâ??ve been able to enhance the natural flavour and aroma of our range of wines. Our estates also a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), highlighting our commitment to eco-sustainability. 28 ha of the 110 ha wine farm (under vine) is set aside for conservation and the replanting of the indigenous Renosterveld species with the aim of restoring the natural balance and encouraging wildlife, big and small, in this area.
Van Ryn Brandy Cellar -### The Van Rynâ??s Distillery is housed in a beautiful building and here a daily cellar tour and show of the Cooper practicing his ancient art of Barrel making can be seen, paired with different options of brandy tastings.
Spier -### Spier, in the heart the famous Cape winelands, is more than a Wine Estate. It is a destination in itself. Experience restaurants, a deli, wine and The Cape Raptor Centre with its daily flying shows of birds of prey.
Alto -### Alto: â??Great things happen when men and mountains meetâ?? William Blake. Situated high on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, the history of Alto Estate dates back to 1693. Fantastic red wines can be tasted here.
Bilton -### Tucked away in the foothills of the Helderberg, this boutique winery is a specialist producer of rare wines of distinctive character. Chocolate and wine pairing at this estate is a favorite.
Kleine Zalze -### Wine has been made at Kleine Zalze since 1695. The family-owned winery continues the tradition of producing wines of outstanding quality, receiving numerous awards, both locally and abroad.
Hop on Hop off transport along the route for the day.
Wine tasting fees are not included in the Vine Hopper ticket price and differ from farm to farm. (Normal tastings range from R15-R35 per farm and normally include tasting of 6 wines per farm.)
What should I bring?
- Money for tastings
- Comfortable clothes and shoes.
- An inquisitive mind, healthy appetite and a sense of humor.
Duration: Full Day
Price: R780 per person
Duration: ±3 hours
Price: ZAR 360.00
Duration: 2 Day Pass
Duration: approx 7.5 hours