5 Budget friendly ways to experience the wine route

Apart from the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town has become synonymous with their lush and historical winelands. Trailing through the quaint town of Stellenbosch, with over 300 wine farms, visitors are guaranteed a rich food and wine filled experience. While touring this territory may seem an expensive outing, Moneybags writer Danielle Van Wyk, finds five unique budget friendly stop offs for you.

Warwick Estate:  This child friendly estate, boasts acres of lush greenery for you to enjoy while sipping on some of their flagship wines. R50 buys you a tasting of four of their finest wines. The estate also has a wine safari tour that guests can indulge in, which is both educational and enjoyable. If you are still not convinced, in addition to wine, Warwick boasts gourmet ice suckers and often gives them away to guests, free of charge.

Spier: A one stop shop for everything from gourmet cuisine to wellness spa facilities and guest housing, Spier has become one of the winelands’ gems. But for those of you still wanting the experience this estate, without spending an arm and a leg, the picnic option may entice you. Receive a basket of gourmet goodies and drinks, amongst them the famous Spier brand wine, for a reasonable R150 per person. This can be enjoyed on their grounds that offer an authentic winelands feel. The estate also offers a Segway experience.

Meerendal:  Known for not only their wine but their general promotion of a healthy lifestyle, through park runs and cycle challenges, the estate caters to every taste. Pack in your bicycles and enjoy their back trails, preferably before indulging in a glass or two of wine. Tastings are available from Monday to Saturday at R60 per person.

Spice route: Enjoy chocolate and confectionary tasting at R25 per person, before or after doing a standard craft beer tasting for R30 per person. The tastings not only allow you to sample but also offer rich history into the art of beer and chocolate making. Tucked away in the country side town of Paarl, the Spice Route has become a popular spot for beer and food lovers. With ample open space, it is also a child friendly option.

Route 44:  Come and enjoy everything from good budget friendly street food and delicious cocktails to market goods and live music. This market is the perfect weekend stop off, to just kick off your shoes and indulge. Food will set you off anywhere between R60 to R120. Situated opposite the strawberry farm, there are also a multitude of activities for you and the family to do.

The wine route comes with its own charm and rich experiences, one of them being their unique wine pairing offerings. For a list of some of the weird and wonderful pairing experiences on offer, click here.

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