Blue Monkey Tours Review – Stellenbosch Wine Region

After my crazy 15-day G Adventures camping experience through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, I set aside a short two days to explore Cape Town. I’d heard nothing but amazing stories from friends that had lived and visit the bustling city, so I was super excited.

There was so much ground I wanted to cover within my two days that I decided to get myself a private tour guide to take me around. After what seemed like weeks reading through TripAdvisor reviews, I came across Allan Korsman of Blue Monkey Tours. He offered competitively priced private half-day and full-day tours of both regions I wanted to explore: the Stellenbosch wine region and the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and the Peninsula. He also allowed customization of any of his tour offerings which was an added bonus!

BLUE MONKEY TOURS REVIEW – DAY 1

The Blue Monkey Tours review I left over on TripAdvisor really says it all so I’ll share that with you rather than regurgitating it word-for-word…

 Blue Monkey Tours Review

STELLENBOSCH WINE REGION

Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50km (31 miles) east of Cape Town. Generally accepted as South Africa’s greatest wine district, it is the second oldest European settlement in the province (after Cape Town) having a large number of Dutch settle in the region back as early as 1688.

Since then, Stellenbosch has become world famous for its high quality estates. Wineries have been in operation here since the early seventeenth century with the South African wine industry producing about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually! Most of South Africa’s leading vineyards can be found in Stellenbosch: Mulderbosch, Rustenberg, De Toren, and Thelema to name a few.

After telling Allan I was after a little bit of old and a little bit of new, he took me to three beautiful wineries on my half-day Stellenbosch tour.

MURATIE WINE ESTATE

Steeped in early Cape history, Muratie is one of the most authentic treasures of the Cape Winelands and is as old as history itself. This working wine farm offers an experience of farm life against a backdrop of grandiose views of Simonsberg and Table Mountain.

Enormous shady oak trees line the grounds and set the stage for what lies inside the historic buildings. The old fermentation tanks in the cellar are characterised by tartaric encrusted walls, wooden furniture, old carpets and original works of art that line the tasting room walls. It is here where you are in for quite the treat; honest, fresh farm food, great wine and a beautiful outdoor setting and backdrop to enjoy them with.

I sat with Allan amidst the afternoon sunshine and enjoyed a sampling of five wines along with a tantalizingly delicious meat and cheese platter. The wine sampling was included in the tour price, however the meat and cheese platter was at an additional cost, from memory it was surprisingly cheap too (<$20 USD)!

Muratie Winery Stellenbosch

 Muratie Winery Stellenbosch

LA MOTTE WINE ESTATE

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines, recognized internationally for their exceptional quality. With its swanky redesigned and refurbished tasting facility, La Motte has a more uppity feel to it and seemed more a place to visit to depict ones stature and to simply be seen. The tasting facility features many of La Motte’s award-winning wines for sampling and purchase.

Upon entry, you are seated at hand-made tasting tables, a tasting counter or on comfortable sofas by the fire place. All seating provides unimpeded views of the working and maturation cellars through large, glass panels. Promptly after being seated at a couch, our wine server greeted us. He was extremely polite and knowledgeable and helped me decide which two wines to sample. Here I went with a 2013 La Motte Sauvignon Blank and the 2013 La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blank Organically Grown. After enjoying my two wines over some great conversation with Allan, we headed into the wine cellar to take a look around.

Perhaps even more beautiful than La Motte’s wines is the scenery that surrounds this estate. The colorful flower beds set against the crisp, blue sky perfectly encapsulate the mountains that surround the grounds and make for the most perfect photo opps!

La Motte Wine Estate

BEAUTIFUL STELLENBOSCH

We visit a third and final winery, however the name of it escapes me. Again, this one was more modern but had an extremely laid back feeling to it. Another two wines were sampled here before I retired my palate for the day.

Allan was quick to pick up on my love of photography so in between our three winery stops, he’d go out of his way to take me to particular vantage points that allowed for me to snap some breathtaking views overlooking Stellenbosch. Here’s a handful of photos I was able to capture to showcase Stellenbosch’s sheer beauty.

Stellenbosch

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View over Stellenbosch

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