Springtime in Stellenbosch with Wine and Chocolate!


It’s been MONTHS since we’ve taken time to actually get out of the house and explore this gorgeous and incredible place we call “home”. Well, actually I’m going to blame it on the rainy weather…but now that it’s springtime, there are no excuses!

Somerset West has got to be one of the most stunning places on earth. Honestly. We’re surrounded by beaches, mountains and plenty of wine farms. Last Sunday we took advantage of the amazing weather and went wine tasting with some friends.

Not just wine tasting… wine AND chocolate tasting!

Our first stop was Bilton Wines – halfway between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Granted it was still a little chilly, so they had a roaring fire going inside… what a treat!

bilton wine estate

As we got comfortable on the enormous couches and warmed ourselves next to the fire, our wine connoisseur gave us an incredible background and info on each of the four wines we tasted, and the chocolates that went along with them for the pairing.

wine and chocolate

We were spoiled… one wine glass for each wine. This is what the chocolate was served to us on...how cool is that?! I even asked them for a printout so I that could take it home with me because the wine and chocolates were simply out of this world!

The pairings were:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 with Dark Espresso Chocolate (coffee beans and a slight tobacco aroma).
  • Shiraz 2007 with Milk Cape Malay Chocolate (my favourite – full of delicious spices!)
  • Merlot 2007 with Dark Cherry and Malt Chocolate (velvety lavender and cherry goodness…)
  • Bonnie Anne 2012 with White Lime and Crispy Apple Chocolate (very interesting!)

We could have parked off there for hours…in front of that fireplace….

wine tasting at bilton

Our next stop was Hidden Valley Wines just a little further up the road. My goodness, the views there are absolutely breathtaking. In summertime it’s packed outside on the veranda. We had to wait a few minutes for a spot at the table inside and in between wine tastings because it was quite busy.

Then again, isn’t that what a lazy Sunday is all about?

We tried five wines and I have to say, though they weren’t my favourite – it was still very chilled and relaxing sitting there and having someone pour your wine for you!

I’d go there again just for the views...take a look!

hidden valley wine estate view 2 hidden valley wine estate view sunday wine tasting fun

We started the day with a homemade brunch of Eggs Benedict, but by the time we finished at the second wine farm, after all that wine, and the wine AND chocolate tastings…we were famished!

We made our way to Buena Vista where we ended the day with chilli poppers, cocktails and chocolate milkshakes. Not exactly what one would call “healthy”, but then again…you only live once, right? Got to balance it out every now and then!

How cool is this wall? I love that place… so eclectic and just a fun place to go. Best chilli poppers in Stellenbosch / Somerset West area by far!

buena vista stellenbosch

Have you ever tried wine and chocolate pairing?


8 Replies to “Springtime in Stellenbosch with Wine and Chocolate!”

  1. Beautiful photos! It really doesn’t get any better than wine and chocolate on a lovely spring day….hmm, I wonder if any wineries on my side of the world offer that. I’ll have to go look. 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Amy, I hope you do have wine farms like this in your area… you must have! Then again, I think that part where you live is just BEAUTIFUL in winter with all the snow! I envy you 😉

  2. Gorgeous! And the photos are so excellent Melanie! Looks like a fun time…really beautiful place.

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Kelly! It truly is heaven on earth this part of the world, which is why we’re kind of set on not moving from here. We’d be silly to!

  3. Lazy sunday indeed!
    I am sure you are back with a bang, Mel.
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Yip, had to be… had no choice, lol! But it was all good. Sometimes, Sundays are the best days for lazing with a glass of wine or two 😉

  4. What a delicious day!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Susan, it was awesome. I love going wine tasting in winter/autumn because then they have the fireplaces going 🙂 Sunshine is a deal sealer!

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