The best places for chocoholics to visit in Stellenbosch
Richly dark, plain and smooth, studded with nuts, oozing from a fondant, steaming from a mug or poured over delicious, creamy gelato and in Stellenbosch, paired with wine. We adore chocolate in all its forms, and we completely get why the Aztecs, who were the first to discover it, believed it was a delicacy reserved for the gods. Fortunately, we mere mortals can now partake in the delectable taste sensation. But where can you go to experience the "Charlie in the Chocolate Factory" feeling? We are chock and block full of ideas.
What better treat is there than chocolate? Writer, Dave Barry, spoke for us all when he stated: “Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.”
Here are our Top 5 chocolate and wine pairings in Stellenbosch:
The wine and chocolate tasting at Waterford is a unique flavour experience. Kevin Arnold together with, Chocolatier Richard von Geusau have created a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with their Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and natural sweet wine results in a flavour sensation, unlike any other.
Wine & Chocolate Experience – R110 per person
Lourensford Wine Estate has designed a unique chocolate and wine pairing which consists of one white wine and 2 red wines, each with its own personality and a very decadent non-vintage Honey Liqueur. The chocolates were specifically designed to enhance the flavours in the wine. The process to obtain the perfect balance to compliment the wines took three months. You should compare the smell/nose of each wine with the paired chocolate before sipping the wine and letting the chocolate melt on your tongue to allow this very special sensation to tease and tantalise the taste senses.
- The Dome Chardonnay with Orange Dark Chocolate
- Lourensford Estate Merlot with Dark Cherry Chocolate
- Lourensford Estate Shiraz with Dark Chili Chocolate
- Unique Honey Liqueur with Dark Mint Chocolate.
Belgian chocolate and Wine Pairing – R130 per person
Spier Wine Farm who was voted one of the 100 World’s Best Vineyards in 2021 is not only one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, but also offers a range of activities which can be enjoyed on the Estate.
Situated in the outskirts of Stellenbosch, visitors can look forward to history, award winning wines, art, and astounding food followed by incredible Stellenbosch views.
The Chocolate and Wine pairing is one of many tasting experiences which the Estate has on offer. Inspired by the Spier Cap Classique and Spier Creative Block blends, the Chocolate and Wine pairing features three mouth-watering chocolates which was carefully crafted by a chocolatier. These three chocolates are then paired with the Spier Creative Block blends while the Spier Cap Classique serves as a palate cleanser.
The purpose of the Chocolate and Wine pairing is for guests to “unlock nuanced flavours in both the chocolate and wine” which in return offers a superb palate experience where a range of delicious flavours meets.
- Spier Creative Block 2 2021 paired with a Cape Floral White Chocolate
- Spier Creative Block 3 2018 paired with a Coastal Spice Milk Chocolate
- Spier Creative Block 5 2018 paired with an Orchard Berry Dark Chocolate
- Spier Cap Classique Brut 2018 which is enjoyed as a palate cleanser
Chocolate and Wine Tasting – R80 per person
A unique tasting of 5 Premium wines paired perfectly with a selection of artisanal chocolates.
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Taste 5 Wines for R150 per person. Enjoy a range of artisanal chocolates paired with our wines and specialities.
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Can you imagine a better way to treat your travel partners than an alcohol infused chocolate truffle workshop. Add your favourite alcoholic beverage to a chocolate truffle (sometimes). Give them a call to discuss which one of their wonderful Western Cape bounty you would like to include in your chocolate Truffle workshop - red wine, brandy, botanical gin or craft beer. +27 (0)82 871 0179
Sessions lasts approximately 2 hours.
Must be older than 18 years old. Booking Essential!
From R210 per person.