silence of the sentinels

When it’s time to relax, the Winelands region offers a lifetime’s worth of historic wineries, gourmet restaurants and outdoor activities between its vineyard-clad mountains. Driving north from Stadsig, you cross the nearby Bainskloof Pass to mountain-ringed Tulbagh or head straight up Route 44 to Riebeek-Kasteel and the open skies of the Swartland. Wellington also offers numerous activities in the immediate surroundings, including hiking and mountain biking trails, horse riding, and even game drives at Bontebok Ridge Reserve. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike the kloofs of rugged Limietberg Nature Reserve to swim in rock pools and discover Khoisan cave paintings. Then again, Stadsig’s scenic location at the foot of Groenberg mountain makes sitting on the stoep a tempting option, perhaps sipping a wine from the picturesque Bovlei Valley on the estate’s doorstep.