Helderberg Route

The Helderberg Route is home to some of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. This area stretches from Somerset West to the edge of Stellenbosch and in this area lies the Golden Triangle, a top wine growing area. The cooling effect of the moisture laden sea breezes from nearby False Bay, combined with the excellent soil structures, form ideal for growing noble varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. The moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean results in cool afternoons and evenings that are ideal for growing quality grapes. This area is home to top quality wineries like Rust & Vrede and Ernie Els wines to name a few.

Our customers agree that trail hopping is the best way to tour your way – be sure to download our handy Info Pack containing everything you need to plan your day, including a description of each venue you can visit, our tips for planning ahead, and of course the coveted timetable!

Pricing

The Greater Simonsberg Route tickets are just R290 ($21USD)per person. With prices like these, Stellenbosch Wine Bus is easily the most affordable option for touring your way. Please know an increasing number of wineries are charging for tasting, please inquire with each winery directly for their latest tasting fees. Also, lunch is not included in the ticket price.

Large Groups (15+)

For all large groups of 15+ guests, before you book please ensure you have read our Group Experience page so you understand how it works on Stellenbosch Wine Bus, and then please email us on info@stellenboschwinebus.co.za so we can discuss your requirements and help you plan your day. As there is a bit more planning involved with large groups, we know you’ll appreciate the help our friendly staff provide.

Golden Rules

Please see our Golden Rules for helping you to get the most out of your day.

Scenery

Set along beautiful mountain ranges, Stellenbosch offers lush rolling vines and hilltop views over the valley. Many wineries are optimally sited to offer spectacular vistas, with picnic areas and benches for all to enjoy.

Wine

The moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean results in cool afternoons and evenings that are ideal for growing quality grapes. This area is home to top quality wineries like Rust & Vrede and Ernie Els wines, to name a few.

Food

Our route makes the most of Stellenbosch’s rich and varied food offerings, and there are options to suit every taste and budget. Whether it’s a grazing platter of local produce or one of the numerous restaurants or delis’, we’ve got you covered.

Freedom

We are proud to give you the Helderberg Route as though you were driving yourself. Join us in the city or within the region and hop on or off along our route as you please. Having too good a time at a cellar door, or enjoying lunch a little too much? Stay on and catch a later bus! With a bit of planning, you truly can Tour Your Way.

Touring Your Way, In a Nutshell…

  • Collection and return from Stellenbosch Information Centre or from Cape Town (this has an additional charge)
  • Regular timetable you can rely on
  • Hop on or off at any stop along the way
  • Stay as long you like at any stop
  • Maximise your wine budget
  • No need for drink driving or designated drivers
  • Amazing food options to suit all tastes and budgets
  • World class wines
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Unforgettable cellar door experiences

 

Time Table

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun (May – Aug) & Mon – Sun (Sept – April)

 STELLENBOSCH INFO CENTREBLAAUWKLIPPENUVA MIRAHIDDEN VALLEYERNIE ELSRUST EN VREDEPETER FALKE
STOPS:59:459:5810:1710:2510:33—–—–
STOPS:411:0011:1311:3211:4011:48—–—–
STOPS:312:1512:2812:4712:5513:0313:1813:26
 —–13:5014:1914:2714:3514:5014:58
 Last Drop-off—–15:1715:2515:3315:4815:56
 Collect Only—–—–16:1016:1816:3316:41
BACK @ INFO17:00      

TRANSFERS FROM CAPE TOWN

Stellenbosch Wine Bus offers an exclusive and direct door-to-door transfer service from Cape Town and surrounds (including the airport) out to Stellenbosch. A return transfer and can be arranged to accommodate an extended stay over in Franschhoek at no additional cost. Transfers start at R600 per person which includes return transfer (based on two people booking) and can be added during the booking process to any of our experiences.

Single person transfer = R300 return