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7 Whiskey Tastings in Stellenbosch to Try in 2024

Stellenbosch

2024-04-01

Stellenbosch is home to a selection of venues offering whiskey tastings that are worth trying.

While there aren’t any whiskey distilleries in the heart of Stellenbosch, we were able to find a collection of whisky tastings available at wine estates, bars and hotels to try.

And if you are willing to travel within 30 minutes of Stellenbosch, we’ve also provided a few extra whiskey-tasting options to enjoy.

Read on to explore our picks for whiskey tastings in Stellenbosch. Or check out our recent post if you’re looking for whisky tastings in Cape Town or around the Western Cape.

Join our community of whiskey enthusiasts! Receive our newsletter to keep an eye on the latest whiskey experiences and events near you, and unlock other exciting whisky content.

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7 Whiskey Tastings in Stellenbosch to Try in 2024

Stellenbosch

2024-04-01

Stuart Marsden - Co-founder of Craft Cask

Stellenbosch is home to a selection of venues offering whiskey tastings that are worth trying.

While there aren’t any whiskey distilleries in the heart of Stellenbosch, we were able to find a collection of whisky tastings available at wine estates, bars and hotels to try.

And if you are willing to travel within 30 minutes of Stellenbosch, we’ve also provided a few extra whiskey-tasting options to enjoy.

Read on to explore our picks for whiskey tastings in Stellenbosch. Or check out our recent post if you’re looking for whisky tastings in Cape Town or around the Western Cape.

Join our community of whiskey enthusiasts! Receive our newsletter to keep an eye on the latest whiskey experiences and events near you, and unlock other exciting whisky content.

landscape photo of stellenbosch with whisky tasting in the foreground

7 Whiskey Tastings in Stellenbosch to Try in 2024

Stellenbosch

2024-04-01

Stellenbosch is home to a selection of venues offering whiskey tastings that are worth trying.

While there aren’t any whiskey distilleries in the heart of Stellenbosch, we were able to find a collection of whisky tastings available at wine estates, bars and hotels to try.

And if you are willing to travel within 30 minutes of Stellenbosch, we’ve also provided a few extra whiskey-tasting options to enjoy.

Read on to explore our picks for whiskey tastings in Stellenbosch. Or check out our recent post if you’re looking for whisky tastings in Cape Town or around the Western Cape.

Join our community of whiskey enthusiasts! Receive our newsletter to keep an eye on the latest whiskey experiences and events near you, and unlock other exciting whisky content.

Key Takeaways

  • While there are no whiskey distilleries in Stellenbosch to visit, there are wine estates, hotels and popular bars that offer whiskey tastings. 

  • Within Stellenbosch, we’d recommend visiting The Devon Valley Hotel, Asara Wine Estate, Lanzerac Wine Estate, and others on our list. 

  • Within 30 minutes of Stellenbosch, you can also find South Africa’s only commercial whiskey distillery, James Sedgwick Distillery.

Whiskey tasting in the heart of Stellenbosch

In this section, we feature a selection of venues for whisky tasting in Stellenbosch, including hotels, wineries, restaurants and bars. 

We’ve provided you with as much detail as we could find regarding the experience and any added perks related to each venue, whether it’s the scenery, food, or live entertainment. Find out more below.

Whiskey tasting in the heart of Stellenbosch

In this section, we feature a selection of venues for whisky tasting in Stellenbosch, including hotels, wineries, restaurants and bars. 

We’ve provided you with as much detail as we could find regarding the experience and any added perks related to each venue, whether it’s the scenery, food, or live entertainment. Find out more below.

Whiskey tasting in the heart of Stellenbosch

In this section, we feature a selection of venues for whisky tasting in Stellenbosch, including hotels, wineries, restaurants and bars. 

We’ve provided you with as much detail as we could find regarding the experience and any added perks related to each venue, whether it’s the scenery, food, or live entertainment. Find out more below.

1. The Devon Valley Hotel

Location: Devonvallei, Stellenbosch.

The Devon Valley Hotel in Stellenbosch is a prime spot for whisky enthusiasts.

Offering tastings from a broad Single Malt Scotch Whisky collection, this experience is a treat at about R250 per person. They also host a unique 4-course pairing dinner for R895, combining whiskies with gourmet dishes for a memorable culinary journey.

Visit the whiskey tasting page on their website to learn more, and you can book via WhatsApp, email or phone.

  • devon valley venue outside
  • devon valley hotel

1. The Devon Valley Hotel

Location: Devonvallei, Stellenbosch.

The Devon Valley Hotel in Stellenbosch is a prime spot for whisky enthusiasts.

Offering tastings from a broad Single Malt Scotch Whisky collection, this experience is a treat at about R250 per person. They also host a unique 4-course pairing dinner for R895, combining whiskies with gourmet dishes for a memorable culinary journey.

Visit the whiskey tasting page on their website to learn more, and you can book via WhatsApp, email or phone.

  • devon valley venue outside
  • devon valley hotel

1. The Devon Valley Hotel

Location: Devonvallei, Stellenbosch.

The Devon Valley Hotel in Stellenbosch is a prime spot for whisky enthusiasts.

Offering tastings from a broad Single Malt Scotch Whisky collection, this experience is a treat at about R250 per person. They also host a unique 4-course pairing dinner for R895, combining whiskies with gourmet dishes for a memorable culinary journey.

Visit the whiskey tasting page on their website to learn more, and you can book via WhatsApp, email or phone.

  • devon valley venue outside
  • devon valley hotel
  • asara wine estate scenic photo of grounds at the wine estate
  • asara wine estate and hotel logo

2. Asara Wine Estate

Location: Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch.

Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch combines award-winning wines with luxury lodging.

Asara delights guests with a fine whiskey range alongside their renowned wines. Visitors can savour these with a vast food selection, from wood-fired pizzas to tapas and salads, across various estate venues (a few are closed at the moment but the Bistro ). Experience wine tastings or unwind in the cigar lounge adorned with art and plush armchairs.

Book your stay or plan a visit, view their website and dining options or get in touch using their contact details.

  • asara wine estate scenic photo of grounds at the wine estate
  • asara wine estate and hotel logo

2. Asara Wine Estate

Location: Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch.

Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch combines award-winning wines with luxury lodging.

Asara delights guests with a fine whiskey range alongside their renowned wines. Visitors can savour these with a vast food selection, from wood-fired pizzas to tapas and salads, across various estate venues (a few are closed at the moment but the Bistro ). Experience wine tastings or unwind in the cigar lounge adorned with art and plush armchairs.

Book your stay or plan a visit, view their website and dining options or get in touch using their contact details.

  • asara wine estate scenic photo of grounds at the wine estate
  • asara wine estate and hotel logo

2. Asara Wine Estate

Location: Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch.

Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch combines award-winning wines with luxury lodging.

Asara delights guests with a fine whiskey range alongside their renowned wines. Visitors can savour these with a vast food selection, from wood-fired pizzas to tapas and salads, across various estate venues (a few are closed at the moment but the Bistro ). Experience wine tastings or unwind in the cigar lounge adorned with art and plush armchairs.

Book your stay or plan a visit, view their website and dining options or get in touch using their contact details.

3. Lanzerac Wine Estate

Location: Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch.

Lanzerac in Stellenbosch is a great spot to enjoy a whisky tasting with its refined bar, restaurant, and lounge.

Lanzerac's Gentleman’s Tea in the Craven Lounge is a must-try, featuring an array of gourmet treats like beef sliders and lamb bobotie pies paired with whisky tasting, available every Saturday for R490 per person. For whisky enthusiasts, the classic Whisky Tasting Experience at R170 per person offers tastings from three Scotch whiskies, while the Whisky & Culinary Tasting Experience at R390 per person pairs each Scotch with fine local charcuterie.

Discover more about these exquisite experiences and book online at Lanzerac's dining page and view their contact details. Pre-bookings are essential, especially for the whisky tasting experiences, which require at least a 24-hour notice.



  • lanzerac scenic photo of the wine estat
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3. Lanzerac Wine Estate

Location: Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch.

Lanzerac in Stellenbosch is a great spot to enjoy a whisky tasting with its refined bar, restaurant, and lounge.

Lanzerac's Gentleman’s Tea in the Craven Lounge is a must-try, featuring an array of gourmet treats like beef sliders and lamb bobotie pies paired with whisky tasting, available every Saturday for R490 per person. For whisky enthusiasts, the classic Whisky Tasting Experience at R170 per person offers tastings from three Scotch whiskies, while the Whisky & Culinary Tasting Experience at R390 per person pairs each Scotch with fine local charcuterie.

Discover more about these exquisite experiences and book online at Lanzerac's dining page and view their contact details. Pre-bookings are essential, especially for the whisky tasting experiences, which require at least a 24-hour notice.



  • lanzerac scenic photo of the wine estat
  • lanzerac logo transparent background

3. Lanzerac Wine Estate

Location: Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch.

Lanzerac in Stellenbosch is a great spot to enjoy a whisky tasting with its refined bar, restaurant, and lounge.

Lanzerac's Gentleman’s Tea in the Craven Lounge is a must-try, featuring an array of gourmet treats like beef sliders and lamb bobotie pies paired with whisky tasting, available every Saturday for R490 per person. For whisky enthusiasts, the classic Whisky Tasting Experience at R170 per person offers tastings from three Scotch whiskies, while the Whisky & Culinary Tasting Experience at R390 per person pairs each Scotch with fine local charcuterie.

Discover more about these exquisite experiences and book online at Lanzerac's dining page and view their contact details. Pre-bookings are essential, especially for the whisky tasting experiences, which require at least a 24-hour notice.



  • lanzerac scenic photo of the wine estat
  • lanzerac logo transparent background
  • photo of the outside of blix tavern in stellenbosch
  • blix tavern stellenbosch logo

4. Blix Tavern

Location: Dorpstraat, Stellenbosch.

Blix Tavern, Stellenbosch's smallest bar at 14 square metres, offers a unique blend of cosiness and character.

Despite its compact size, Blix Tavern stands out with its in-house brews from Rustenberg Wine Farm's microbrewery. Their offerings range from crisp Grenache Blanc to bold Bordeaux blends, complemented by a curated selection of cigars, which may appeal to some. The tavern also features an impressive selection of whiskey, wine, and brandy, ensuring a memorable tasting experience.

For more information or to book your visit, check out the contact section on their website



  • photo of the outside of blix tavern in stellenbosch
  • blix tavern stellenbosch logo

4. Blix Tavern

Location: Dorpstraat, Stellenbosch.

Blix Tavern, Stellenbosch's smallest bar at 14 square metres, offers a unique blend of cosiness and character.

Despite its compact size, Blix Tavern stands out with its in-house brews from Rustenberg Wine Farm's microbrewery. Their offerings range from crisp Grenache Blanc to bold Bordeaux blends, complemented by a curated selection of cigars, which may appeal to some. The tavern also features an impressive selection of whiskey, wine, and brandy, ensuring a memorable tasting experience.

For more information or to book your visit, check out the contact section on their website



  • photo of the outside of blix tavern in stellenbosch
  • blix tavern stellenbosch logo

4. Blix Tavern

Location: Dorpstraat, Stellenbosch.

Blix Tavern, Stellenbosch's smallest bar at 14 square metres, offers a unique blend of cosiness and character.

Despite its compact size, Blix Tavern stands out with its in-house brews from Rustenberg Wine Farm's microbrewery. Their offerings range from crisp Grenache Blanc to bold Bordeaux blends, complemented by a curated selection of cigars, which may appeal to some. The tavern also features an impressive selection of whiskey, wine, and brandy, ensuring a memorable tasting experience.

For more information or to book your visit, check out the contact section on their website



5. Thirsty Scarecrow

Location: Mooiberge Farm, Annadale Road, Stellenbosch.

The Thirsty Scarecrow offers a unique bar and restaurant experience on Mooiberge Farm, Stellenbosch, famous for its strawberry production and picking, plus bright colourful scarecrows. 

Beyond strawberry picking (and scarecrow-viewing) this venue offers wine tastings, craft beers, and cocktails. There is also plenty of farm fresh produce in the menu, and for purchase on site at the Mooiberge Farmstall. 

Thirsty Scarecrow appears to have a more limited range of popular whiskies to enjoy while dining or enjoying live entertainment. However, if you are visiting the area and taking in this local attraction, enjoying some strawberry picking and scenic views, you may enjoy some whiskies on their menu. 

They don’t have a website, but all of their information is listed on their Facebook page, including their contact details if you’d like to phone and make a booking.



  • whiskey tasting at thirsty scarecrow
  • thirsty scarecrow logo

5. Thirsty Scarecrow

Location: Mooiberge Farm, Annadale Road, Stellenbosch.

The Thirsty Scarecrow offers a unique bar and restaurant experience on Mooiberge Farm, Stellenbosch, famous for its strawberry production and picking, plus bright colourful scarecrows. 

Beyond strawberry picking (and scarecrow-viewing) this venue offers wine tastings, craft beers, and cocktails. There is also plenty of farm fresh produce in the menu, and for purchase on site at the Mooiberge Farmstall. 

Thirsty Scarecrow appears to have a more limited range of popular whiskies to enjoy while dining or enjoying live entertainment. However, if you are visiting the area and taking in this local attraction, enjoying some strawberry picking and scenic views, you may enjoy some whiskies on their menu. 

They don’t have a website, but all of their information is listed on their Facebook page, including their contact details if you’d like to phone and make a booking.



  • whiskey tasting at thirsty scarecrow
  • thirsty scarecrow logo

5. Thirsty Scarecrow

Location: Mooiberge Farm, Annadale Road, Stellenbosch.

The Thirsty Scarecrow offers a unique bar and restaurant experience on Mooiberge Farm, Stellenbosch, famous for its strawberry production and picking, plus bright colourful scarecrows. 

Beyond strawberry picking (and scarecrow-viewing) this venue offers wine tastings, craft beers, and cocktails. There is also plenty of farm fresh produce in the menu, and for purchase on site at the Mooiberge Farmstall. 

Thirsty Scarecrow appears to have a more limited range of popular whiskies to enjoy while dining or enjoying live entertainment. However, if you are visiting the area and taking in this local attraction, enjoying some strawberry picking and scenic views, you may enjoy some whiskies on their menu. 

They don’t have a website, but all of their information is listed on their Facebook page, including their contact details if you’d like to phone and make a booking.



  • whiskey tasting at thirsty scarecrow
  • thirsty scarecrow logo

Whiskey tastings within 30 minutes from Stellenbosch

As Stellenbosch is home to only a few whiskey tastings, we’ve also provided a few options just 30 minutes away from Stellenbosch, including a renowned tasting at SA’s only commercial whiskey distillery.

If you’re looking for even more options, closer to Cape Town or up the Garden Route, our related post featuring whiskey tastings in the Western Cape features additional incredible tastings to try.

Whiskey tastings within 30 minutes from Stellenbosch

As Stellenbosch is home to only a few whiskey tastings, we’ve also provided a few options just 30 minutes away from Stellenbosch, including a renowned tasting at SA’s only commercial whiskey distillery.

If you’re looking for even more options, closer to Cape Town or up the Garden Route, our related post featuring whiskey tastings in the Western Cape features additional incredible tastings to try.

Whiskey tastings within 30 minutes from Stellenbosch

As Stellenbosch is home to only a few whiskey tastings, we’ve also provided a few options just 30 minutes away from Stellenbosch, including a renowned tasting at SA’s only commercial whiskey distillery.

If you’re looking for even more options, closer to Cape Town or up the Garden Route, our related post featuring whiskey tastings in the Western Cape features additional incredible tastings to try.

  • photo of the outside of james sedgwick distillery
  • james sedgwick distillery logo

6. James Sedgwick Distillery

Location: Stokery Road, Wellington.

The James Sedgwick Distillery stands as Africa's sole commercial whisky distillery, home to Three Ships and Bain’s whiskies that have received international awards and are recognised nationwide.

With tours at R350 per person on select Fridays and Saturdays, this experience limits its intimate tours to 20 people, ending with a whisky tasting. The journey through whisky making with a tour of various parts of the distillery, showcasing their grain to glass process. This experience coupled with bespoke whisky tastings on their own, or whisky and food pairings to introduce you to their range for the first time, or allow you to experience something completely new. 

To dive deeper into this must-try whisky experience, visit the James Sedgwick Distillery website, and book a tour via WebTickets.

  • photo of the outside of james sedgwick distillery
  • james sedgwick distillery logo

6. James Sedgwick Distillery

Location: Stokery Road, Wellington.

The James Sedgwick Distillery stands as Africa's sole commercial whisky distillery, home to Three Ships and Bain’s whiskies that have received international awards and are recognised nationwide.

With tours at R350 per person on select Fridays and Saturdays, this experience limits its intimate tours to 20 people, ending with a whisky tasting. The journey through whisky making with a tour of various parts of the distillery, showcasing their grain to glass process. This experience coupled with bespoke whisky tastings on their own, or whisky and food pairings to introduce you to their range for the first time, or allow you to experience something completely new. 

To dive deeper into this must-try whisky experience, visit the James Sedgwick Distillery website, and book a tour via WebTickets.

  • photo of the outside of james sedgwick distillery
  • james sedgwick distillery logo

6. James Sedgwick Distillery

Location: Stokery Road, Wellington.

The James Sedgwick Distillery stands as Africa's sole commercial whisky distillery, home to Three Ships and Bain’s whiskies that have received international awards and are recognised nationwide.

With tours at R350 per person on select Fridays and Saturdays, this experience limits its intimate tours to 20 people, ending with a whisky tasting. The journey through whisky making with a tour of various parts of the distillery, showcasing their grain to glass process. This experience coupled with bespoke whisky tastings on their own, or whisky and food pairings to introduce you to their range for the first time, or allow you to experience something completely new. 

To dive deeper into this must-try whisky experience, visit the James Sedgwick Distillery website, and book a tour via WebTickets.

7. Whisky Library

Location:  Wellington Rd, Durbanville.

Founded in 2020, The Whisky Library is a haven for whisky enthusiasts.

This venue offers an opportunity to explore close to 1100 whiskies from around the world, with new additions each month. Beyond whisky, it caters to all preferences with a variety of other beverages. Whether you want to try this experience in a group or with a loved one, The Whisky Library promises a welcoming and immersive whisky experience. Their venue also features a range of cigars.

For more information or to book a tasting experience, visit The Whisky Library's website and get in touch using the details on their contact page.

  • whiskies being chosen from shelf at whisky library
  • whisky library logo

7. Whisky Library

Location:  Wellington Rd, Durbanville.

Founded in 2020, The Whisky Library is a haven for whisky enthusiasts.

This venue offers an opportunity to explore close to 1100 whiskies from around the world, with new additions each month. Beyond whisky, it caters to all preferences with a variety of other beverages. Whether you want to try this experience in a group or with a loved one, The Whisky Library promises a welcoming and immersive whisky experience. Their venue also features a range of cigars.

For more information or to book a tasting experience, visit The Whisky Library's website and get in touch using the details on their contact page.

  • whiskies being chosen from shelf at whisky library
  • whisky library logo

7. Whisky Library

Location:  Wellington Rd, Durbanville.

Founded in 2020, The Whisky Library is a haven for whisky enthusiasts.

This venue offers an opportunity to explore close to 1100 whiskies from around the world, with new additions each month. Beyond whisky, it caters to all preferences with a variety of other beverages. Whether you want to try this experience in a group or with a loved one, The Whisky Library promises a welcoming and immersive whisky experience. Their venue also features a range of cigars.

For more information or to book a tasting experience, visit The Whisky Library's website and get in touch using the details on their contact page.

  • whiskies being chosen from shelf at whisky library
  • whisky library logo

Final thoughts on whisky tasting in Stellenbosch

While Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands are better known for their wineries and wine tasting experiences, there is a selection of whisky tastings to try in the region. 

If you’re looking for whisky tastings in the Western Cape, including Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route, we encourage you to read our related post and book your tasting. 

Additionally, our whiskey experiences category is an archive home to a variety of whiskey tasting experiences, tastings and events based in South Africa and around the world. 

We also keep our readers up to date with the latest whisky experiences available in South Africa, and further afield. Join our community today to be notified of these tastings and events.

Final thoughts on whisky tasting in Stellenbosch

While Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands are better known for their wineries and wine tasting experiences, there is a selection of whisky tastings to try in the region. 

If you’re looking for whisky tastings in the Western Cape, including Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route, we encourage you to read our related post and book your tasting. 

Additionally, our whiskey experiences category is an archive home to a variety of whiskey tasting experiences, tastings and events based in South Africa and around the world. 

We also keep our readers up to date with the latest whisky experiences available in South Africa, and further afield. Join our community today to be notified of these tastings and events.

Final thoughts on whisky tasting in Stellenbosch

While Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands are better known for their wineries and wine tasting experiences, there is a selection of whisky tastings to try in the region. 

If you’re looking for whisky tastings in the Western Cape, including Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route, we encourage you to read our related post and book your tasting. 

Additionally, our whiskey experiences category is an archive home to a variety of whiskey tasting experiences, tastings and events based in South Africa and around the world. 

We also keep our readers up to date with the latest whisky experiences available in South Africa, and further afield. Join our community today to be notified of these tastings and events.

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