Last weekend whilst I was frolicking around Route 44 in Stellenbosch, I stumbled across a beautiful hidden gem, called the Delheim Wine Estate. We excitedly sat down to do a general wine pairing, as one does at a wine farm, and to my delight I noticed that they offer cupcake and wine pairing- have you ever heard of something so delicious? Not only is this wine pairing incredibly ingenious, but it is something so unique that one does not normally come across in Cape Town. So naturally, this inspired me to write a blog on the 5 ingenious wine pairings available in the Cape Town/Stellenbosch region.

1. Cupcake & Wine Pairing

This tasting includes four decadent, freshly baked cupcakes, each paired with a special wine. My personal favorite was the Delheim Pinotage that is paired with a pumpkin-and-vanilla cupcake infused with star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. Want to find out the rest of the delicious flavors? Try it out yourself! The experience is available seven days a week between 9am and 4.30pm at Delheim’s tasting room.

Cost: R85 pp

2. MCC & Nougat Pairing

If you feel like something slightly more sophisticated: enjoy an afternoon of fizz and individually wrapped, sticky nougat at this popular estate. Some of these four pairings include the Villiera Tradition Brut with honey-and-macadamia nougat and Tradition Brut Rosé with goji-berry-and-rooibos nougat.

Cost: R95 pp


3. Ice-cream & Wine Pairing

Avaliabale at Close Malverne, this popular wine pairing includes five pairings with seasonal homemade scoops paired with the estate’s popular wines. Expect ever-changing variations like cherry, mint and fudge ice cream paired with Clos Malverne Ellie MCC and malva-pudding-and-custard ice cream with Clos Malverne Honey Dew. Sounds like my kind of pairing.

Cost: R85 pp

4. Crepe Cakes & Bottomless Bubbly

Whilst this is’t really a pairing, we definitely had to give this wonderful creation a mention. Cape Town’s new crêpe cake patisserie, Localli, offers a day of bottomless bubbles and mille crêpe cakes. The events happen once a month with a different crêpe cake offering at each one! Yum.

Cost: R200 pp


5. Pizza & Wine Pairings

Okay, I lied. THIS sounds like my kind of pairing. At a beauty of a place called Café Blanc de Noir,  you can tuck into a pizza divided into four parts, each garnished with a special topping and paired with a premium Brenaissance wine. Think biltong and fig toppings with the Queen of Hearts Merlot, and Knight of White Chardonnay with parma ham and rocket (is your mouth watering yet?). The pairing is available Wednesdays to Sundays.

Cost: R185 pp


Reference articles: Eat Out