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Stellenbosch’s student life is back at full throttle, and you can earn those extra credits of fun by visiting the much sought after “weekend-classes”! 

Wine Tasting

This curriculum requires no prior registration, although a minimum of three wine tasting modules is recommended to enhance the true Matie experience. JC Le Roux offers a variety of champagne pairings, such as a nougat experience, which is a must-do for every Matie! 

At Blaauwklippen, there is a family market on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00 and a selection of phenomenal tastings, such as the pairing of red wines and homemade fudge. 

The third module can be attended at Postcard Café at Stark-Condé Wines. As its name suggests, it boasts one of the most picturesque views in Stellenbosch. 

Mia Groenewald, a second-year BA (Language and Culture) student at Stellenbosch University (SU), recommends this café to all new Maties, saying, “Blaauwklippen is one of my favourite spots on earth! I can’t wait to visit again!” 

With the necessary dedication and hard work, students will be able to master all three modules in one weekend! 

Picnics and Sundowners

For the devoted students wishing to ace this course, there are several evening classes focusing on picnics and sundowners. These classes can be attended at Botmanskop, Coetzenburg and the reservoir, which is located just outside of Stellenbosch. Don’t forget to bring your own equipment for class, such as a picnic blanket, snacks and a bottle of wine. Be sure to arrive early, though, as these popular spots are usually packed! 

Theresa van Staden, a second-year student at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, says that she rarely misses one of these “classes”. “I truly can’t decide what is better: the stunning sunsets or amazing stargazing opportunities at Botmanskop!” 

Coffee Pit Stops

For the much-needed caffeine boost in-between these classes, students can gather at the popular Juvenate Conscious Eatery. 

Located in Dorp Street, they are well-known for their amazing coffee art, and their smoothies will lift your spirits! Franco Swanepoel, a second-year BSc (Molecular and Biotechnology) student at SU and previous master of this course, advises all first-years to go and relax at Juvenate, dubbing it “the perfect place to study or [socialise]”. 

Another excellent choice is the Katjiepiering Restaurant situated in the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden, where they serve a decadent selection of cakes and coffee. 

This course will equip you with the needed wine tasting and culinary knowledge to excel in Stellenbosch, and students who successfully complete the course may proceed to more advanced modules. 

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