Mountain Biking at Muratie – where nature, wine and stories make a memorable ride

Muratie

Situated 8km out of Stellenbosch (on the R44 direction Paarl), and a mere 45-minute drive from Cape Town, Muratie Wine Estate is steeped in history and tradition.

One of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, it was established in 1685, when German soldier Laurens Campher and his wife, Ansela, an emancipated slave, founded a winemaking tradition that would span over centuries.

Their captivating story, and those of the many other legendary characters of Muratie, are immortalised in the estate’s wines named after them. It is a place where visitors can still experience wine farm life in its truest form, with rich heritage and warm hospitality creating a unique and inviting atmosphere.

Along with our world famous hand-crafted wines, Muratie’s mountain bike trails have been creating a lot of interest among the more avid mountain bikers. Muratie

Muratie has become one of the jewels in the crown of the respected Simonsberg Conservancy mountain bike route. Various events have been making use of the tracks (like the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Cape Epic and Fairtree mountain bike events), which can lay claim to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

Muratie is perched on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, one of the Cape Winelands’ most recognisable natural landmarks. This majestic mountain rises nearly 1 400 metres above sea level and forms a boundary between the wine growing regions of Stellenbosch (to the southwest), Paarl (to the northeast), and Franschhoek (to the east).

It is home to more than 60 bird species, more than 120 indigenous plants, including the rare Swartland Shale Renosterveld and other fynbos, a wide variety of trees and larger shrubs, and varied wildlife such as tortoises, lizards, vlei rats, striped mice, duikers, dassies and porcupines. As a member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, Muratie is committed to preserving this sensitive mountain ecosystem through sustainable practices.

Muratie“By teaming up with Dirtopia we have managed to offer mountain bike enthusiasts some of the most exciting, free-flowing singletracks to enjoy. The major part of this route is singletrack. There are some obvious switchbacks (one has to ascent over 600 metres during your ride). With this comes the necessary downhills, all very exhilarating and deserving of your full attention.”

“While our tracks are sufficiently technical to provide a challenge for intermediate and experienced riders, the Simonsberg Trail system also features routes that are easy enough for beginners to try.”

There are various routes that you can take in order to tailor-make your distance. The standard ride is called The Doctor’s Ward round. This covers about 27km and will give you 800m of elevation. Muratie

Once you are done with your ride you are welcome to have a great breakfast at Muratie’s Farm Kitchen restaurant where only the best coffee is served. If it is a hearty lunch or sweet indulgence you are after, you will also find much to savour here.  To end the day’s effort, the tasting room is open seven days a week and you will be able to taste and buy some of Muratie’s fine hand-crafted wines.

The terms of enjoying our mountain bike trails are standard. No helmet no ride, and permits are mandatory (day or year permits can be obtained in our tasting room).
“Please respect our tracks and the properties that you are traversing. Stick to the designated routes and help us to protect our pristine environment by not littering.”

The route opens at 07:00 – sign in at the cellar. Zapper mobile payment portal is available to facilitate payments.

For information contact
+27 (0) 21 865 2330/6 email or visit www.muratie.co.za