When most people think about going to South Africa they mainly think about going to the beach or going on a safari but no one ever really talks going to amazing small towns like Stellenbosch, most probably because they have never heard of them, but I just have to say that they are just as amazing as the big cities if not better! They may be small but they have a lot to offer as well as peace, tranquility, culture and lots of fun.
Stellenbosch is a university town in Western Cape. It’s surrounded by the most magnificent vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town’s oak-shaded streets are filled with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa’s Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum’s period houses and gardens.
Stellenbosch Vineyards is a leading wine producer and exporter set in the heart of South Africa’s wine industry with over 200 wine producers in the valley, stop for wine-tasting, take a walk through the vineyards, go on a wine safari, blend your own wine and make a personalised label for your Cape Blend, or learn about the art of wine-making from the perspective of a local farmer.
The town of Stellenbosch dates back to 1679 and the first vineyards were planted in 1679. The Stellenbosch Wine Route was founded in 1971. Now known as the Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes, it is divided into five sub-routes and is the second-oldest wine producing region in South Africa, world-renowned for its award-winning wines.
For more information – http://www.wineroute.co.za/
Where to Dine – http://insideguide.co.za/the-best-stellenbosch-restaurants/