Stanford is located on the banks of the Klein River in the heart of the Overberg, just 16km from Hermanus and 22km from Gansbaai. While the drive out of rush-hour Cape Town is less than two hours, by the time you arrive Stanford will feel uncannily like home.
Why? A combination, perhaps, of the charming Cape Victorian and Edwardian-styled architecture, smiling faces and free-flowing conversations, and the flair of Mother Nature.
A part of the Cape Whale Coast Route, Stanford and its wineries have very recently been officially placed on the wine route map.
This is cool-climate wine country, with a wide variety of soil types that enable the production of various award-winning wine styles.Contact Us
Stanford offers cycle and hiking tours, cycle slackpacking, boat cruises and mountain biking.
The up-and-coming Stanford Wine Route was officially launched in October 2015, and offers a wide variety of wines, from dry rosés and MCC to full-bodied reds. Some farms have even diversified to add crafted beers, infused gins and grappa-based liqueurs to their repertoires, and visitors would do well to add these to their tasting schedules.
Foods range from family fare, gourmet delights, country comfort cuisine and pub grub to fine dining. Under the Food Heroes Banner, restaurants source ingredients that are seasonal, local and environmentally friendly. Delicious market goods can also be bought at the local Wednesday and Saturday morning markets, and directly from local farms.
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Stanford offers weekend markets, picnics on various farms and arts and crafts shops in the town itself.
Top Things To See And Do
Go on a cruise down the Klein River on the African Queen or the River Rat, enjoying a magnificent sunset with a glass of Stanford wine in your hand
Pay a visit to Panthera Africa, an educational sanctuary for big cats, where you will learn about each species and its uniqueness, in addition to its heart-warming personality! Expect to observe, photograph and enjoy the majestic lions (brown and white), the cheeky leopards (spotted and black) and the powerful Bengal tigers, in addition to the striking caracals
Catch a ride through the vineyards on the Vineyard Tram and enjoy some of the most spectacular views Stanford has to offer
Go on a tutored tasting of craft beer at one of Stanford’s numerous brewers, or grab a bottle of grappa or exotic liqueur at the Fynbos Distillery
Sample and fill your basket with the delicious range of cheeses produced by Klein River Cheese Factory
Join a walk through the tree-lined streets of this quaint little town to discover the magnificent historical buildings that bear testimony to significant British influence, and mark Stanford as the third-most historically important village in the Western Cape
- Find out why Stanford’s renowned ice cream parlour, Don Gelato, is something not to be missed!
Stanford events will be added as soon as the calendar is finalised.
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