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Stellenbosch Wine Routes

When one thinks of Stellenbosch, many pictures emerge... beautiful landscapes, historic buildings, oak-lined streets and, of course, wine. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and is widely regarded as the wine capital of our nation.

Stellenbosch was the first region to establish a formal route among  South African wineries, a route which has gone on to become one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations - a picturesque journey that will make you long for wine and adventures.

150 wine farms decorate the vine-swept landscape, many of them historical farms with achingly beautiful Cape Dutch manor houses, gardens, hotels and fine-dining restaurants.

The wine route in Stellenbosch has been divided into five sub-routes by virtue of their user-friendliness as opposed to official wards, wine styles, or geographical location. This bite-size approach helps visitors get the most out of their winelands experiences on a route that caters to history buffs, golfers, families, romantic couples, nature lovers, gourmands, casual quaffers and serious pilgrims of the grape.

But it’s not just the estates you can look forward to - there is so much more. The Stellenbosch winelands are a joy to visit any time of year, boasting fabulous wines, cool shady spots during the warm summer months or roaring fire-places where guests can enjoy a delicious glass of Stellenbosch red to drive the chills away during winter, slick, professionally run wine estates, some of the country’s finest restaurants and beautiful a countryside.

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Adventure

The university town of Stellenbosch has a very active community, and thrill seekers can choose from well-developed mountain biking and trail runs and events. Visitors can hike and fish in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, or try horse riding and a variety of nature encounters on farms in the area. 

The opportunities for adventure are endless, and there are many specialist shops catering to sportspeople in town.

Events

The Stellenbosch Wine Routes plays host to a number of festivals, carnivals and events throughout the year. Most notable would be the Stellenbosch Wine Festival early in the year, as well as the Harvest Festival with its colourful parade through the town's streets. Watch the press for a multitude of events, and don’t miss out.

Food

Stellenbosch, considered the gourmet capital of the Winelands, offers something for all tastes. The city centre is dotted with coffee shops and eateries, tables often spilling onto the sidewalk, continental style. The town is also known for a few world-class restaurants, such as Rust en Vrede, Jordan Restaurant and Overture, to name a few.

There are weekend markets to explore, wine and food festivals, and a town that focuses on good food and great wine as a part of life. Foodies will not leave unsatisfied.

Relax

Visitors to Stellenbosch are spoilt for choice when it comes to options for relaxation. Many guesthouses and hotels offer on-site spa facilities to residents and visitors.

The Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is a favourite, as well as the pool and treatment rooms at Majeka House. Stellenbosch is also home to the Rustenburg Hydro, which is well known for its detox and relaxation packages. Visitors can also book treatments at a variety of walk-in beauty salons scattered throughout town.

The town also offers a number of gyms, and yoga and martial arts studios.

Stay

Stellenbosch is the historic heart of the wine routes, where visitors can take their pick from the oldest hotel on South Africa when they stay at De Oude Werf Hotel. Or choose modern, world-class accommodation at Delaire Graff Estate, with its impressive Graff art collection, restaurant and spa offerings.

From historic to modern, from big and glamorous to small and intimate, travellers are sure to find the perfect place to call home for the night.

Things To Do

Architecture in Stellenbosch reflects over three centuries of occupation, including Dutch, Georgian and Victorian influences. There are a number of museums and places of interest to visit along the oak-lined streets. Explore arts and craft shops or coffee shops, or simply stroll along the streets soaking up the atmosphere of this vibrant university town. 

Things To See And Do

  • Tasting premium wines from more than 140 wine farms

  • Blend your own wine

  • Eat at a top 10 fine dining restaurant, or enjoy a relaxed picnic

  • Explore a wine-and-salt pairing, or wine and ice cream (many different options available)

  • Spend a day in the Winelands with your family (family-friendly destinations with lots to do for kids of all ages)

  • Hiking and cycling trails (mountain biking, social cycling and hiking routes available)

  • Enjoy a wellness experience at one of the many spas around Stellenbosch and the Winelands

  • Stellenbosch boasts a large number of activities for art lovers (outdoor sculpture exhibitions, many galleries and farms offering art routes walks, etc.)

  • Spend a romantic weekend in the Winelands

  • Play a round of golf

Wine Tasting

This well-known wine route needs no introduction, to either national or international visitors.

Stellenbosch became the first wine region in South Africa to establish a wine route as an organised network of wineries, where tourists could taste at the cellar door. The Stellenbosch Wine Routes currently provides a co-ordinated network of more than 150 wineries, each offering tasting and experiences that go well beyond simply the wine in the glass.

Expect a variety of styles, ranging from historic buildings to modern, state-of-the-art tasting rooms, and wine to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

The Stellenbosch Wine Routes include five sub-routes, which each have their own characteristics in terms of prominent wine styles, climates and geographical location.

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