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If you’ve ever seen a picture of the Cape Winelands, it’s likely that it was taken in Stellenbosch. This historical university town is most famed for the wine produced in its surrounding vineyards, of which, there are hundreds – now this is a place where “dry January” is nigh on impossible.
But the vineyards aren’t all that’s thriving in Stellenbosch. A combination of students, locals and tourists make South Africa’s second oldest town quite the bustling hub. And, although it may only be beaten by Cape Town in the age stakes, much like the capital, Stellenbosch definitely doesn’t feel old, even if it looks it.
Founded by the Dutch in 1679, today a mixture of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture makes up the pretty oak-lined streets of this classic colonial settlement. Filled with an array of elegant boutiques, it’s the perfect place for a mooch. Or, if you want to delve a bit further into the history of the town, head to the Village Museum to learn about how Stellenbosch has developed over the centuries.
Dining in Stellenbosch is nothing short of a delicious affair. And, being just a short drive from Cape Town, it’s worth the trip for the gastronomic offerings alone – although it’s probably best to stay the night if you’ve got vineyard visits planned. From fine dining to rustic farm-to-table food, Stellenbosch has something for everyone’s tastes and, of course, all culinary concoctions will be expertly paired with the best of the region’s local wines.
This is a place where quality is guaranteed so sit back, relax and soak in its endless charms.
Stellenbosch is the Winelands. If you’d like to drink in its delights, simply select the Classic base itinerary and click the 'Winelands' button to add it as a location. And it doesn’t stop there, head over to our itinerary builder now to see what other enchanting destinations you could add on to your South Africa holiday.
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Whether red, white, pink or sparkling is your go-to tipple, the vineyards that carpet Stellenbosch will be sure to satisfy every one of your wine related needs – all for a price so good that the bill will have you doing double-take.Discover more
Lying between the big tourist towns of Stellenbosch and Hermanus, Clarence Drive makes for the most idyllic way to travel from one destination to the other. And with numerous lay-bys, lookout points and pretty villages dotted along the way, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to views.Discover more
Stellenbosch certainly has style. Pair its historical architecture and wine region heritage with its vibrant university town feel and you have a winning combination. Read our blogs to find out just why Stellenbosch is the heart of the Cape Winelands.
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