Less than 45 minutes drive from Cape Town is South Africa's second oldest town, Stellenbosch. Surrounded by the majestic Stellenbosch Mountains, rolling vineyards and orchards, this university town creates one of the most picturesque settings in South Africa and is the heart of the Cape Winelands.
A scenically attractive and historically preserved town, Stellenbosch boasts some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Enjoying a lush environment, Stellenbosch's oak-lined trees are filled with cosmopolitan restaurants, cafes, bistros and national monuments that bear witness to a proud and dignified heritage.
Together with Paarl and Franschhoek, Stellenbosch makes up the world-renowned Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch has the oldest wine route in the country and is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world. Here you'll be spoiled for choice, and can visit award winning wine estates such as Spier, Tokara, Fairview, Delaire Graff, Waterford and Rustenberg amongst many others.
The Stellenbosch winelands is sure to delight and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the original cellars (dating back to the first farmers in the Cape) and sample some fine wine while learning about the intricate processes used to produce them. These winelands offers a plethora of activities for young and old, including hiking and walking trails, horse riding, trout fishing, helicopter flips and strawberry picking. As Stellenbosch is so close to Cape Town, these destinations can easily be combined.