Situated a less-than 45 minute drive from Cape Town is South Africa's second oldest town, Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch lies at the heart of the Cape Winelands. Surrounded by the majestic Stellenbosch Mountains, rolling vineyards and orchards, this university town is one of the most picturesque settings in the country.
Together with Paarl and Franschhoek, Stellenbosch makes up the world-renowned Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch is home to 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.
Stellenbosch offers both scenery and history boasting some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Stellenbosch's streets are lined with oak-trees and are filled with cosmopolitan restaurants, cafes, bistros and national monuments alongside the bustling vibe of Stellenbosch University.
The Stellenbosch Winelands are 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. The Winelands offers a plethora of activities for everyone, 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 be easily combined.