Stellenbosch is a easy daytrip by car, maybe 50 minutes or a bit slower by suburban train.
Founded 1679 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, in the late 17 century some Huguenot refugees settled in Stellenbosch and grapes were planted, education began in earnest in 1859 with the opening of a seminary for the Dutch Reformed Church and 1918 the University of Stellenbosch. Today Stellenbosch is a university and wine growing tourist town with a quite nice atmosphere.
This is a wonderful place to visit. From the history presented by the buildings themselves, the Muses and the nature trail you can spend an afternoon here and follow it up with dinner at Moyo next door. Actually a short drive from Cape Town in the heart of wine country.
Take a walk on the Protea walk along the banks of the Eerste River to see many kinds of plants and wild life. Well taken care of gardens will show you many unique things.
This small town, situated about 40 km east of Cape Town, is worth visiting for a couple of reasons. Founded in 1679, it is the second oldest town in South Africa (the first one is Cape Town). Stellenbosch is often called the town of oaks and in fact these mighty trees look impressive here. The place has the oldest university in the country and a great number of picturesque old buildings in the Dutch Cape style.
Stellenbosch is also the centre of wine industry and you can find here and in the vicinity a lot of wine estates where you can taste wine. Add to this the town's beautiful setting among mountains and vineyards and you will agree that it's a must for visitors who have at least a couple of hours to spare.
There are a number of museums to visit in Stellenbosch, but we decided to go to the Village Museum and we didn't regret the choice. Actually, the museum comprises four houses - each from a different period in the history of the town. The oldest one -Schreuderhuis - has the interior typical of Stellenbosch home from the years 1680 - 1720. The others are: Blettermanhuis in the Dutch Cape Style, Georgian Grosvenor House and Victorian Murray House.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route is arguably the country´s most famous, and the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin area includes 106 cellars - most of which are open to the public. Enjoy a long day´s wine tasting, and wine buying and you´ll sip more than our great South African wines - you´ll taste our South African way of life.
The heart of the town lies somewhere near the oak-lined Dorp Street. With its venerable old buildings, this is the University´s main thoroughfare, where modern student life sits comfortably side by side with our history and architectural heritage.
The University - Maties - has produced many of the country´s great sporting heroes, including more than 155 rugby Springboks, and Stellenbosch offers almost every outdoor activity you could desire.
They range from an easy 5,3 km scenic walk to the challenging 17.1 km Panorama Trail and the 18 km Swartboskloof Trail. Visit Granny´s Forest at Helderberg Farm for easy walking - they also offer various other trails and an overnight hut. The full-day Vineyard Hiking Trail is best enjoyed in autumn or spring; it´s 24 km long that starts on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg, above the Oude Libertas Centre and meanders through the forest plantations, vineyards, olive groves and coastal renosterveld.
An important cultural centre, Stellenbosch has many galleries and museums housing important national and international art collections and the Stellenbosch Conservatoire is the country´s oldest music school.
South African wine industry produces about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually. Stellenbosch is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research. Professor Perold was the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971 by Frans Malan from Simonsig, Spatz Sperling from Delheim and Neil Joubert from Spier is a world renowned and popular tourist destination.
The region has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool wet winters. Stellenbosch lies at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range, which provides soil favourable to viticulture. Grapes grown in this area are mainly used for wine production, as opposed to table grapes. The region possesses a wide range of soils in the area, from light, sandy soils to decomposed granite. Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is beginning to get a good reputation as a fine wine.[
I enjoyed my time in Stellenbosch very much. It is known as the heart of South Africa’s wine industry and is argued to be on of the most popular wine routes in the country. The town is rich in Dutch architecture and the streets are shaded with big oak trees. In the town of Stellenbosch there are so many cafés and shops to spend the afternoon in. There is a market offering African art from locals and a grass square for picnics. There are also museums to poke your nose in if you want to know more about the history and of course Stellenbosch University is located in the area as well. The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is close by offering opportunity for hiking and great views. In October is the annual Strawberry festival where the focus is of course, on strawberries!
We visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch and enjoyed it greatly. Cellar tours and wine tasting is available along with a cheetah and bird park. You can touch a cheetah here if you would like. There are restaurants and delis available for dining. You are not allowed to bring your own private picnic on the grounds. Horse back riding is also available. This is a fun place to visit with things for children to do as well.
Stellenbosch is one of the oldest and best preserved towns in South Africa, replete with examples of Dutch colonial, Victorian, and Georgian architecture. Founded in the 1600's, this town quickly became the center for the production of fruits and wines. Its geographical setting in a mountain valley is superb. The climate is very mild and the sunshine is year round. Make plans to visit several of the wineries that offer tours and tastings to tourists.
I visited the vineyard Zevenwacht (seven guards) and tried the South African wine (thanks Glenn) . It tasted good. I'm not going to compare it with the Chilean one, Actually i'm not an expert I drink any wine
Stellenbosch is an attractive, verdant university town with tree-lined parkways, parks, colonial buildings and a very pleasant atmosphere.
Being a famous wine-producing town, there are also some great gourmet restaurants and wine bars in Stellenbosch.
I enjoyed going here as the scenery is beautiful and i enjoyed going to a winery for wine tasting.
Stellenbosch has a pleasant town,with museums,hotels,restaurants,old bulidings,a cheese factory,a art gallery,a wine museum,brandy museum,and plenty of places to stay.
The Cape area is famous for the wine production. We took a one day trip to Stellenbosch and one of the wineries in this area. It was about 1-hour drive to Stellenbosh and many of the wineries have tours that you can join in on. And you can get to taste the wine and to buy wine of course. I can't remember the name of the winery that we were taken too but we got to walk around in the winery and the whole process of making wine was explained to us.
Stellenbosch is the center of the wine country near Cape Town, but it is a great town to visit in itself. One of the best Universities in South Africa is located in Stellenbosch, and for a small town, has excellent nightlife.