Enjoy quality wines at Stellenbosch wine farms
The Stellenbosch Wine Farms and Wine Route are the oldest in the country, and have long been considered as some of the most popular destinations in the Western Cape. These Stellenbosch wine farms offer several equally intriguing sub-routes for tourists, including the Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Mountain, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Hills and Bottelary Hills. There are also some magnificently maintained historic wine farms in Stellenbosch that oenophiles can visit for a touch of old world class and charm.
The historical town of Stellenbosch boasts a winemaking tradition that begins as far back as the end of the 17th Century. The mountainous terrain, excellent rainfall levels, deep, well-drained soils and diversity of terroirs make for coveted vinicultural land. Many of the Stellenbosch wine farms include some of the most famous names in the Cape’s wine production, and the number of wine estates and producers in the area is rapidly increasing. The Stellenbosch Wine Route and surrounding district, with its combination of antiquated estates and modern wineries, produces outstanding examples of nearly all the noble grape varieties and top-quality blended reds.
This historic area is known as the “town of oaks”, or “Eikestad” by locals, and is also the educational and research hub of the winelands. Stellenbosch University is the only South African university offering a degree in viticulture and oenology, and a great many of the country’s successful winemakers are alumni of the respected establishment. The university has one of the most high-tech experimental wineries in the world and, at its experimental farms located in several winegrowing districts, ground-breaking research into new varietals, clones and rootstocks is taking place.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route has been divided into many smaller vinicultural areas, including Banghoek, Bottelary, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch.