A town for all seasons. With its glorious scenery, close proximity to Cape Town and array of award-winning wineries, Stellenbosch is one of South Africa and The New Wine World’s most popular destinations for lovers of wine and food.
The historic town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest in South Africa, developed from a colony of settlers to whom land had been granted on the bank of the Eerste River. The name ‘Stellenbosch’ was given by Governor Simon van der Stel who in 1697 encamped there with his entourage. The avenues of oaks are lined with Cape Dutch, Georgian and modern Victorian architecture of which many are now national monuments and are guarded for future generations.
Over the years Stellenbosch has grown into a vast academic and cultural center. Its internationally acclaimed university draws thousands of students annually and the flourishing wine industry takes visitors along the wine route to celebrated cellars.
One of these cellars is undoubtedly the Rustenberg winery with its classic Cape Dutch buildings and a tradition of wine making that spans three centuries.
The magnificent mountains and hills surrounding the town offer unequaled opportunities for golfing, hiking, horse-riding, cycling, hot-air ballooning, hang gliding and many more activities.