Stellenbosch is South Africa's 2nd oldest town and is surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. Stellenbosch is best known for its impeccable wines. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafés, boutiques, and art galleries.
Stellenbosch, endearingly nicknamed ‘Stellies’, is a university town in South Africa's Western Cape province and is the second oldest town in the country. It’s surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafés, boutiques, and art galleries. Stellenbosch is best known for its fantastic, world class wines. Expect friendly locals, colourful nightlife, lively events, incredible food and wine, and picturesque natural scenery.
Visit an eco-conscious wine farm such as Spier, Longridge, or Waterford Estate.
Explore the Jonkershoek or Simonsberg nature reserves.
Cycle around the quaint town and historical Stellenbosch University.
Visit an organic local farmer’s market with great food, produce, wine, and clothing.
Experience incredible art and sculptures at an art gallery.
Eat at one of the renowned restaurants.
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Best time to go to Stellenbosch Wine Route
The best times to visit Stellenbosch are in spring and autumn. This includes the months between September to December, and March to May. During this time, the town has great weather with little rainfall to disturb your activities. Spring features gorgeous Fynbos and flowers in bloom, while autumn is characterised by dreamy orange, brown, and red leaves drifting in the wind. Summer in the Stellenbosch wine valley can be extremely hot, while winters feature snow-capped mountains on the peaks of the Jonkershoek and Simonsberg nature reserves.
Featured Stellenbosch Wine Route stays
Angala Boutique Hotel
Tranquil lodge in the heart of the winelands offering luxurious restoration