The Stellenbosch Wine Route was the first offical wine route that was founded in 1971 and the wine farms of Stellenbosch are within a 45-minute drive of Cape Town city centre.
This is the most well known South African wine region and is home to a variety of cellars - producing some of the country's most acclaimed wines.
Entrances to wine farms are clearly sign posted and wine may be purchased at most of the cellars.
It is also not only about wine anymore. Good restaurants, accommodation, art galleries, cheese, olive products, hiking, nature and animals all make a visit to the Stellenbosch Wine Route more than worthwhile.
Estates worth a visit, include (This list is by no means exhaustive and will be enhanced regularly):
Every now and then you will be seeing Fiero, a beautiful red restored 1986 Vespa, making her appearance on the site. She belongs to a friend of mine who loves to drive around the Cape Peninsula.
On his drives he will be photographing Fiero at an attraction. Thanks P.
Fiero amongst the vines on the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
The town of Stellenbosch, the centre of the Wine Route, is a town steeped in history. It is also an university town and the oak-lined Dorp Street is home to museums and galleries as well as many student cafes and restaurants.
There is however much more to do in Stellenbosch, but I have added a few of the favourites below.
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US Botanical Garden
A small botanical garden. The main purpose of the garden is educationaland therefore it contains both indigenous and exotic plants.
Buy organic and environmentally friendly products or eat at the restaurant.
Die Braak is the village green that was once used for military parades and festivals.
The oak-lined Dorp Street has the longest row of historic buildings in the country.
A church was built in the Neo-Gothic Architectural Style. This is the second oldest congregation in South Africa.
This museum is housed in the US museum and houses a permanent collection of over 3000 art works belonging to the University.
Oom Samie se Winkel
An old shop restored to resemble the trading stores of old. Tel: 021 8870797.
The museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, miniature houses, antique dolls, cars and cuddly toys. You will also see an extremely detailed and lifelike miniature of South Africa 's famous Blue train.
The V.O.C Kruithuis
The V.O.C Kruithuis is unique in South Africa as it is the only remaining powder magazine in the country dating from the days of the Dutch East India Company.
It houses a wonderful collection of 17th century signalling cannon as well as other items representing the military history of the town.