One of South Africa's loveliest towns, Stellenbosch was named after Simon Van Der Stel, father of the South African wine industry. The town is a mere 20 min drive from Babylonstoren and has over the years become home to one of the top universities in the country. The Dutch settlers quickly realised that the fertile soil and agricultural conditions were well-suited to viticulture and today Stellenbosch still produces internationally-acclaimed wines. Stellenbosch was the first region in South Africa to establish an official wine route, with close to 150 wine farms, some of the most notable being:
Situated outside Stellenbosch, visitors are greeted by an imposing avenue of pine trees before arriving at the farm. Wine has been made here since 1692.
Meerlust has been in the Myburgh family since 1756. Visitors will be delighted to discover that the farm, apart from wine, also has a historic manor house as well as a rose garden and bird sanctuary.
Kanonkop Wine Estate
Kanonkop is believed to make some of the country's top red wines. The farm has won numerous awards and is a favourite with wine connoisseurs.
This grand wine estate is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains and is one of the top wine estates in the country. The lovely manor house, with its imposing camphor trees and extensive garden, dates back to 1685.
Simonsig Wine Estate
Situated outside of Stellenbosch on the Greater Simonsberg route, Simonsig is known for its fine wine and warm hospitality.
Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Situated on the slopes of the imposing Simonsberg Mountains, Thelema has three times been voted as having the best vineyards in Stellenbosch.
This wine estate with its diverse attractions draws many visitors for wine tasting, excellent dining and cultural events.
Situated almost in town, against the backdrop of Jonkershoek Valley, this graceful estate also produces some Cape fine wines.
A wine farm, one of the country's top restaurants and a premier golf course all make Kleine Zalze well worth a visit.