No trip to the Cape winelands would be complete without a stop in the Stellenbosch vineyards, South Africa’s undisputed capital of wine tourism.
These are some of the reasons that explain why the Stellenbosch wine routes are unofficially recognized as such:
- South Africa's oldest wine route is in Stellenbosch, launched in 1971, along which you can taste the produce of more than 40 Stellenbosch wine estates.
- Stellenbosch is also home to the nation's most famous grape, pinotage, a unique cross of Burgundy's pinot noir and Châteauneuf-du-Pape's cinsault created in 1925.
- The Stellenbosch Wine Festival, an annual 3-day event held in August, is widely considered South Africa’s premier wine festival. It features some of the best wines in the country, gourmet food offerings by top restaurants, live music and outdoor activities in picturesque surroundings.
- The Stellenbosch vineyards produce award-winning Bordeaux blends and elegant chenin blancs that you can taste in most of the region’s quaint wine farms, as well as in the many celebrated gourmet restaurants around.
- The renowned Stellenbosch University is home to the country’s leading center for viticulture research, the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, which offers visionary training and innovative analysis to support the South African wine and grapevine industries.
If these weren’t reasons enough to convince you to visit the Stellenbosch wine region, then let us remind you about South Africa’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, the abundance of Fynbos (natural shrubland vegetation) and the scenic views of sea and mountain passes.
The best part? There is no such thing as a “bad time” to come explore the Stellenbosch vineyards, as they are blessed with Mediterranean climate and 300 days of sunshine a year. Today is as good as ever. Why wait any longer?