Stellenbosch is a lively student town with broad avenues and colonial houses in Cape Dutch architecture.
Stellenbosch was the first of the wine towns in this area and founded by Simon van der Stel. He noticed the fertility of the area and he gave citizens a piece of land to set up a farm. Due to the perfect climate and fertile soil the farms quickly became successful in wine cultivation.
Nowadays there are countless wine farms. Almost all of them offer wine tastings. There are ‘regular’ tastings, but also wine safaris and combination tastings including chocolate. There are a number of well-known wineries such as DeGraff, Tokara and Spier. At Waterford Estate, just outside Stellenbosch, a nice wine-chocolate combination is offered. The chocolate is specially made for the different wines. Jordan Wine Estate offers the mentioned wine safaris. A guide will explain the wining process while driving through the vineyards in a jeep.
The area is great for wine tasting, but there are plenty of other great activities. There are beautiful hikes in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and the Village Museum is also worth a visit.