Stellenbosch is synonymous with the oldest Wine Route in the country, which draws wine-lovers and tourists from around the world.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route now comprises of more than 110 cellars, of whom most are open to the public, and where some of the finest, award-winning wines can be sampled. Wines of the region are of a very high standard and regularly win International awards.
Although the farms have been handed down through generations, recently some foreign investment has seen the area infiltrated by some oversees buyers. As a result a healthy cross pollination has taking place.
Wine tours are a regular for any visitor and here you have a choice of the old world charm or modern large estates where focus is on drawing large numbers. Stellenbosch is wine country, and this must truly be a Mecca for any wine-lover as well as those interested in learning more about the art. Farms are surrounded by the natural beauty of the nature with some of the most spectacular mountains. This again leads to endless possibilities of scenic and site-seeing trips. With the vineyards as backdrop and the ever-changing color of the leaves transforms the landscapes constantly. Harvest time is normally in late January -early February and the smell hangs in the air and creates an air of excitement and is something to be experienced.
A few wine facts
South Africa is the 8th largest wine producing country in the world. The total number of wine cellars in South Africa is around 430, 169 of which cultivate less than 100 tonnes of grapes per year. The country as a whole produces some 800 million litres of wine every year, with over 300 million litres of this being sold locally each year. The Wine industry is still growing rapidly and these numbers are not exact beacause of this.