Stellenbosch Berg is the southerly neighbour of the Greater Simonsberg sub-route.
The mountain it refers to is 1 156m in height and is often dusted with snow during winters. The influence of this and adjoining peaks play a significant role in wines because of the way it influences climate as well as the soils. These have degraded over millennia providing vineyards with the remnants of Table Mountain Sandstone and granite, as well as alluvial soils from the streams and rivers that characterise the region.
The source of amongst others, the prominent Blaauwklippen River, is near the peak of the Stellenbosch Berg. Other prominent rivers of this wine sub-route include the Eerste (First) River, a 40km watercourse so named by early settler Simon van der Stel that runs through the Helderberg to emerge at False Bay.
Wine grapes have been planted in the region since the 17th century. Today, many of the wineries of the region associate themselves with the concept of the “Golden Triangle”, so-called for the concentration of award-winning wines it has produced.
The Stellenbosch Berg sub-route incorporates the hamlet of Jamestown, formerly a Rhenish Mission established in 1903. Contemporary Jamestown remains the home to many descendants of the original families who still farm here.
Furthermore, the region incorporates part of the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve – important reserves for local fauna and flora.
Wineries of the region include Kleinze Zalze and Blaauwklippen, off the R44; Vriesenhof, in the Paradyskloof area; Dornier, Kleinood, Keermont, Stellenzicht and Waterford – all situated along Blaauwklippen Road; and, towards the lush forest area of Jonkershoek, Lanzerac and Stark-Conde.