Stellenbosch Wine Routes Quick Facts

  • Stellenbosch is the 2nd oldest town in South Africa
  • The early settlers to this fertile region were encouraged to plant oak trees and Stellenbosch’s oak lanes streets bear testimony today in the town being know as ‘Eikestad ‘ which means “village of oaks”
  • Some of the oaks have been proclaimed national monuments
  • Dorp Street has one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any major town in southern Africa
  • Most of the buildings date from the 19th century
  • In 1859 the theological seminary was established in Stellenbosch, leading to Stellenbosch’s proud heritage as leading educational centre
  • Stellenbosch is virtually surrounded by beautiful mountains. They are the Helderberg, Stellenbosch Mountain, Jonkershoek Valley and Simonsberg, which is connected to Botmaskop and the rest of the Jonkershoek mountains by the saddle of Helshoogte
  • South Africa currently has 101,957 hectares under vines, of which approximately 18% is planted in the wine of origin Stellenbosch region
  • Stellenbosch Wine Routes was the first wine route ever formed in South Africa, in 1971!
  • Stellenbosch Wine Routes is now the largest of all the South African wine routes in terms of number of members – in excess of 150!!
  • Stellenbosch was voted South Africa’s favourite wine route for a second year in a row in a recent public survey conducted by a leading magazine.
  • Stellenbosch has the most wine awards per capita/wine than any other region in South Africa