Stellenbosch is only 20km from Cape Town and the surrounding area is often compared to southern France with its rolling, green hillsides and lush valleys. Many different wine producing estates can be found in the area, most offer wine tasting and some have cosy restaurants offering wonderful meals. The town of Stellenbosch itself has a very last century European feel to it with wide avenues lined with oak trees, a rambling university and many buildings in the Cape Dutch style.
Wine producing began in the region back in the 1670\’s with the arrival of 200 French Huguenots, and much beautifully crafted architecture can still be seen from this period
The nearby towns of Franschoek and Paarl are equally picturesque with steep, winding passes leading to nature reserves and secluded wine farms where visitors can sip a particularly good vintage whilst looking out across the surrounding valleys.