Exploring the Stellenbosch Wine Route
The Stellenbosch Wine Route dates back to 1971 and is the oldest wine route in South Africa. Now officially known as the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes, it is famous world-wide for its beautiful vineyards, unique and sophisticated wines and authentic wine cellars. Opening its doors to the public for tastings, award-winning cuisine and family days out, the Stellenbosch Wine Route is a true local treasure, cherished for its devotion to the simple things in life and loved for pampering and offering a luxurious twist on the bare necessities.
Formerly a link between the most popular and large wineries in the Cape Winelands in and nearest to Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch Wine Route first made its name as a gentle escape away from the city in search of a fine wine and priceless blend. Today, the Stellenbosch Wine Route has been divided into five sub-routes and accommodates more than two hundred wine and grape producers in the area. Wines found in the vicinity carry the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin title and stamp - an accolade that is synonymous with high standards of quality, variation and international awards.
The combination of scenery and fine wine has made the Stellenbosch Wine Route a famous attraction. Guests can simply drive along the route and spontaneously pick a wine farm to explore. Wine-tasting, cellar tours and sales are available directly from most vineyards and cellars. Many of the establishments also have their very own restaurants, gift shops, picnic facilities and galleries, as well as added extras such as carriage rides, auctions and wildlife encounters. Depending on the time of year and their individual offerings, many of the Wine Farms celebrate special events and specials.
If wine isn't quite your thing and you're simply looking for a way to spend your day out of town while staying in Stellenbosch accommodation, driving through this wine route is a relaxing and incredibly soothing activity. Wind down your windows, breath in the fresh air, fragrant smells of the vineyards and the heat of the sun on your skin, and enjoy the passing vineyards, beautiful architecture and fruit orchards will pass you by. Regardless of whether you stop for lunch or snack in the car, you'll have a time to remember and a great day out.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route has had over 330 years to establish itself as one of the world's finest wine industries, tourist destinations and relaxing getaways. Take the time out of your busy schedule, whether you're a local or a foreigner, and go stay in Stellenbosch accommodation, either on or off a wine estate, and take in the beautiful scenery, aromas and the gentle lifestyle of this magnificent region. The experience is truly unbeatable, the scenery it absolutely astonishing and wines are amongst the best in the world.
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Villa Grande offers warm-hearted guest house accommodation in Stellenbosch and is situated in the historic centre of the town in the beautiful Cape winelands.
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