Stellenbosch’s treasures include the finest of Cape Dutch architecture supporting the wine making history that started around the 17th century. Surrounded by mountains, the soils in which are planted the vines are well-drained. The rainfall also helps in creating a cooler climate for the vines. South Africa is known for its red blends and Stellenbosch is the concrete demonstration of transforming grape variety into the finest qualitative wines.
Stellenbosch wine district comprises several smaller viticultural sub-area including Banghoek, Bottelary, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch also known as the 'town of oaks', encourages viticultural practices. It welcomes the educational and research centre of the winelands and Nietvoorbij Institute of Viticulture and Oenology. Stellenbosch University is also the only university in South Africa that offers a degree in viticulture and oenology. Now home to more than 200 producers and wineries, Stellenbosch is expanding rapidly and its production capacity is recognised around the world.