Stellenbosch, founded in 1679, is the second oldest European settlement in South Africa after Cape Town and was named for the Dutch governor of the time, Simon van der Stel. Today, the town of Stellenbosch is home to roughly 78,000 people. It is located about 30 miles east of Cape Town in a hilly region of the Western Cape winelands. Located in a valley and flanked on most sides by mountains, Stellenbosch has a Mediterranean climate. The population is primarily Afrikaans speaking (70%), with English (10%) and Xhosa (20%) speaking minorities. The Black population mostly speaks Xhosa as their home language, with Whites speaking Afrikaans or English, the Coloured (mixed-race) is primarily Afrikaans speaking and are in the majority (50%). However, English is universally understood. French Huguenot refugees arriving in the 1690s introduced viticulture to region, to which wine-making is well suited. Today Stellenbocsh is most widely known as the center of the South African wine industry as well as being the home of Stellenbosch University.


Stellenbosch is known as an affluent area and is home to an array of shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, and wineries.
Click here for a list of things to do in Stellenbosch and the surrounding region.
Click here to learn more about Stellenbosch's wide array of wineries.

A (somewhat cheesy) tourist video for Stellenbosch: