Welcome to Stellenbosch
We invite you to experience the old-world charm of the more sedate and pastoral lifestyle of yesteryear, while rubbing shoulders with a bustling community, student life with the creative energy of a modern, developing town. A rich variety of experiences spoils the visitor for choice; all within easy reach and in a pleasant semi-rural setting.
Stellenbosch is a place in transition where the visitor has the opportunity to experience a variety of African cultures and religions, as well as engaging in the very process of ongoing change.
Stellenbosch is steeped in history, but it also boasts a world-class university and internationally recognised research and innovation facilities, designed to keep the town at the forefront of finding solutions for 21st century challenges.
Stellenbosch is like the vintage wines that it is justly famous for; its many nuances will linger with you and make the desire to return, irresistible. Stellenbosch is synonymous with beautiful natural surroundings, historical buildings, and wine. Its people have the dynamism of youth with thousands of students, but also the wisdom of a long established community of academics, entrepreneurs and wine people.
This mix is inspirational and, in many respects, unique. Stellenbosch360 derives its name from its aim to cover these unique features, as well as the many other faces of Stellenbosch.
We strive to cover the full circle, uniting our town’s diverse people and its friends and visitors from all over the globe, in their love of our special place. Stellenbosch’s internationally-renowned university and other educational and research institutions give the town a vibrant and innovative atmosphere that is an important feature of its cultural and social life. We invite you to share our town with us.
Enjoy its charm, taste its wine and above all, get to know us, its people. Stellenbosch 360 – where the past, present and future form a perfect circle. Stellenbosch is a town of many facets - hence the name Stellenbosch 360 - a perfect circle that continues to grow and to embrace all that this historic town has to offer.
Its many achievements and accolades range from being the Food & Wine Capital of South Africa to the Sports Capital, The Arts Capital and the Conference and Wedding Capital.
The little town of yore has long since shrugged off its sleepy image, and today thousands of visitors flock to Stellenbosch, not only for holidays, but for weekend breaks, business events, conferences, weddings and festivals.
Choose to surround yourself with history, or propel into the 21st century in one of our fine dining restaurants and ultra-modern, bespoke businesses. Our Route 360 culture tourism activities provide an opportunity to connect with and interact with locals -arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend! Stellenbosch is abuzz with an energy unique to university towns.
The diversity of visitors from around the globe and the many performing and visual artists living and working here, add to the vibe. Welcome to this simultaneously pulsating and restful town.
A Town for all Seasons
Stellenbosch is the second-oldest and arguably the most scenically attractive and historically preserved town in South Africa. History is reflected in the neo-Dutch, Georgian and modern-Victorian architecture that bear witness to a proud and dignified heritage.
The town’s academic history has its roots in the early nineteenth century when the Stellenbosch Gymnasium, the forerunner of today’s renowned Stellenbosch University, was established.
Stellenbosch is a centre for ‘clean’ industry and is a sought-after location for business, ranging from entrepreneurs to major international companies, many of which have their head office in the town.
There is a village atmosphere and leisurely lifestyle surrounded by nature, yet Stellenbosch is no more than half an hour’s drive from cosmopolitan Cape Town. Endless stretches of pristine white beach are within 15 minutes’ drive.
The mild weather and unique terroir is ideal for cultivating grapes and the region has produced world-class wines that have amassed countless international awards over the years. The first Wine Route, established in 1971, comprised 17 cellars - today the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes boasts more than 152 members.
Brandy, one of South Africa’s finest products, is distilled in various cellars throughout the winelands.
The tranquil, friendly town offers a plethora of activities and events for young and old, the adventurer, nature-lover, music and art-lover, and history buff. Unsurpassed scenery with views over vineyards, mountains and orchards provide excellent photographic opportunities.
In summer, jagged lines of oak trees etched against white walls transform the streets into cool, shady tunnels. Stroll along the streets and secluded lanes and soak up the atmosphere. Mingle with the locals at an open-air coffee shop or bistro, or titillate your taste buds with fine local fare or international cuisine at one of over 80 restaurants and eateries.
Hike through vineyards and along mountain trails that have been the source of inspiration to poets and artists for centuries, or relax at one of the many health resorts and spas located in the town, amid rolling vineyards, or set snugly against a beautiful mountain backdrop.