Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and home to the first-ever drinkable South African wine produced in 1659. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest in South Africa, and the well-established wine estates in this beautiful region are world-renowned for their award-winning wines. Stellenbosch Wine Routes represents more than 200 wine and grape producers in the region. One of the top six tourist destinations in the Western Cape, the Stellenbosch Wine Route has been divided into five sub-routes, according to wine styles, climate and location. The sub-routes include the Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Valley and Bottelary Hills.
Due to its size and diversity, the region doesn’t favour any one grape or style. Stellenbosch boasts more wine awards per capita than any other region in South Africa. It is also particularly known for its award-winning red wines, often of a bolder characteristic due to the hot climate, beautifully balanced by the mountainous terroir. It is interesting to note that the granite mountains that lend Stellenbosch wines its unique minerality are approximately 600 million years old, over 3 times as old as the soil in Napa, California.
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