Stellenbosch enjoys some of the best weather found around South Africa. Its Mediterranean climate means that summer is usually hot while winter is rainy and can get fairly cold, perfect for nights around the fire. The weather plays an important role in deciding the type of activities to partake in when visiting the lively town of Stellenbosch. Its climate is perfect for growing grapes and the area is worldwide known for its outstanding wines. The sunny season offers some outstanding weather for exploring the little town and it is generally cooler as other Cape Wineland areas.
Summer in Stellenbosch is pleasant and the days are filled with glorious sunshine. A cool south- easterly wind known as the “Cape Doctor” brings some relief to the valley on hot days. This wind is generally replaced by a gentler north- westernly wind. There is very little wet weather in Stellenbosch during the summer, especially during the late summer months.
Winter in Stellenbosch is characterized by a number of cold fronts which hit the Western Cape. We often find snowfall on the mountains surrounding the Stellenbosch Valley which makes for some incredible scenic views. Heavy winds from the North West sweep across the valley and cool rains create perfect weather for indoor fires and hot drinks. Rainy days, statistically one out of three days, are often interrupted by days of warm sunshine and clear blue skies.
In the most beautiful season of the year, we enjoy the most pleasant weather in Stellenbosch. Autumn is alive with new beginnings as the town becomes an oasis of striking rich colours. The south- easterly wind fades away and we enjoy a pleasant calm wind from the south west and the north. The temperature during autumn is neither too hot nor too cold. Beautiful sultry evenings are to be enjoyed during this time. Spring is always a rejuvenation season with new beginnings and Stellenbosch is no different. New greens emerge on trees and vines as the valley comes alive with flowering vegetation. Cold fronts continue during the start of the season with the cold South Easter but this gradually weakens as the sun moves into the southern hemisphere once more. Days become longer and we enjoy more and more sunshine in Stellenbosch as days become warmer.
There is something to do at any time of year in the town of Stellenbosch. Come rain or shine, the small quaint town has something to offer everyone.