History

Our Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was found by Simon van der Stel from the Netherlands in 1679 and is the second oldest town in South Africa.  The beautiful and impressive Simonsberg Mountain is well known.  Early Stellenbosch history is represented by the 4 Village Museum Houses:  Schreuder-, Bletterman- Grosvenor- and Berghouse with the entrance in Ryneveld Street. The interior furnishing and gardens resemble the true pioneering spirit of days gone by.

 

Most important is Stellenbosch’s wine-producing region. Vineyards cover the gently rolling hills and hold the promise of future yields for their founders. Visit http://www.wineroute.co.za .Stellenbosch University, founded in 1918, remain one of the most important institutions in South Africa, and is internationally renowned.    

The wine-producing industry grew from strength to strength and Stellenbosch soon became world famous for its amazing wines. To this day, wine from Stellenbosch and its surrounds is sold all over the world. In 1971, Stellenbosch became the first wine region in South Africa to establish a wine route. This is formed by an organised network of wineries that can be visited for wine tastings, food and admiring the buildings and surrounding countryside.

Because of the rich agricultural and wine industry in the area, the early settlers soon established a bustling town. The earliest building can still be viewed on the historic wine farm of Muratie and dates back to 1689. In the historic town itself, white-plastered buildings were built and oak trees were planted. The name Eikestad (Town of Oaks) is still used to describe the town today.

In 1918, the University of Stellenbosch was founded. It is still an internationally recognised centre of education and is one of the leading universities on the African continent. The university attracts scholars from around the world and every year students boost the town’s population.