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Cape Town Wine Tours, Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch means van der Stel's forest. The town was founded in 1679 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself. It is today arguably the most successful wine town in South Africa and forms part of our Cape Town wine tours.

It is situated along the Eerste River, so named as it was the first new river he came across when Jan van Riebeeck instructed him to explore inland from Cape Town on expedition tours over the Cape Flats to explore the region in the direction of what is today known as Stellenbosch. The town developed at a very fast pace and turned into an independent town and authority in 1682.

The Dutch at that stage were very skilled in engineering and they invented a system of furrows to push water from the Eerste River to the area around Thibault Street through the centre of town via Van Riebeeck Street leading to Mill Street where they erected a mil. Early visitors here excitedly commented on the string of oak trees and gardens strewn across the area..

Soon after the first settlers arrived in Cape Town, especially the refugee French Huguenots, grapes and vineyards were planted in the fruitful valleys around Stellenbosch and very quickly it turned into the centre of the successful wine industry of South Africa as we know it today.

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