There is another side to the Winelands that has nothing to do with wine and everything to do with exploring the area’s beauty and history. Here are a few alternatives to wine tasting to take you off the tourist track…
TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE CAPE WINELANDS THAT AREN’T ABOUT WINE
Considered one of the finest art galleries in the Winelands, the Rupert Museum houses the private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert and includes some of the best Pierneef pieces in the country. You’ll find the museum on the banks of the Eersterivier in Stellenbosch.
The art collection holds over 350 works regarded as the best collection of contemporary South African art from the period between 1940 and 1970. Every art lover should visit at least once.
Where: Stellentia Avenue, just off Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Right in the heart of the Jonkershoek Mountains the reserve , which includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, is a popular Stellie outing (locals buy annual permits) and one of four reserves that form part of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site.
Jonkershoek’s beauty (despite the 2015 fire damage) is an assault on the senses. It is a great place for day walks, mountain bike trails and hikes to one of three waterfalls.
Where: Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch
The oak-lined, leafy avenue, chock-a-block with historical buildings, is old-world charm at its best.
Claiming to be the longest row of old buildings in any major town in southern Africa, a walk down Dorp Street gives you access to architecture, historical landmarks, boutiques, restaurants and pavement culture. It’s a must.
Where: It’s one of the main roads in Stellenbosch.