SOUTH AFRICAN WINE TOUR
Boschendal is a focal point in the powerful forces of time, with a story at the very heart of South Africa. Although the title deed for â€˜Bossendaalâ€™ dates back to the 1685, evidence of the earliest inhabitants of the Franschhoek valley date back to the stone ages some 700,000 years ago. But it is with the first official owner, French Huguenot Jean le Lang that our heritage unfolds in the annals of time. From the early days under ownership of the De Villiers family who laid the farming Foundations and built the historic Manor House.
To read more on the story of Boschendal go to www.boschendal.com.
Schapenberg (Afrikaans for 'Sheep Mountain') nestles almost in the centre of the embrace of the Hottentots-Holland and Helderberg mountains. Its highest point is 300 Metres above sea level and a scant four kilometers from the False Bay Coast. It used to be the hill where former Cape Colony Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel Grazed his sheep, but it was also his lookout port to identify visiting ships, allowing him to race into town and sell his produce before the competition could. These days however, more and more vineyards are being planted in the area already known as being the coolest in the Stellenbosch wine growing region.
To read more on this modern day winery go to www.waterkloofwines.co.za .
Stellenbosch is the second oldest and undoubtedly one of the most scenic and attractive historically preserved towns in Southern Africa. The name conjures up images as few other towns or cities can. History is reflected in the neo-Dutch, Georgian and modern-Victorian architecture that encompasses simple lines, fine detail and elegant proportions that bear witness to a dignified heritage.
To learn more history about Stellenbosch town and area go to www.stellenboschtourism.co.za
The Stellenbosch area is one of the most beautiful locations in South Africa with all the wineries and breathtaking scenery, a photographerâ€™s haven.