Founded more than three centuries ago, Stellenbosch is among the oldest cities in South Africa. Along the Eerste River, Stellenbosch sets itself apart with its "Cape Dutch" architecture of grand houses with white façades and mouldings. This colonial style is the product of a multicultural marriage brought about by the Dutch who imported fragments of their European culture in the 17th century. The thatched roofs and lime walls of these South African homes mirror Amsterdam's town houses. A touristic jewel for the region, Stellenbosch is lined with centuries-old oak trees and thriving vineyards. The Mediterranean climate allows winemaking to grow, and the region has attracted lots of tourists to its wine route, established in 1971. Amid its green valleys, domains and wine estates abound with cellars open to the public. A great tasting is just around the corner!