The Stellenbosch district is, like many other important wine districts in the Western Cape, in the famous Coastal Region, the wide coastal strip to the north and also to the south of Cape Town.
Stellenbosch is not only the name of South Africa's most famous wine region, but also of the oldest city in South Africa, after Cape Town.
It is an important center, also because of its university with a renowned oenology department. As a wine region, Stellenbosch can not really be seen as one area. It is very diverse in landscape and climatology; mountains and the proximity of False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean play an important role.
Mesoclimates and soils differ considerably, making it possible to make a wide variety of wines; the different sub-areas (wards such as Bottelary, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch and Devon Valley) each have their specialties. But in general, Stellenbosch is famous for stylish wines and blends from cabernet sauvignon.