Stanford is a small historic village in the Overberg that was founded in 1857 and named after its founder, Sir Robert Stanford.
Located at the foot of the Kleinrivier Mountains and embraced by the magnificent Klein River lagoon estuary, Stanford is a charming jewel just waiting to be discovered. Less than two hours away from Cape Town International Airport and only 16km from Hermanus, the village is also the heart of the Stanford Wine Route.
Things to do in-and-around Stanford
Stanford forms part of the Cape Whale Coast and also the Cape Floral Kingdom. The area has become a sought after tourist destination for those seeking a good dose of peace and tranquillity. Offering a treasure trove of activities and adventures, there is something to do for the whole family such as:
Stanford is close to the southernmost tip of Africa which makes it one of South Africa’s coolest wine producing regions.
The Stanford Wine Route winds its way along the region’s sandy dunes, rocky mountain slopes and fertile farmlands where top winemakers keep themselves busy by producing an ever growing list of award-winning wines.
The members of Stanford Wine Route strive to offer a unique experience to all those who visit, and each farm on the route prides itself not only in its wine production, but in keeping up-to-date with current industry trends. A few of the farms have added crafted beers, infused gins and cheese production to their repertoires. The Stanford Wine Route includes tasting rooms, restaurants, venue hire facilities and accommodation offerings, making it an ultimate viticultural experience.
Please note that wine quaffing and connoisseuring is for children over the age of 18 only, and the journey of the grape should be embarked on in a responsible manner at all times. Click here for shuttle services in Stanford.
Take a look at the Stanford Wine Route Map and plan your outing to the Overberg here.
Boschrivier Estate is located on two farms that lie at the foot of the scenic Klein River Mountain range alongside the R326, near Stanford.
Find out more about Boschrivier Estate here.
Misty Mountains Estate is the first member of the Stanford Wine Route to greet you as you drive to Stanford from Hermanus and can be found alongside the R43.
Find out more about Misty Mountains Estate here.
Raka Estate is nestled in the Kleinrivier Valley, just 17 km outside of Stanford on the R326 on the way to Caledon.
Find out more about Raka Estate here.
Sir Robert Stanford Estate is situated just off the R43 on the southern slopes of the Klein River Mountains overlooking the historic Stanford Village.
Find out more about Sir Robert Stanford Estate here.
The historic Stanford Hills Estate can be found just off the R43 next door to Sir Robert Stanford Estate and a stone’s throw away from the village.
Find out more about Stanford Hills Estate here.
Springfontein Estate is located off the beaten track on the Wortelgat Road just outside Stanford.
Find out more about Springfontein Estate here.
Vaalvlei Estate can be found 9 km north-east of Stanford on just off the R326 on the Papiesvlie to Elim road (old Salmonsdam road).
Find out more about Vaalvlei Estate here.
Walker Bay Estate is the first estate in the Southern Hemisphere to produce both wine and beer. The estate is located on the R326, a few sips outside Stanford.
Find out more about Walker Bay Estate here.
Welgesind Estate is the youngest member of the Stanford Wine Route and the farm can be found at 19 South East, Stanford.
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Find out more about Welgesind Estate here.
The Stanford Wine Route plays host to a jam-packed activity calendar that is regularly updated and includes:
The wine farms on the Stanford Wine Route offer their wines for sale to the public.
These wines can be purchased at each individual farm’s wine cellar and online. For information about wine sales, check each wine farms link for more details or call the Stanford Wine Route Administrator directly for assistance.