Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

Things to do - general

 

The Cape Winelands near Cape Town usually refers the beautiful, fertile valleys and mountains about 45 minutes drive from the city. The Cape Winelands are often described as one of the prettiest areas of South Africa with dramatic mountain slopes planted with vines of numerous varietals. Here farmers enjoy perfect conditions and produce some of the best wines in the world.

The little towns and villages such as the de facto capital of the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch as well as Franschhoek, Paarl and increasingly, Wellington and Riebeek Kasteel, feature countless wineries and wine estates that are open to the public. With a decent wine route map, a sense of curiosity, some time, and unless you intend to spit, a designated driver or tour guide, you can hope to visit a fraction of them during your stay.

Of course the original wine country of South Africa can be found even closer to Cape Town in the established suburb of Constantia. Estates such as Steenberg, Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia were some of the first wineries to be established in South Africa back in the 17th Century.

Today the Cape Winelands stretch even further afield, with the incredibly scenic Route 62 described as the longest wine route in the world and with many top wine estates in the cooler Whale Coast & Overberg area. All combine easily with a trip along South Africa’s Garden Route.

There is no best time to visit the Cape Winelands as each season reveals something special. Revel in the bright summer sunshine as you sip chilled wine with an alfresco lunch, or cuddle up next to a roaring fire with a glass of red in the winter. Autumn reveals splashes of deep red and orange in the vineyards, whereas spring sprinkles the roadsides and mountain sides with wild flowers.

Wine and wine tasting are not the only attractions in the Cape Winelands as there are many cheese and olive producers in the area, as well as excellent restaurants to visit.

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Angala Boutique Hotel

Angala Boutique Hotel

Stellenbosch
Cathbert Country Inn was renamed Angala Boutique Hotel and is situated on the slopes of the Simonsbe More info
Delaire Graff Estate

Delaire Graff Estate

Stellenbosch
Situated in the crest of the spectacular Helshoogte Mountain Pass in the Cape Winelands town of Stel More info
Franschhoek Country House and Villas

Franschhoek Country House and Villas

Cape Winelands
Franschhoek Country House & Villas, a restored manor house and former perfumery, is situated on More info
Hawksmoor House

Hawksmoor House

Stellenbosch
Hawksmoor House is an original Cape Dutch-style country retreat, situated on a 220ha wine farm near More info
Majeka House

Majeka House

Stellenbosch
Majeka House is situated just a 5min drive from the hustle and bustle of the historic Stellenbosch t More info
River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa

River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa

Stellenbosch
River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa with its national monument status is situated in the “The A More info
The Spier Hotel

The Spier Hotel

Stellenbosch
The Spier Hotel, just outside Stellenbosch, dates back to 1692. Meticulous renovation has restored t More info
10 Day Southern Africa Holiday

10 Day Southern Africa Holiday

Whale Coast & Overberg, Cape Winelands, Victoria Falls Safari, Kruger National Park
Day 1-4: Cape Town Upon arrival at Cape Town International You will be met by your private driver wh More info
11 Day South Africa Tour

11 Day South Africa Tour

Western Cape, Johannesburg, Cape Winelands
Day 1: Cape Town Orientation Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by your More info
5 Day Cape Town & Wine Tour

5 Day Cape Town & Wine Tour

Stellenbosch, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town Upon arrival in Cape Town, you are met by your English Speaking tour gui More info