A trip to Cape Town is incomplete without, at the very least, a day out in the Winelands. Filled with food, wine, incredible views and plenty of storytelling, travellers can delight in exploring these incredible destinations through either short day trips or luxurious overnight stays.
While not exactly one individual region, the Cape Winelands are in fact a collection of about 20 popular wine-rich locations spread all over the Western Cape. Even though there are plenty of vineyard-filled areas, the term Cape Winelands loosely refers to three of the most popular destinations: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.
Touched by the gods, these small towns just outside of Cape Town are home to a number of internationally acclaimed wine farms. Thanks to the idyllic terroir of the regions, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl have developed into esteemed winemaking regions, boasting interesting histories that span over 300 years.
Promising wine tastings, wine pairings, cellar tours, winemaking experiences and even cooking demonstrations and classes, time spent in the Cape Winelands is sure to have heads spinning and hearts overflowing. Beyond the bottle, each town has its own unique story and style which travellers can enjoy discovering. From walking tours through historic Stellenbosch’s Dutch-style streets, to wine farm hopping in the culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek, travellers can also enjoy learning about the history and development of the Paarl district.
While foodies and wine lovers will no doubt love the time spent in the Cape Winelands, these incredible excursions will satisfy just about any type of traveller. There is something special in store for nature lovers, art enthusiasts and those with an interest in history and politics.
For those who may be pressed for time, or those who can’t venture too far from the city centre, the Constantia Wine Route is a perfect alternative (or complement) to the Cape Winelands. On the reverse side of Table Mountain, a mere 20 minute drive from Cape Town City centre, in the leafy green suburb of Constantia, lies a scattering of incredible wine farms, all within a short drive from each other.
Whether the experience of the hour calls for a cheese and charcuterie board, a chocolate pairing, a five-course meal or a chef’s table demonstration, any food and wine experience in the Cape Winelands is bound to be elegant, exquisite and unforgettable.
CURRENCY South African Rand
LANGUAGES English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swazi, Ndebele
WEATHER and CLIMATE
- Summer (Dec – Feb): Max 35°C (95°F), Min 14°C (57.2°F)
- Winter (Jun – Aug): Max 18°C (64.4°F), Min 7°C (44.6°F)
Things to Do in the Cape Winelands
When traveling to the Cape Winelands, don’t miss out on these amazing activities:
- Enjoy some of the world’s best wines from some of the most incredible wine farms.
- View the incredible art collection on display at Delaire Graff, as well as the sculptures in the gardens of Le Quartier Français.
- Indulge in an exquisite fine dining affair in the Grand Hall of The Residence.
- Set your tastebuds alight by indulging in some of South Africa’s most spectacular dining experiences in the Cape Winelands.
- Discover the beauty of Franschhoek by walking through the popular high street.
- Learn about the history of the Cape Dutch settlers and the French Huguenots that helped shape the region.
- Sample South Africa’s exclusive, signature Pinotage wine, a blend of Pinot Noir and Hermitage.
Cape Winelands Accommodation
Elegant, outstanding and undoubtedly stylish, the accommodation selection in the Cape Winelands simply dazzles all who come to stay. From grand manor houses, luxurious villas and intimate boutique hotels, travellers can select from a collection of the finest accommodation options for their time in the Winelands.
Award winning wines, scrumptious cuisine, opulent accommodation and sweeping views of both the Stellenbosch Valley and the Simonsberg Mountain Range, Delaire Graff Estate has it all.
Perfect for small groups seeking an intimate stay in the Cape Winelands, La Clé des Montagnes boasts four stylish villas, each individually conceptualised and immaculately decorated.
Travel to the Cape Winelands
With so many beautiful, wine-filled, food-focused regions to choose from, the most difficult thing about travelling to the Cape Winelands will be deciding where to go. Explore these incredible destinations through a series of tours, tailored to your tastes. Whether you love art, literature, outdoor activities or learning about the fascinating histories of places, there’s a bespoke tour of the Winelands waiting for you.
Pair a stay in the Cape Winelands with a seaside sojourn to either Cape Town, Mozambique or the Seychelles, or a safari trip to either the Kruger National Park, Botswana or Namibia. Contact one of our team members to custom create a bespoke vacation.
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