Cape Winelands Travel Guide

Description

 Although there are a number of wine growing areas in South Africa, the bulk of our wine comes from the area we classically call 'the Winelands' that includes Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. The production of wine has shaped the development of this area for over 300 years, and it has been proposed for consideration as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape.
The bright green corduroy-patterned vineyards stretching out to the bases of purple mountains, thatched, whitewashed, gabled houses dreaming in the shade of ancient oaks and even the red and white roses planted at the ends of the vines define this beautiful area.

Pretty as it is, though, the proof of the Winelands in the tasting - and the wine is pretty darn good. And, on the subject of tasting - there are loads of great restaurants, coffee shops and attractive guest houses with wonderful menus and extensive wine lists. Once just a collection of independent wineries, each doing their own thing, the Winelands has become a tad more user-friendly, with the formation of wine routes.

It makes good marketing sense for the wine producers and it's also easier for you because the various cellars are well sign-posted and they feature on specially drawn maps so you can chart your course between them with naval precision. Many of the wineries also make cheese, or grow olives and press oil, so there's a lot more than wine to be had.
There's more than just food and wine, though. The scenery - both built and natural - is spectacular and there is so much to do. You could go for a gentle day walk in a nature reserve or even do an extended hike not far off. Quad biking trips, horse rides, wagon rides and many other attractions await your pleasure, and there is a host of cultural attractions, ranging from township tours and home stays to cultural festivals and theatres.

Keen to go Quad Biking in the Winelands and know your pinoir noir from chenin blanc? These fun and informative tours start in the field and end in the cellar!
Check out www.quadrides.com
For bookings phone Hannalene or Merwe on 084 874 8730.

Get more info about quad biking at harvest time in our Stomp that Grape newsletter article.

In and Around

Accommodation near Cape Winelands

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1190
1 night, 2 adults

Roosenwijn Guest House

Sleeps 29 Stellenbosch Guest House in Stellenbosch

Roosenwijn Guest House is a beautiful Victorian-style home built in 1904 and declared a national mon...

Under Oaks - The Vineyard Suites
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from R1080
1 night, 2 adults

Under Oaks - The Vineyard Suites

Sleeps 16 Paarl Guest House, Paarl Bed and Breakfast in Paarl

Under Oaks Wine Farm is a hands-on family business and one of the oldest farms in South Africa, situ...

from R980
1 night, 2 adults

Nwanedi Country Manor

Sleeps 14 Paarl Guest House, Paarl Bed and Breakfast in Paarl

Nwanedi Country Manor is a boutique Bed & Breakfast/Guest House with 12 suites located on a working ...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

The Tea House

Sleeps 2 Franschhoek Self-catering in Franschhoek

Situated in the historically rich town of Franschhoek, The Tea House offers an idyllic getaway to co...

from R530
1 night, 2 adults

Mooring House Guest Lodge

Sleeps 21 Helena Heights Self-catering in Helena Heights

Set on over 4000 square metres of property on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, the guest house...

Alfa Apartments
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from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Alfa Apartments

Sleeps 11 Tulbagh Self-catering in Tulbagh

Alfa Apartments offers spacious, clean and affordable self-catering apartments. Owner managed, we d...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Coronata 20 B&B

Sleeps 16 Stellenbosch Bed and Breakfast in Stellenbosch

Coronata 20 B&B is an upmarket establishment situated in a peaceful residential area of Paradyskloof...

from R495
1 night, 2 adults

Somerset Villa Guesthouse

Sleeps 26 Somerset West Guest House in Somerset West

Discreetly hidden from public view, Somerset Villa Guesthouse is a tranquil oasis offering ten exqui...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Daktari Farm

Sleeps 4 Lyndoch - Stellenbosch Self-catering in Lyndoch - Stellenbosch

In the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, with panoramic views of the Great Hottentot and Stellenb...

Robertson's Own
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from R2300
1 night, 2 adults

Robertson's Own

Sleeps 8 Robertson Self-catering in Robertson

A luxurious country house in Robertson can accommodate one to eight guests, if you feel like being o...