Cape Winelands Travel Guide


 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!
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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 R600
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 R720
1 night, 2 adults

Bay View

Sleeps 17 Heldervue Bed and Breakfast in Heldervue

The beautiful and plush Bay View is conveniently located in Heldervue, Somerset West in the shelter ...

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...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Kelyn Self-catering

Sleeps 2 Golden Hill Self-catering in Golden Hill

This self-catering cottage is set in a large, tranquil, shaded garden with a swimming pool and beaut...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Lieflingspoort B&B

Sleeps 6 Wolseley Self-catering in Wolseley

Lieflingspoort is on the farm Goedgeloof, centrally located near Ceres, Tulbagh, Wellington, Wolsele...

from R820
1 night, 2 adults

Olyfenbosch Cottages

Sleeps 8 Robertson Self-catering in Robertson

Olyfenbosch Cottages are two charming historic cottages situated on a working wine farm at the foot ...

from R650
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 R920
1 night, 2 adults

Absolute Bosch

Sleeps 2 Die Boord Self-catering in Die Boord

Absolute Bosch Apartments is the ideal base from which to explore Stellenbosch and its surroundings ...

from R790
1 night, 2 adults

The Orange Bowl

Sleeps 6 Paarl Self-catering in Paarl

The Orange Bowl is a full self-catering outfit established in Paarl in the Western Cape. The Orange...

from R1400
1 night, 2 adults

Realou Franschhoek

Sleeps 20 Franschhoek Guest House in Franschhoek

Realou Franschhoek Guesthouse is a luxurious old-world retreat; beautifully restored with classic go...