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 R2,240
1 night, 2 adults

Vrede en Lust

Sleeps 22 Pniel Guest House in Pniel

Vrede en Lust is a South African wine farm offering a wedding venue, beautiful accommodation, wine t...

from R910
1 night, 2 adults

Stellenbosch Hotel

Sleeps 74 Krigeville Hotel in Krigeville

Stellenbosch Hotel is a 27-bedroom boutique hotel that also offers several self-catering apartments....

from R2,180
1 night, 2 adults

Majeka House

Sleeps 46 Stellenbosch Boutique Hotel in Stellenbosch

Majeka House, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is a 5star boutique hotel. This is the ideal place to...

from R1,800
1 night, 2 adults

Clouds Estate

Sleeps 34 Stellenbosch Guest House, Stellenbosch Self-catering in Stellenbosch

With one of the most celebrated views in the Cape, Clouds Estate is an undiscovered gem in the heart...

from R1,250
1 night, 2 adults

Lalapanzi Lodge

Sleeps 22 Somerset West Self-catering in Somerset West

The main lodge has been designed with the style-conscious guest in mind, and our philosophy while re...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Eendracht Hotel

Sleeps 29 Krigeville Hotel in Krigeville

Immerse yourself in true South African hospitality and comfort. Situated in historic Dorp Street, i...

from R520
1 night, 2 adults

Sunny Lane

Sleeps 4 Franschhoek Self-catering in Franschhoek

Consisting of two elegant suites, Sunny Lane is situated in the heart of Franschhoek village and is ...

from R1,900
1 night, 2 adults

Orange Grove Farm

Sleeps 25 Robertson Self-catering in Robertson

Orange Grove Farm is a working wine and olive farm situated in the heart of Robertson's valley of wi...

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 R870
1 night, 2 adults

Rosenview Guest House

Sleeps 27 Stellenbosch Guest House in Stellenbosch

Rosenview Guest House offers 12 spacious double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, as well as two family...