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 R1,020
1 night, 2 adults

Sugarbird Manor

Sleeps 28 Stellenbosch Guest House in Stellenbosch

This beautiful eight-room guest house is situated on a 21 hectare working protea farm overlooking th...

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 ...

Petit Plaisir
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from R1,070
1 night, 2 adults

Petit Plaisir

Sleeps 2 Franschhoek Self-catering in Franschhoek

Petit Plaisir is the perfect romantic hideaway for couples that like to travel on their own terms. O...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Kleinbosch Lodge

Sleeps 24 Stellenbosch Guest House, Stellenbosch Self-catering in Stellenbosch

Adjacent to a breathtaking pine forest with dramatic mountain views, Kleinbosch offers tranquil rela...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Bain's Barn

Sleeps 2 Tulbagh Self-catering in Tulbagh

Bain’s Barn, dating from 1801, offers centrally located, self-catering accommodation in historic Chu...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Cedar Cottage Paarl

Sleeps 4 Paarl Self-catering in Paarl

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...

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 R700
1 night, 2 adults

Eendracht Hotel

Sleeps 29 Stellenbosch Central Hotel in Stellenbosch Central

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