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.

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Tulbagh Tulbagh
Town of Cape Winelands

Witzenberg Valley Adventures in the Winelands
A great scenic getaway awaits you in the Cape Winelands only an hour and a half from Cape Town.Our Witzenberg Valley includes the neighbouring towns of Wolseley, Ceres, Prince Alfred’s Hamlet and Tulbagh where you will find Alfa Apartments.Closer to us are the towns of Worcester, Wellington, Paarl, Riebeek West, Riebeek Kasteel, Malmesbury, Porterville, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.Besides enjoying the spectacular views from almost anywhere in the valley, stoep sitting and stargazing there is a lot to be seen and done in what appears to be a sleepy hollow. One just needs to know what, where,...
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Mandy Kriel
South Africa

Robertson Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

Warm welcome in the Valley of Wine & Roses!
Robertson is an attractive town in the Cape Winelands with Victorian buildings, jacaranda-lined streets and vineyards bordered with rose bushes.Along with its wines, there is a variety of attractions, activities, accommodation, and culinary delights. This and the awesome scenery and hospitality make it a superb getaway. Don't miss the festivals: Wacky Wine Weekend, Hands on Harvest, Wine on the River, Robertson Slow and the Jacaranda Festival.
Carlos Araujo
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

The beauty of Franschhoek
We are located in a unique village called Franschhoek, in the heart of the beautiful Cape Winelands with a choice of more than 40 top class vineyards to choose from for your particular palate - be it a white or a red vintage. Franschhoek is also known as the Culinary Centre for gastronomic choices with some of the top restaurants in the country situated in this region. Reservations are a must, which your hosts will gladly organize for you in advance, lest you be disappointed for lunches, picnic baskets, dinners or any special occasions. Wine tasting tours on bicycle, horseback or by transport...
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Don & Marlyn Carroll
South Africa

Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
Town of Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch
Great destination and enjoyed it even as a regular traveller to the Cape Winelands.
Arno Hattingh
South Africa

Robertson Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

Best value for money in the Winelands
Robertson is the new kid on the block in the Cape Winelands. Its wine festivals are the most popular in the country and that is not only because of the wine itself. Probably even more because of the vibe, the atmosphere, the absolute no-stress-allowed environment of Robertson and the true hospitality of its people.While Robertson is hot on the local market, there is a growing number of international tourists discovering the beauty of this valley. Robertson is just a little off the beaten track as one finds Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on nearly everyone's travel itinerary. With as much reason...
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Luc Uyttenhove
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

if you need a break, you need Franschhoek
Celebrate life in one of the most beautiful valleys in the world with its breath-taking mountain views, warm Cape hospitality, world class restaurants, and award winning wines. Come and enjoy the spirit of its French Heritage and participate in the various Festivals on offer, such as the Franschhoek Literary Festival, Bastille Festival, Franschhoek Uncorked, and the Classical Music Festival - there is something for everyone. Franschhoek is only 45 mins drive from Cape Town which makes it a perfect base to explore the entire Cape Winelands region. Enjoy wine tasting on horse back or walk many...
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Kathie von Hoesslin
South Africa

Tulbagh Tulbagh
Town of Cape Winelands

Valley of Abundance
Tulbagh is in the Cape Winelands and has its very own wine route. Nestled between the towering mountain ranges of the Winterhoek, Witzenburg and Saronsberg, Tulbagh has always been celebrated for the stunning beauty of its setting.Settled in 1700, Tulbagh has a rich history, and boasts some of the most beautiful examples of early Cape architecture. After the devastating earthquake of 1969, Tulbagh was skilfully restored according to a surviving 1861 photograph, blessing Church Street with 32 National monuments, and the rest was history. A stroll down Church Street gives an authentic glimpse...
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Jayson Clark
South Africa

Somerset West Somerset West
Town of Cape Winelands

A slice of Heaven
Originally known as Somerset Village, Somerset West offers residents a peaceful community feeling in a pristine natural setting. While the town is steadily growing and becoming increasingly commercial, it has retained the charm that it had when it was first established. Somerset West and in general the False Bay coastal area was inhabited by indigenous people, named the Strandlopers (beach combers). Most of the land was claimed by the then Governor of the Cape Willem Adrian van der Stel, appointed by the Dutch East India Co who were in control of the Cape, and he created the farm Vergelegen...
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Graham Greeff
South Africa

Robertson Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

The best town in the Langeberg area
I would rate Robertson a four star. A unique experience to the visitors globally. It is a top tourists destination in the Cape Winelands with its highest wine market, food, shopping, friendliness, promotions and hospitality. It promotes the uniqueness of "ubuntu" a xhosa word which means humanity. It has a stream range of vineyards, stock and vegetable farms surrounded by the range of Langeberg Mountains and a stream of the Brede River across it. This is a beautiful and clean town with bright roses. A number of attractions and activities like the wine and food festivals, the fruit and vegetabl...
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Lucille (Thandi) Qhankqiso
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Franschhoek
Stunning village surrounded by such beautiful mountains and vineyards.
Sandi Tomlinson
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Festival Time
Beautiful town perfect for Literary Festival as everything an easy walk. Surrounding wine farms superb in Autumn.
Lise Day
South Africa

Suburb of Somerset West

can only recommend
Nice and quiet residential area. Beautiful surroundings!
ANDY JAEGER
Namibia

Heldervue Heldervue
Suburb of Somerset West

Heldervue is centrally situated for all activities, plus has the most beautiful views]
Heldervue is in the perfect area for visiting all the local markets, wineries and Spice Route. It is also close to malls, shopping centres and the sea.
Neville Furnell
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Amazing
Such a wonderful town. I absolutely loved it.
Marika du Preez
South Africa

Robertson Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

Great place
Great place to taste wine and relax with your family!
Morne Janse van Rensburg
South Africa

Franschhoek Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

What a cool place
Just completed a 3-week multi-stop vacation in the southern Western Cape, with Franschoek being our non-ocean 3-day retreat a midst mountain views to die for. The town is relaxed with a very safe feeling. We went mainly for culinary experiences which ranged from casual to very upscale, but always totally awesome. Did not disappoint.
Cupido Daniels
Canada

Stellenbosch Central Stellenbosch Central
Suburb of Stellenbosch

Interesting experience on foot
If you like hustle and bustle, sidewalk cafes, shopping and sidewalk art, this is the place for you.
Tanya Basson
South Africa

Robertson Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

Beautiful, bustling town!
We really enjoyed our weekend in and around Robertson! There are plenty of wine and olive estates open for tasting on both Saturday and Sunday, which makes a quick weekend away so worthwhile! And plenty of great restaurants to choose from. Make the effort to go up towards the mountains as the scenery changes completely and the semi-desert turns to beautiful lush forests. We stayed at De Hoop Cottages so were fortunate enough to enjoy the lush beautiful mountains from our porch. We also really enjoyed Saggy Stone Brewery for both their beer and their food (but apparently Sundays are too busy...
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Rudi Botha
South Africa

Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
Town of Cape Winelands

Very quaint
Stellenbosch and the area/wine farms was wonderful!Had a wonderful meal at Asara wine farm in their restaurant, magnificent views , food and service!
Marie Hill
South Africa

Robertson Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

Peaceful
Scenic Beauty, Wine and Champagne, spa treatment at Small Robertson Hotel what more can one need for a break-away from the City.
Shirley Rothero
South Africa