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
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
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
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
Town of Cape Winelands

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

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
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
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
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
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

Stellenbosch
Town of Cape Winelands

goog place to be
may things in the town and surroundings.
Roy Bilkert
Netherlands

Robertson
Town of Cape Winelands

Great little town
Surrounded by wine farms, great town to spend a few days in. Great many restauranta to try. Good spot to be in if on a wine tour
Samantha Hattingh
South Africa

Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Beautiful and charming village
There is a lot of history here and the original architecture has been conserved. The setting is beautiful and the village appears to be well managed, clean and local business offer a enjoyable shopping experience.
Willem Oelofse
South Africa

Tulbagh
Town of Cape Winelands

Amazing
The people in Tulbagh surely know the meaning of humanity. They made us feel welcome and were very helpfull and friendly. A place where there is so many things to see and do. If I must say, Drostdy Hof, was amazing, the museum was very interesting, wine tasting, excellent. Juat a pity, so many South Africans don't value or find interest in visiting the jewels of our country. I would recommend Tulbagh for an amazing experience.
Denise Saunderson
South Africa

Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Superb
Franschoek is certainly one of our favourite destintaions. Besides wonderful eateries the vibe is fantastic. This year we weren't even there for Bastille Weekend but it is still a very special place.
Colleen Pinheiro
South Africa

Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Franschoek a gem
Beautiful and quiet. The wine tram was a great experience.
Jacqueline Greenberg
South Africa

Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

Franschoek a gem
Beautiful and quiet. The wine tram was a great experience.
Jacqueline Greenberg
South Africa

Tulbagh
Town of Cape Winelands

Tulbagh
We thoroughly enjoyed this lovely town, the people are very friendly and hospitable. Good restaurants and wine estates and a very well organised trail run on the Theuniskraal Wine Estate.
Moira Oliver
South Africa

Tulbagh
Town of Cape Winelands

Local is lekker
Such a friendly place. We loved the quiet and the beautiful scenery
Meryke Barkley
South Africa

Kylemore
Suburb of Stellenbosch

Kylemore
Lovely areaSpectacular viewsAmazing wine farmsAmazing Restaurants
Susan en Gideon van Eeden
South Africa

Franschhoek
Town of Cape Winelands

One of the Best
Franschoek is definitely on our list of favourite places to stayover or spend a day at least. The wine farms are stunning. The views are magnificent. The town has kept is quaintness and the village is clean with lots of restaurants and shops. Something for everybody from hiking to walking to cycling or just sitting back and enjoying nature. A must to do is to take the Franschoek Wine Tram it is great fun and an easy way to visit the winelands and the tour is managed exceptionally professionally.
Enid Son
South Africa