Cape Winelands

About Cape Winelands
When To Go
Recommendation
Accommodation

About 40 km to the east of Cape Town, lying in the shadow of a continuous belt of Cape fold mountains, lies a series of generous valleys known as the Cape Winelands – a collection of historic towns, little hamlets and Cape Dutch farmsteads that provide well-regarded South African wines to the world.

These mountains create an incredible scenic backdrop for a myriad vines, but they are also one of the reasons wines do so well here. Their geological compositions provide unique soil conditions that directly effect the character of wine.

This is highly dependent on what you would like to experience, as well as where you would like to go. Generally speaking, this is an all weather destinations even though summer months could be the best bet i.e. October-April.

Where To Go

  • Stellenbosch

Stellenbsoch is one of the most beautiful and peaceful towns in South Africa. The amzazng views of mountains, bountiful vineyards leaves you wanting more and more of it.It is also well known for its excellent University .The town is a place ful ofhistory, heritage, student life.Its also got some of the oldest but best preserved buildings in the country.

  • Breedekloof

The Breedekloof Wine Valley is becoming an increasingly popular attraction for wine-lovers of all varieties, but the region has a lot to offer over and above its extensive wine offerings. With everything from local art to lazy lunch spots, there’s plenty to keep you busy should you choose to journey one hour out of Cape Town for your next weekend escape

  • Bot River

The Bot river wine route is a mixture of wineries that make up the Bot river Vineyard Association.Found at the foot of Houwhoek pass,the wine farms are the gateway to the Walker bay, the wfamous wine-growing district.The area has the coolest climate and is a great place to visit duringthe hot summer months in South Africa.

  • Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas, about 110 km from Swellendam off the main N2 highway,it  is the southernmost tip of  the African continent, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, and high waves continually batter the windswept rocky shoreline.  It really is a desolate yet dramatic place. The official position of the tip is 34°49’58” south and 20°00’12” east.

  • Darling

Darling is the first wine ward, arguably in the world, where all the estates are accredited and awarded membership of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative. The pace here is easy and the emphasis is on the personal, with intimate tasting rooms and nature-friendly wines to suit every palate, pocket and mood. And in summer olives head the menu, and everything and anything that can be made from olives, is – from jams and preserves to spreads and oils.

The laid-back pace of this lovely town invites the visitor to linger on the stoep of a coffee shop or restaurant, have another glass of wine, and savour the modern country cuisine and friendship, warmth and hospitality for which the region is justifiably famous – then amble down the road to a cosy BnB or guesthouse to spend a peaceful, restful night.

  • Paarl

Paarl is the third oldest European settlement in South Africa, and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. It is located just 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, in the Western Cape. Paarl is known for its scenic countryside beauty, excellent wineries, trendy coffee shops, incredible architecture, and fruit growing heritage.

  • Durbanville

Durbunville is a well know queit residential area .It is also one of the wine producing areas located in the Nothern suburbs of Cape Ton South Africa

  • Klein Karoo

The Klein Karoo Wine Route lies from the Cogmanskloof, outside Montagu in the West, as far as the hamlet of De Rust near Meiringspoort, in the East. The wine culture was established during the eighteenth century in the Kannaland, also known as the Klein Karoo. Casks of heavy brandy accompanied transport wagons on their journey into the interior. Being one of South Africa’s eight wine regions, the Klein Karoo is large in area, but small in production. This is a place of extraordinary vistas, of austere ridges and peaks and lush valleys.

  • Franshoek

The village of Franschhoek (French Corner), tucked into the Cape Winelands of South Africa, is known as the country’s food and wine capital. Galleries and antique shops fill the tree-lined streets, and vineyards established more than 300 years ago cascade over the hills just outside town. Local activities range from wine-tasting tours to trout fishing and hiking. The Huguenot Memorial Museum honors the town’s early settlers, who fled religious persecution in France.

  • Robertson

Robertson is a place that you must visit during your visit to the western cape,It is a beautiful quiet town with great hospitality, good food and great wine. Explore the Robertson Wine Valley, known as the “valley of wine, surrounded by the Langeberg Mountains, beautiful valleys, endless vineyards, and a patchwork of farmlands.

  • Constantia

Groot Constantia is noted for its high quality Shiraz, Merlot and Grand Constance, the celebrated Constantia dessert wine. Its history extends back 300 years to 1685, when the farm land was assigned to Simon van der Stel. One of the oldest South African wine farms, its history is well documented, with carriages on show in the Coach House and the Wine Museum displaying drinking vessels and wine storage methods from days gone by.

  • Swartland

Apart from being a popular wine destination, the Swartland is also one of the major wheat producing areas in South Africa.The vineyards benefit from the constant cool breezes that blow off the Atlantic Ocean, effectively sustaining the many microclimates, while the proximity to mountain ranges adds it own dimension to the physical character of the fruit.

The majority of our top Cape Winelands accommodation is located in the popular regions of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch: choose from intimate guest houses and well-placed hotels in pretty Winelands towns or venture further afield and enjoy a stunning countryside setting on a working wine estate.

Cape Winelands accommodation not only serves up breathtaking views and fantastic local wine but award-winning restaurants, fresh country air and relaxing spa treatments too; from family-friendly estates set on sprawling green lawns to romantic retreats surrounded by vineyards, a stay in the Cape Winelands is a must for everyone.

Cape Winelands accommodation not only serves up breathtaking views and fantastic local wine but award-winning restaurants, fresh country air and relaxing spa treatments too; from family-friendly estates set on sprawling green lawns to romantic retreats surrounded by vineyards, a stay in the Cape Winelands is a must for everyone.