Somerset West

Central for easy access both to the wine estates of Stellenbosch and to the beaches and whale-watching along the beautiful False Bay coastline.


September to April


Somerset West is in the southern part of the Cape Winelands, close to the beaches of the False Bay. Here you have easy access to the wine estates of Stellenbosch and Somerset West. But you are also close to the beaches and whale-watching around Hermanus.  So it's an ideal base to explore both the Winelands and the Whale Coast.

Visit the historic Vergelegen Homestead & Wine Estate, especially if you are interested in the history of the Cape. This was the country house of the first Governor of the Cape, Willem Adrian van der Stel. (It was also partly the cause of his fall from grace.) This elegant and tranquil estate has the original Cape homestead, lovely gardens, an excellent restaurant for lunch as well as wine-tasting. It also has a state-of-the-art cellar tour.

Or enjoy wine and chocolate pairing at nearby Lourensford. Somerset West is also known for its golfing options with Erinvale Golf Course and De Zalze Golf course close-by.

One of the other attractions of the southern Winelands is that you can use it easily as a base to also visit other nearby regions such as the Elgin fruit and wine area, or even the Whale Coast with Hermanus being only an hours' drive away.

Wine & chocolate pariing at Lourensford, Somerset West


Why you may love it

  • Vergelegen Wine Estate & Homestead
  • Wine and chocolate pairing at Lourensford Wine Estate
  • Olive oil tasting at Morgenster Estate
  • Sustainable ‘green’ wine farming in the nearby Elgin Valley
  • Whale-watching off the False Bay coast and visit Hermanus
  • Visits the penguins at Bettys Bay via the beautiful coastal road

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