The Cape Winelands is an area of exquisite beauty only 45 minutes from Cape Town. It contains some of the most charming towns and villages in South Africa: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Tulbagh. Here rocky mountains overlook green vineyards and oak avenues lead to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates.
Indeed the main pleasure of the Cape Winelands is the enjoyment of the good life. Appreciating the wine and the Cape Dutch architecture, and enjoying lazy meals in their excellent restaurants. Browsing in shops and art galleries or taking scenic drives or walks in the mountains. This corner of South Africa is not somewhere to be hurried. You can visit the Winelands for the day from Cape Town but those in the know set aside at least two or three nights in order to savour the area.
Things to do in the Cape Winelands
- Explore the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch. This bustling university town offers a stunning mountain backdrop, interesting boutiques and white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads. All blending in tranquil harmony. Visit the Settler Museum, the Rupert Museum and enjoy a brandy tasting at Van Ryn’s distillery.
- Soak up the rural charm of the Huguenot settlement of Franschhoek, the foodie capital of South Africa. Enjoy its excellent restaurants, galleries, boutiques and the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
- Enjoy wine-tasting at some of the many wine estates, perhaps taking a Cellar tour as well. The new Franschhoek Wine Tram makes for a novel form of transport for visiting the wine estates.
- Relax over a delicious lunch and then meander through the gardens of Babylonstoren, reminiscent of Villandry in France
- Watch champagne bottles opened by sword at Haute Cabriere Wine Estate
- Check out active options such as mountain biking, hiking and horse trails through the vineyards of the Cape Winelands
- Experience world-class golf at Erinvale, De Zalze, Pearl Valley amongst others
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