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The Cape Winelands’ Allure

The Cape Winelands’ Allure


While away lazy afternoons sipping on some of the world's finest wines and spend leisurely evenings tantalising your taste buds with culinary masterpieces. Wake up to breathtakingly beautiful scenery and explore of the cultural and historic gems of this world-famous wine region.

The Allure of the Cape Winelands 

South Africa’s top wine producing region and culinary capital – the Cape Winelands is a must-visit on any holiday in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The Cape Winelands is synonymous with the finest the Cape has to offer, from exquisite wines and country-style luxury to stunning scenery, gourmet cuisine and gracious style.

Near Beyerskloof Wine Estate by Poo-tee-weet

Best of Cape Winelands - why it's the finest place in the fair Cape

Breathtaking Scenery - it’s simply beautiful

The Cape Winelands is a breathtakingly scenic region of majestic mountain ranges and fertile valleys dotted with fruit orchards, rolling vineyards and stately homesteads.

The broad valleys of this lush region are surrounded by the towering mountains of the Central Cape Fold Belt (Hottentots Holland Mountains, Franschhoek Mountains and Wemmershoekberg), creating an idyllic rural setting. An unbelievably picturesque area of sweeping valleys and sandstone peaks, it's a nature lover's delight, photographer's dream and artist's paradise.

Stellenbosch vineyards by Tom Kelly

Rich cultural heritage and historic significance

Visit old Cape-Dutch homesteads dating back centuries, to experience graceful hospitality and old-world charm. Encounter the classic Cape-Dutch architecture of historic gabled homes flanked by dramatic mountains. Stroll along beautifully restored streets in quaint historical towns, visiting museums, art galleries, boutiques and monuments.

Wine Estate Manor House by Danie van der Merwe

World-renowned wines - South Africa's best vintages

Home to world-class wine estates, famous for their excellent vintages, the Cape Winelands is said to produce about one billion litres of wine a year. Visit grand estates on guided wine tasting tours with knowledgeable cellar masters and quaff on fine locally produced wines. Learn about viticulture on wine making courses with expert wine makers at some of the country’s best wine estates.

There are 18 official wine routes within the region, including the renowned Route 62 (considered the longest wine route in the world), as well as two brandy routes.

Wines by Jota Brazil

Fine dining – the culinary heart of South Africa

gourmand's heaven, the Cape Winelands features an impressive array of fantastic restaurants and cafes for sumptuous dining and refined wine tasting. Franschhoek is at the apex of the Cape Wineland's culinary fame, known for its fine french-style cuisine and some of the world's best wines. The wine tasting experience is paired with locally produced cheeses, olives, organic produce and export-grade fruits, with Bonnievale and Ceres standing out as top foodie stops.

Figs and cheese by Aquila

Close to Cape Town - ideal weekend getaway

A mere 45-minute drive from Cape Town, the Cape Winelands lie in the Boland region some 50 kilometres (30 miles) northeast of the mother city. In addition to being a coveted holiday destination, the Cape Winelands is also a sought after locale for wedding celebrations, conferences and special events.

The mountainous Boland area, named after the Afrikaans for "top country", is nestled between the middle and upper courses of the Berg and Breede Rivers, 

Towns of the Cape Winelands

The most famous towns visited in the Cape Winelands are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

Stellenbosch by Jota Brazil

Other Towns in the Cape Winelands

  • Barrydale
  • Bonnievale
  • Breedekloof
  • Ceres
  • De Doorns
  • Dwarsrivier
  • Mcgregor
  • Montagu
  • Pneil
  • Rawsonville
  • Robertson
  • Pneil
  • Tulbagh
  • Villiersdorp
  • Wellington
  • Wolseley
  • Worcester

The Cape Winelands Boasts - things to do 

  • world-class golf courses
  • extensive walking and hiking trails
  • numerous events, markets and festivals
  • strawberry picking and honey tasting
  • cheese tasting and chocolate tasting
  • donkey and horse carriage rides in the vineyards
  • picnics beside dams and in vineyards
  • cheetah interactions at an outreach programme
  • fine dining at restaurants, cafes and wine estates
  • shopping in gift shops and boutiques
  • art galleries, amphitheatres and cultural events
  • spa and wellness centres
  • nature and game reserves
  • lion, butterfly and crocodile park
  • natural hot springs in Montague
  • hot air balloon rides over the countryside
  • helicopter flights over the scenic mountains
  • horse riding and mountain biking trails
  • zip line adventures
  • flash food and slow wine pairing
  • diverse geographic and natural features

Stellenbosch by Jota Brazil

When to visit the Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands region, like Cape Town, has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. In the winter moths several of the mountainous peaks become dusted in snow, amplifying the austere beauty of this already gobsmackingly beautiful area.

The best time to visit is in spring and summer, from September to April when the climate is warm and the skies clear.

The Cape Winelands in a Nutshell

Savour world-famous wines, indulge in delectable cuisine and soak up the idyllic scenery, set to take your breath away! The Cape Winelands offers a leisurely escape from the bustle of city life, where visitors can experience the finest cultural, historic and natural highlights of the unforgettably fair Cape!

Winelands by Damien du Toit



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