Cape Winelands Holiday

Beautiful Vineyards and Award-Winning Restaurants

Cape Winelands Map

On departing Cape Town and heading just 40 minutes into the Cape Winelands, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve arrived in the scenic Bordeaux region of France. Vineyards stretch in all directions, the leaves either a crisp green or red tinged with yellow (depending on the season); and purple-tinged mountains frame the valleys.

But the Cape Winelands are distinctly South African. Century-old Cape Dutch manor houses form part of many the estates, each bringing with them a heritage stretching back to the early 1600s when settlers first arrived in the Cape, plus unique experiences (wine-tasting cycling expeditions and leisurely tram tours anyone?) add to the ambience.

The Winelands are pegged by three main towns – Stellenbosch, famously a university-town and filled with pretty oak-lined avenues, Paarl, situated under the Paarl Rock mountain and well known for its robust, hearty red wines, and Franschhoek, the upmarket Huguenot village dotted with gorgeous vineyards, food and wine-tasting opportunities and a town square.

The Cape Winelands, however – even though they are filled to the brim with internationally award-winning estates and wines – are also well known for their excellent restaurants, spas, markets and gardens. Come to visit!

When to Go:

The Cape Winelands are worth a visit all year round. While the look of the vines may differ (green leaves in the height of summer, and red and yellow-tinged ones at the turn of the season), the wine-tasting, cuisine and spa treatments remain incredible. December through February is particularly hot though and can reach temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius.

highlights

Discover the vineyards of Franschhoek by tram with eight hop-on hop-off lines to choose from.

Take a garden tour, enjoy a wine tasting, or stay over in a renovated farm building at Babylonstoren.

Explore Spier’s fascinating history, immerse yourself in nature and encounter extraordinary artwork.

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