Cape Winelands

A number of unique wine routes comprise the Cape Winelands, most of them within a few hours travel from central Cape Town

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The third oldest settlement in South Africa, Paarl is steeped in history, culture, natural splendour and a centuries-old tradition of winemaking. Paarl, Western Cape is just over an hour’ drive from the Cape Town city centre. In 1657, Abraham Gabemma set out from the Cape in search of resources. On his journey he came across a giant granite rock gleaming…

Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys, just about an hour from Cape Town. The valley is characterised by rolling vineyards and fields and is encircled almost entirely by scenic mountains. To this day, the village has kept a certain boho French chic. In July, it becomes almost entirely French when it hosts Bastille Day festivities,…

The Franschhoek Valley, located just over an hour from Cape Town, is a place of picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year French Huguenot history. FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM With just one day to experience Franschhoek, the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour ( is one of the best ways to discover the true…

If you’re looking for break with the youngsters and don’t want to lose out on quality and experience, Spier Wine Farm should be one of your first stops. My four-year-old son is looking more serious than usual as he eyes the glass of red liquid in front of him. He raises it to his lips, takes a sip and swallows.

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is not only one of the most beautiful farms in the country, boasting a world-class hotel, two fantastic restaurants, an excellent conferencing centre and award-winning wines, it also leads the way in terms of sustainable and ethical farming. There was a time when Spier was considered to be a little too commercial. But the…

Franschhoek is highly regarded for its wines – particularly MCCs, or Methode Cap Classique, of which there are 17 producers in the valley – and its food, boasting some of the best restaurants in the Western Cape. Combined with its exquisite natural beauty, no wonder it is a preferred destination for weddings. The quaint village is filled with pavement cafes,…

Leave the stress of modern life, and your car, behind when you take a trip on the charming Franschhoek Wine Tram. Journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

At 22 DIE LAAN luxury meets the most modern facilities, enabling you to completely relax in this home-away-from-home.

Aan Dorpstraat is located in a university town set in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Rolling hills cradle this quaint piece of history with vineyards stretching into the distance more often than not.

Enjoy fun for the whole family at ATKV Goudini Spa. Known for its amazing natural hot springs, Goudini Spa has a host of entertainment and activities for all ages, ranging from waterslides, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, trampolines, mini-golf, hiking trails, horse rides, tennis, volleyball, pool tables and a game arcade.

Bartholomeus Klip is located beneath the mountains in the scenic Riebeek Valley, just over an hour from Cape Town and a mere 15 minute drive from the quaint town of Wellington.

Find the perfect balance between homely accommodation, comfort and quality service at the Baruch Guesthouse.

Inspired by nature and the surrounding verdant countryside of Stellenbosch, Die Bergkelder is home to the esteemed Fleur Du Cap wines. Its name meaning “cellar in the mountan” in Afrikaans, these superb, handcrafted vintages are created by a dedicated team that are well-versed in capturing the high quality of the region’s grapes.

This “foefieslide” adventure is situated in the lovely mountains surrounding the Ceres Valley. The zipline experience is a mere 1½ hours’ drive from Cape Town and is the perfect breakaway from the hectic city life! 

Whether you’re looking for that picture-perfect wedding venue in the Winelands or a professional conference venue, d’Olyfboom Family Estate offers professional accommodation and services from their beautiful estate in Paarl. Set to a backdrop of purple-hued mountains and surrounded by vineyards and historical buildings, d’Olyfboom is a piece of paradise.

De Oude Drostdy is found in the beautiful countryside of Tulbagh, where you are invited to indulge in only the finest wines from the cellar while relaxing on the manor house veranda. Once you’ve finished admiring the gorgeous gardens, you will also be able to visit the intrigue and history of the museum.

Excelsior Manor Guesthouse provides 4-star accommodation in Robertson. Located in the verdant countryside of the Robertson Wine Valley, this estate is a wine connoisseur’s dream.

Just one hour outside Cape Town, the Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve is the closest wildlife lodge in the Cape to the city centre. Stay in either standard or luxury chalets and fall in love with an authentic safari experience.

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