Cape Winelands

Beyerskloof Wine Farm. Photo couretsy Mark Turner

The Cape Winelands region is the source of many legendary Cape wines, the produce of row upon row of grapevines, many of which were first planted hundreds of years ago.

Its classic Cape-Dutch homesteads, mountainous surrounds, grand heritage and sumptuous restaurants have earned the Cape Winelands the right to call itself South Africa’s culinary capital.

Wine estates worth paying a visit to include Neethlingshof, Delheim, Spier, Saxenburg, Welmoed and Delaire, to name just a few.

Vergelegen Winery. Photo courtesy Mister-E

Franschhoek‘s excellent restaurants are renowned at home and abroad. Add stunning mountains, galleries and antique stores to paint a picture of the hospitality that characterises this small town.

With its historical charm, culture, architectural heritage, wine and one of the largest solid rocks in the world, Paarl Mountain, Paarl is bursting with breathtaking scenery and offers the fitter tourist a choice of cycling and nature trails.

Wellington is famous for its dried fruit, wine estates, olive tasting and leather factories. Don’t miss out on a scenic drive up Bain’s Kloof Pass.

Robertson – the “Garden Town of the Boland” – is the largest wine-producing area under irrigation in South Africa. Robertson is famed for its superior wines and some of the country’s top racehorse studs have been raised and trained here.

Apart from a wide choice of wine estate cellars lined with top-class wines, visitors will discover a variety of locally produced cheeses, olives, export-quality fruit and organic produce to sample and buy.

The sheer beauty of the Winelands not only lures photographers and artists to capture its magnificence, it regularly plays host to weddings, conferences and special occasions.

Huguenot Monument. Photo courtesy of South African Tourism

The more active tourist has not been forgotten either. World-class golf courses and numerous cycling, walking and hiking routes abound.

The route to the Winelands region is a 40-minute drive along the N1 from Cape Town to Stellenbosch. Alternatively, follow the N2 to Somerset West and the Helderberg region.

The Cape Winelands is extensive, so it is advisable to use a tourism brochure to find each wine region. Brochures and maps are available at all tourism offices in the region.

Apart from the obvious indulgences, good wine and good food, there is so much more to be enjoyed in this special part of South Africa. We’ve made it a little easier by nominating some attractions for you.

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Six of the best

Potstill brandy and alpacas

Along the Wellington Brandy Route, the historic Cape-Dutch Estate of Oude Wellington produces potstill brandy, triple-distilled grappa and stunning wines. Enjoy fine dining inside the distillery restaurant, or under shady oaks where the alpacas feed.

Image credits for Six of the Best. From top to bottom: 1. Oude Wellington. Photo courtesy Oude Wellington

Getting There

By road

Drive out of Cape Town on the N1 past the Belville and Brackenfell turnoffs. As you approach the vineyards bordering the main road, each region is signposted.

By Air

Fly into Cape Town International airport and follow the road link as mentioned above.

Climate

The Cape Winelands enjoys a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Rain usually falls between May and August. The best time to visit is between September and April.

Towns

  • Franschhoek
  • Paarl
  • Robertson
  • Stellenbosch
  • Pneil
  • Wellington

Contact

Cape Winelands Tourism
Tel: +27 86 126 5263
Fax: +27 21 887 4797
Email: info@capewinelands.gov.za