The Cape Winelands
Interactive Map of Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
The Cape Winelands
Winelands Region samples the best that the Cape has to offer,
with naturally beautiful landscapes,
a rich cultural heritage and a magnificent backdrop of majestic
mountains - plus,
some of the world's best wines!
A 45-minute drive from Cape Town brings you to this beautiful area,
where traditional gabled homesteads can be seen amongst lush vineyards
that turn golden-red in autumn. The hospitality, beauty and history
that surround Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek will
certainly capture your heart.
Walk down the oak-lined
streets of Stellenbosch, the second-oldest town in South Africa.
The history of the country lives on within the old Cape Dutch, Georgian
and Victorian style houses seen in every town. The Huguenot Memorial
in Franschhoek and the Afrikaans Language Museum in Paarl, not to
mention the diversity of fine museums offer a fascinating glimpse
into the colourful past of this area.
The superb wines produced in the Winelands are renowned worldwide.
Choose between small, exclusive wine boutiques and larger commercial
wine estates. Formal wine tastings are available at many of the wine
farms. Let the vintner's fruit delight your taste buds while inhaling
the crisp country air of these fairy-tale surroundings, or accompany
the winemaker on a tour through his cellar, where his knowledge and
passion transform the season's harvest into fabulous wines to delight
every wine lover.
A popular way of discovering the joys of South African wines is on a day trip from Cape Town - either self-drive or on an organised excursion by a local travel organiser. Devotees of the grape however can spend several days - weeks if they wish - finding out about the subtle differences between the various types, there are so many estates to visit. In all, there are 13 wine routes to explore - and 2,000 varieties of wine to sample!
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