Only 40kms from Cape Town lies a series of gorgeous valleys known as the Cape Winelands, home to a collection of historic towns, quaint hamlets and Cape Dutch homesteads that provide South African wines to the world.
Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl form a large portion of the Cape Winelands, with grape cultivation dating back to the 1600s. Stellenbosch was the first to establish a wine route through the farms and is the 2nd oldest town in South Africa.
Franschhoek, which boasts more than 40 extraordinary wine cellars, is rich in vineyards dating back to the settling of the Huguenots who brought their French wine making skills to South Africa over 300 years ago.
Some of the lesser explored but equally interesting wine regions include the Durbanville, Wellington, Hemel en Aarde, Botriver, Standford, Swartland, Darling, Elgin and Breedekloof winelands.
The Cape is teeming with exceptional wines and popular estates and wine routes.
What To See
- Visit a variety of farms and estates, from small boutique wineries to larger cellars that offer organised tours and tastings
- Dine at the wide variety of internationally acclaimed restaurants throughout the winelands, many of which also offer spectacular views
- Franschhoek is also known as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa owing to its concentration of award-winning restaurants
- Picnics in the many beautiful settings offered are one of the best ways to enjoy lunch on a summers day
- Wine pairings are very popular - wine and chocolate, nougat, cupcakes, pancakes, ice-cream, soup, salt, pizza, biltong, charcuterie…
- The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a fun and unique way of visiting the different wineries in and around the Franschhoek Valley
- The iconic red tour buses operated by City Sightseeing provides visitors to the Cape an opportunity to sample the best the Winelands has to offer
- The magnificent surrounding mountains offer unparalleled opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, cycling, trail running and para-gliding
- The Constantia Winelands are only 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town
Still not sure about what to do or where to stay?
FEATURED CAPE WINELANDS TOURS
3 Day Cape Winelands Gourmet & Wine Experience
A typical Cape Winelands tour combines delicious wines with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture, and awe-inspiring food. There are so many fun and unique ways to explore this region... we have included a bicycle wine and gourmet trip, a full day on the Franschhoek Wine Tram and a historical foodie walking tour in Stellenbosch. While many visitors to Cape Town only include a full day tour of the Winelands, we can recommend spending longer and exploring deeper.
5 Day Winelands & West Coast Wander
Breede River Valley & Paternoster
Everyone knows the Cape Winelands to be the fabulous Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. However for those who have "been there done that" and are looking for something a little more off the regular tourist route this tour offers a combination of 5 of the Western Cape's lesser explored but equally good wine routes, offering many highly acclaimed and award winning wines to sample. Stay in the beautiful historical town of Tulbagh and at the popular seaside village of Paternoster.
11 Day Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger
Cape Town, Franschhoek & Kruger Private Reserves
Spend three nights at a beautiful boutique guest house in the heart of Cape Town and explore all that this amazing city has to offer - scenic natural beauty, fine dining, adventure, night life and activities galore. From here travel to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley to your centrally located hotel and explore the Cape Winelands, tasting the many award winning wines available at over 150 different estates. The trip ends with a safari in the Greater Kruger region, stay at a small and exclusive camp on a private conservancy.
16 Day South Africa Luxury Family Holiday
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Whale Coast, Oudtshoorn & Plettenberg Bay
This family friendly holiday showcases the best that South Africa has to offer and includes some of the top accommodation options, each with unique activities and programs to keep children entertained. A top-notch safari in the Sabi Sands, Cape Town, the Whale Coast and the Garden Route are must see destinations - all included in this luxury package.
11 Day Mzansi Responsible Tourism Self-drive Holiday
Johannesburg, Amakhala Game Reserve, St Francis Bay, Plettenberg Bay & Stellenbosch
In compiling this highlights tour we have selected establishments and businesses who are committed to preserving the precious natural environment and cultural heritage of South Africa and who are dedicated to uplifting local communities. Each accommodation establishment in this tour has Fair Trade accreditation, as do most of the tour operators and recommended activities and excursions.
10 Day Royal South Africa
Thornybush Game Reserve, Cape Town & Franschhoek
A luxury holiday fit for royalty. Royal Malewane is a Big Five safari lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park. Siturated in the trendy Silo District, the Silo Hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design, a tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury. La Residence in Franschhoek is surrounded by views of vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.
FEATURED CAPE WINELANDS ACCOMMODATION
Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel. Situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. You won't want to leave.
La Petite Ferme
On the side of a mountain, overlooking the Franschhoek valley, stands La Petite Ferme, award-winning Restaurant and boutique Winery. Their accommodation is arguably one of the best the Western Cape has to offer. With a variety of suites to suit any traveller, from the family holiday to the couple in need of a luxurious experience.
Leeu House, an exclusive and private 12-room 5 star destination in the scenic Franschhoek valley. An oasis of comfort and luxury, Leeu House’s appeal is its country guesthouse feel on the main street of vibrant Franschhoek village, within easy strolling distance of award-winning restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and many other attractions.