It’s hard to imagine that within a 15 minute drive of leaving the bustling Waterfront area, you could stumble upon a leafy valley of rolling hills and vineyards, meandering through historic wine estates and ancient brooks that seems untouched since the Cape’s first settlers.
Welcome to the Cape Winelands - South Africa's main wine-producing region; spread around the picturesque hamlets of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
Stellenbosch is an academic and cultural hub with art galleries, museums, and heritage architecture. It is also South Africa's second oldest town, famous for its oak lined avenues reminiscent of the Cape Dutch flavour.
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.
Set against the towering Helderberg Mountains lies the quaint Franschhoek. Influenced by the French Huguenots who settled here more than 300 years ago, today, it’s the nation's gourmet capital, boasting award-winning restaurants, world-famous wine estates, and legendary hospitality. Have lunch at one of the wayside bistros; or arrange to have a picnic made up for you, to relish beside a quiet stream.
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.
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