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. 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 area is one of the “pearls” of South Africa’s rural and small-town sub-regions, but disparate with a relatively high and diverse level of development.
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.
Situated within easy reach of Cape Town and famed for producing some of the world’s finest wines, the Cape Winelands delight travellers with their magnificent scenery, fine wines, and mouth-watering meals.
Award-winning wine estates sprawl along slopes covered with lush, green vines and look out onto scenic mountain landscapes.
Quaint little towns filled with characteristic Cape Dutch architecture reflect the region’s French Huguenot influence.
Known as the gourmet capital of South Africa, beautiful Franschhoek boasts fine dining restaurants and excellent patisseries.
Apart from ordinary wine tastings, visitors can sample the area’s delicious chocolate, cheese, and olives.
√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 characterizes this small town.
√With its historical charm, culture, architectural heritage, wine, and one of the most giant solid rocks in the world, Paarl Mountain, Paarl is bursting with breathtaking scenery. It offers the fitter tourist a choice of cycling and nature trails.
√This was the first wine region in South Africa to establish a route along an organized network of wineries.
√Don’t miss out on a scenic drive up Bain’s Kloof Pass. Robertson – the “Garden Town of the Boland”.
√Sample a glass of pinotage, which is a red wine blend unique to South Africa.
Written by: Badmus Mariam