On the east side of Cape Town, about 40kms out, lying in the silhouette of a continuous belt of Cape fold mountains, lies a sequence of magnificent valleys known as the Cape Winelands – a collection of historic towns, little hamlets and Cape Dutch farmsteads that provide well-regarded South African wines to the world. With an incredible scenic backdrop for a myriad of vines, their geological compositions provide unique soil conditions that directly influence the character of wine.
Forming the backbone of the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Tulbagh, and Wellington wine routes represent hundreds of wine and grape producers. These valleys offer the oldest grape cultivation dating back to the 1600s and is known as the largest winemaking region in the country.
With over 200 wine and grape producers in the Stellenbosch region, one of the first regions to establish a formal route among the wineries, the route has become one of the country’s 6 most popular tourist destinations. Many of the historical wine farms are decorated with beautiful Cape Dutch manor houses, gardens, hotels, and fine-dining restaurants.
Tours through the Cape Winelands include world-class wineries where some of the most unique food and wine pairings are offered, the country’s best restaurants, and outdoor activities like hiking and MTB routes.
Wine tasting is an utterly charming way to while away the weekend when paired with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth; it becomes one of Cape Town’s most beloved activities for visitors and locals alike.
Our top accommodation spots in the Cape Winelands
La Residence – Read more
La Residence is situated in the Franschhoek Valley on a 30-acre estate filled with vines, fruit trees, flowers and herbs. It is a romantic and indulgent paradise whose magnificent interior is filled with rich fabrics, wonderful artwork and antique furniture.
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard – Read more
Welcome to Mont Rochelle, a stunning 26 bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in South Africa. Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town in the Western Cape Province famously known as the French Corner of the Cape and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa.
La Cotte Farm – Read more
La Cotte Farm is uniquely situated a stone’s throw from the charming village of Franschhoek. It offers close proximity to the fun and bustle of the main street with all the quiet, privacy and rural charm of a working wine farm.
The Last Word Franschhoek – Read more
French Provençal living awaits at this 5 star hotel. Eight superior double rooms and two pool suites provide guests with private retreats, complemented by elegantly designed public areas including a pool and courtyard. A blissful existence. Reflecting nuances of Cape Huguenot heritage, The Last Word Franschhoek has been a consecutive finalist in the World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel.
Spier Hotel – Read more
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. Our 153 rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool.
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa – Read more
Situated on one of Franschhoek’s original country retreats about 20km from Stellenbosch and Paarl, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa, a multiple award winning establishment, has captured the essence of five star luxury with postcard views of the Franschhoek Mountains, streams, vineyards and orchards, a perfect setting for sampling contemporary Cape Dutch charm.