To the East of Cape Town surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains are the Cape Winelands. Dotted about in the fertile lush green valleys of the region are the vineyards of the Western Cape, the towns and villages everyday words to wine connoisseurs throughout the world. Here you will find Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and many other world famous names. French Huguenots brought the art of wine-making to the Cape in the late 17th Century and it was here that the first experiments into finding out the best cultivars were carried out.
There are a number of tours that have been set up for the visitor to sample the superb wines of the Cape Winelands, to view the homesteads that have been handed down from generation to generation and to witness the wine-making process. The Cape Winelands are bordered by the Hottentots Holland, the Franschhoek mountains and in the North by the Wemmershoekberg. The former two mountain ranges form part of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and the only way to see this reserve is to hike through it on the Boland Hiking Trail. Shorter hiking trails are available in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve just east of Stellenbosch. This mountain reserve harbours one of the richest and most diverse populations of indigenous wildflowers in the world, and it is known that there are more than 35 threatened species in the region. The dominant vegetation in the reserve is fynbbos with patches of the original forest dotted about on the upper slopes. Leopard, caracal and genet have been seen in the area.
Butterfly World, just off the N1 on the R44, is well worth a visit, especially for the kids.
Franschhoek was originally known as the French Quarter or le Quartier Francais as it was in this region that the original Huguenots settled to escape religious persecution in Europe. The town has now become known as the food and wine capital of the Western Cape, and visitors flock here from all over the world to sample its products. The town houses a Huguenot Monument and museum.
Paarl in the Cape Winelands is known as the Pearl of South Africa and gets its name from the vast round granite rocks at the summit of the mountain overlooking the town, where Die Afrikaanse Taalmonument is located. The name Peerleberg or pearly mountain was give to the berg by Abraham Gabbema in 1657 because of the way the mountain glittered in the sunlight after a shower. The town was established in 1720 with the building of the first church. The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum houses the press where the newspaper de Zuid-Afrikaan was once printed.
The Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, and was founded in 1679. The town is famous for its wines, its university and its Cape Dutch architecture which can be seen in its many historic buildings, such as those found at the Burgerhuis Museum. The town is also known as Eikestad (Oak Town) because of its numerous oak trees. The university has produced six South African prime ministers and several Springbok rugby captains. Stellenbosch houses a Brandy Museum where many examples of old brandy stills can be seen. A food and wine festival is held here in the last week of October each year. Musical concerts play every summer at the Spier Summer Festival.
The town of Wellington in the Cape Winelands region lies in a valley known as Val du Charron, or Valley of the Wagon Makers after the trade of many of the early French Huguenots who settled in the area at the end of the 17th Century. There are several excellent wine cellars in the Wellington area where the visitor can enjoy wine tasting. Wellington offers the visitor a magical and captivating atmosphere and friendly people. Wellington was originally named Limiet Vallei or the Frontier Valley, but the name was changed in 1840 in honour of the Duke of Wellington and his defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. There are several cellars in the area that offer wine tasting.
Just imagine, endless golf venues, big 5 game viewing, wine and cheese picnic tours, fly fishing, table mountain and then relaxing at Rendez-Vous de Golf in the cool water of it's salt water pool, sipping a glass or two of the best Cape wines all combined
Millstream guesthouse is centrally situated in the historic town of Stellenbosch, which itself is nestled in a tranquil mountain setting in the heart of the Cape winelands. We are located just around the corner from the town information centre ...
Bona Vista is in the heart of the Cape Winelands, which is surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains. It is an active wine and fruit farm with a thoroughbred horse stud.
Ibis and Heron cottages are ideal for a relaxing few days or a family holiday. Also perfect for groups of up to 12 people.
5 Konings Accommodation in Paarl offers relaxing accommodation in four stylishly decorated rooms. Three of the rooms with en-suite bathrooms have double volume ceilings and double doors opening onto the garden. The rooms offer comfortable queen...
Petit & Grande Plaisir self-catering cottages lies in the quaint little town of Franschhoek, a fine wine and dining hotspot and one of South Africa's truly beautiful localities. There is so much to see and do, that it's best if you don't rush your stay...
This charming 1800's self catering farmhouse Hartebesskraa,l is nestled at the foot of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains in the heart of the winelands. Situated between Paarl and Franschhoek in western Cape.
Stellenboschfontein is a farm situated on the foothill of Stellenbosch Mountain with a fresh water spring, overlooking the Blaauwklippen Valley with breathtaking views. Stellenboschfontein offers 5 self catering units
Our Cape Thatch Garden Cottages and Georgian Cottages offer 13 self-catering cottages, double and twin beds shower or bath on-suites fully equipped kitchenettes in magnificent gardens with a library, restaurant and swimming pool
Asher Riverside Cottages offers the perfect location for a relaxing family farm break-away or holiday. Asher Riverside Cottages have 4 private self-catering cottages beautifully situated amongst the vineyards on the bank of the Breede River over..
Peace and tranquility awaits at this luxurious and romantic wine and fruit estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa. Lying at the foot of the Historic Bains Kloof pass majestic mountains encircle the retreat creating a stunning...
At River Edge you are surrounded by mountains that turn pink at sunset, vineyards stretching to the horizon, fynbos alive with small wildlife, and the Breede River on your doorstep...
Montvue offers self catering units which includes a light breakfast - luxury breakfast available on request. All our bedrooms are en-suite and each unit has a kitchenette equipped with micro wave, fridge, breakfast nook and other necessities. Safe...
Situated high on the western slopes of the Helderberg Mountain amongst the vineyards, within walking distance of 2 wineries, Vinehill is proud to offer 2 secure, luxury, self-catering units.
The cottage consists of a main unit, and an outside flatlet, separated by a gardened courtyard. The main unit can accommodate 4 persons, two downstairs (extra length king size bed), and two upstairs (two 3/4 beds), en-suite. The flatlet has a ...
Ladera-vista is nestled against Paarlberg offering panoramic views of the Paarl Valley and the Drakenstein Mountains. Five self-catering units in a rustic, country atmosphere that indulges the senses and rejuvenates even the most weary of minds.
Natte Valleij is one of the most beautiful farms in the area. We offer accommodation in two self-catering cottages (Vineyards and Cellar cottages), and a B&B unit.
Le Ballon Rouge offers 9 stylish and individually decorated rooms an one "owners suite". The former loft has been turned into 2 penthouse suites with the most incredible views of the Franschhoek mountains. Furthermore a private deck was added to ...
Set into one of the fertile corners of the beautiful Ceres Valley lies Eselfontein Farm, waiting to be explored and enjoyed. It is the oldest farmstead in the valley, and its obvious why the early pioneers settled here.
Span Spek se Plek is a working farm where there are lots of places to picnic, walk, climb and mountain bike. There are dams to swim and fish in. We always hope our guests will have time to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures that the farm offers.