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.
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 ...
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...
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.
Tweespruit is situated on 40 hectares of privately owned land between the 2 famous golf courses in Paarl. Our comfortable cozy Self Catering cottage offers you all necessities...
Elize's Self catering units are situated in Worcester, Western cape. There are two flats available.
the Milkshed The spacious self catering cottage can accommodate seven adults with comfort and ease.There are three double en-suite bedrooms, two with bath and shower facilities and the third a bath only. Situate din Tulbagh, Western Cape.
Badensfontein(Situated only 5km outside Montagu) has four fully equipped, luxury, self catering cottages and a lovely camping site for those seeking a close-to-nature experience.
Perle Unter Der Sonne is a modern self-catering house situated on the main road in Paarl, in the Western Cape. Perfect for a family or friends looking for comfortable lodging, close to an array of attractions within the Cape Winelands.
Boesmansdrift, where you can experience your dreams of a country life, and the friendliness of the Bonnievale community! Relax in our fully furnished self-catering farm house, (which sleeps 8), nestled along the Breede River...
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.
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
Step inside a space created and styled to achieve the perfect balance of timeless luxury and comfort. Filled with sultry designer accessories to energise and welcome you after a long day of 'Live, Work and Play'.
Bertha's Place is a charming, fully equipped, self-catering flat in the heart of historical Stellenbosch. It sleeps one to four people. It consists of two bedrooms, a large sitting/dining room and a stoep and garden.
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.
Alba House lies below the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve for drives, walks and hikes, visit indigenous garden, second largest granite boulder in the world. Climb on top for unforgettable view of Table Mountain, Cape Town, the Boland area of the Winela
Choose from 6 charmingly decorated units sleeping 1 to 6 people with private entrances and off street parking. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioners and tea and coffee making facilities. The guest lounge and dining ...
Situated fifteen kilometres from the pretty Boland village of Robertson and nestled in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, the PAT BUSCH Private Nature Reserve is only one and a half hours scenic drive from Cape Town. A world in one valley...
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.
Het Logement is an upmarket, self-catering apartment situated in a small block of flats, called Meulstroom in Stellenbosch. It is surrounded by historical houses, centrally situated yet in a quiet area..
Heuwelsig Cottages is situated on a working wine farm, surrounded by lush vineyard, orchards and scenic landscapes, just 5 km from the well-known village of Franschhoek, about an hours drive from Cape Town.