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.
Val d'Or Estate offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands and Breede River Valley region in the Western Cape. Nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Franschhoek mountains, only a few minutes drive from the village ce
Sand River Conservatory - Wagon House (sleeps 12) offers self catering accommodation in the Ceres and Touws River district in the Cape Winelands and Breede River region of the Western Cape. SRC lies in the foothills of the Bontberg mountains about 230km f
Treat yourself to a night in a luxuriously decorated room within a beautiful idyllic garden setting in the Cape Winelands. The guesthouse is surrounded by romantic Lavender Fields and mountains-meet-vineyard-themed outdoor scenery
Le Ballon Rouge Guest House offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands and Breede River Valley region in the Western Cape. Le Ballon Rouge offers 9 stylish and individually decorated rooms an one "owners suite
6 stylish en-suite rooms offer tea- and coffee making facilities, bar fridge, electric blankets, heaters, hairdryer, alarm clocks, safety deposit box, colour TV with limited dish. telephone, fax and wireless internet available. Off-street parking,...
The farm is 222 hectares with the upper part of the farm reaching into the natural fynbos and proteas of the Western Cape mountains. Other parts of the farm are established to wine grape vineyards, winter crops such as oats and a herd of Angus ...
This charming 1800's self catering farmhouse Hartebesskraal, is nestled at the foot of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains in the heart of the winelands. Situated between Paarl and Franschhoek in Western Cape.
Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve offers a stunning retreat in the countryside. The equipped self catering cottages have shady verandas with mountain water plunge pools, log fireplaces and braai places as well as fresh linen and towels and a supply of fire
The building is a 1928 listed house that was restored in its original Art Deco style. The units are semi self-catering and most have their own lounges.
Experience the pleasure of staying on a wine farm. Soak up the beauty of the surrounding views. Our close proximity to the towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, makes Landskroon an ideal base from which to explore the famed Cape Winelands.
Bertha's Guest Flat 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.
Bonne Esperance Guest Lodge is a charming Victorian Villa in the heart of Stellenbosch with a wrap-around veranda, cast iron mouldings and corner-turret.
Experience rondawel living with all the mod-cons, reed ceilings throughout and surrounded by the famous Montagu mountain ranges.
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...
The Kierie Kwaak Self Catering cottages are situated 4 km outside Stellenbosch on a farm in the beautiful, rustic Jonkershoek valley, which forms part of a World Heritage area.
A mere 5 minute walk from the village of Stellenbosch and the University. 10 stylishly decorated luxurious, en-suite rooms, furnished with beautiful antiques and a touch of Africa. Air-conditioner/heater, satellite television, mini-bar, tea/coffee...
Excelsior Manor Guesthouse offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Robertson in The Breede River Valley and Winelands region of the Western Cape. Grandeur, spaciousness, comfort and serenity - the attributes of a palace, however large or humble the size
22 Van Wijk Street Tourism Accommodation provides room only accommodation in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands and Breede River region in the Western Cape. Four lovely rooms in a pre-1910 house right in the center of Franschhoek. Two Double bed rooms, a D