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.
Mooi Bly offers five well-appointed, charming thatched cottages that can sleep up to six people, situated in a big garden with a swimming pool. They are fully equipped, serviced, have private verandas with barbecue facilities and a magnificent view of the
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.
Eendracht was erected on the sixth oldest site in Stellenbosch, next to the Village Museum that consists of the four oldest houses in Stellenbosch and forms the core of the historic town.
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 ...
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.
Excelsior Manor Guesthouse is a farmhouse that has been restored to its former glory and now has nine luxury en suite bedrooms prepared for the guest lodge. The large garden offers many old trees, roses and even a rose maze.
Stellenbosch Apartment is a two bedroom self catering apartment close to the historic town centre of Stellenbosch. Is is on the ground floor of a small apartment block and has a beautiful private garden with braai/barbeque facilities. Airport ...
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.
A warm-hearted villa in the centre of historic Stellenbosch. This elegant renovated 1920's villa offers a serene retreat within easy walking distance of the diverse attractions this vibrant University town offers.
Eikelaan Farm Cottage. On offer at this neat working farm with wheat, vines, olives, sheep and cattle are 3 luxury self-catering cottages all fronted by an open vista of green fields merging into blue mountains - an appealing contrast of the soft...
Zorgvliet's warm and welcoming country lodge caters for the needs of every individual with exceptional attention to detail. This lodge offers guests an opportunity to truly experience the unique personality of the Stellenbosch winelands, from serv...
Farview Cottage is situated on our smallholding in the vineyards. It has beautiful views of the Helderberg, Stellenbosch and Hottentots Holland Mountains.
Majestic 1923 Cape Dutch style manor house situated in the peaceful and historic part of town. Walking distance from the CBD; KWV Brandy Cellar and main Route 62 to Garden Route. Property with lots of character and oregan / Burmese teak interior...
At Rosenview Guest House on a working wine farm outside Stellenbosch which nestles in the shadow of the Helderberg mountains. The nearest beach is 11 km away, 5 golf courses 10 km, Cape Town only 45 km.
Pearl Valley Golf Estate in Franschhoek, is conveniently situated, offering visitors a short travelling distance to both the busy and trendy Cape Town central but similarly close enough to the lavish regional winelands.
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.
We have four self catering cottages on the property which can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests. They are fully equipped with bedding, towels, cutlery and crockery. Children of all ages are welcome. As we are a self catering establishment, with ...
Nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Franschhoek mountains, only a few minutes' drive from the village centre, is a beautiful boutique guest house known for its warm welcome, tangible tranquility and ambience geared to your comfort.
Dreamcatcher sleeps up to 6 people, but whether you rent one, two or three bedrooms, the whole house is at all times exclusively yours!