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.
Our mission at Gecko Rock is to offer our visitors an unparalleled outdoor experience in the South African Karoo - one of the most unique natural areas on earth.
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...
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 ...
Caledon Villa embodies warm South African hospitality, culture and history. It is located within walking distance from the heart of historical Stellenbosch, from the vibrant campus of the University and from the peaceful flowing Eerste River.
Big Sky Villa is situated in the heart of Tulbagh town. Walking distance from the Central Business District. Tulbagh is famous for its historic Church Street, breathtaking scenery, wine and olive farms as well as wedding venues.
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.
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 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...
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.
Oude Denneboom offers self catering cottages in the middle of our private game reserve. Oude Denneboom is a working farm in the Voor-Paardeberg wine ward near Paarl, where we grow wine grapes, olives, citrus and wheat.
La Petite Dauphine is a picturesque estate set amongst vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards. This historic working farm offers superior accommodation. Suites are superbly decorated with views over vineyards and the Franschhoek Mountains...
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..
Situated at Grangehurst - a specialist red wine cellar on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. Grange Cottages self catering accommodation offers an ideal base for the holidaymaker to enjoy the beauty and attractions of the Cape Winelands.
Eensgevonden is a beautifully positioned farm, with 360 deg views across the Breede River Valley and the magnificent mountains surrounding it. It is an hour from Cape Town, in the middle of one of the largest wine producing areas and is part of ...
The Church Street Lodge and Conference Center is the perfect venue for medium sized groups that need a quiet venue in center of town for accommodation, conferences, workshops, board meetings, product launches as well as small functions. If you want to fee
Ballinderry is the hidden treasure of Robertson. Located in the heart of the Winlands, this luxury 4 star graded guest house offers Superior Accommodation, champagne breakfast and gourmet dinners. Deluxe honeymoon suite and WIFI-internet available.
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
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 ...
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 ...
Sand River Conservancy lies in the foothills of the Bontberg mountains and offers self catering accommodation in 2 very distinct houses, Sandkop which is very modern and luxurious and the Wagon House which is old, rustic and more basic.