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.
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.
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...
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.
Big Sky Cottages is a mere hour drive from Cape Town and offers modern self-catering semi-detached cottages on the foothills of the Mostertshoek Mountain between Wolseley and Ceres, overlooking the beautiful Buchu lands with breathtaking views of the vall
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.
Hamlin Country Cottage is a spacious three bedroomed self catering establishment situated in Paarl and close to KWV Cellar, Nederburg Wines, and Fairview Winery & Cheese.
Smiths @ Casa De Molteno, this cottage is a rustic, fully furnished, two-bedroom holiday with a stunning mountain-view located on the R304 just 4km's from Stellenbosch, South Africa.
We invite you to share our tranquil, secure and comfortable home, on a small Cape/English lifestyle farm, situated 10 minutes from historic Stellenbosch, in the Blaauwklippen valley surrounded by the majestic Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains.
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 ...
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.
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...
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.
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
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
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...
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.
Whether you are looking for adventure or simply a break away from the city, let White Bridge Farm be your choice of destination. Situated between the R46 and the R43, we are well positioned to visit either Tulbagh, Wolseley or Ceres. We will guarantee tha
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 ...
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.
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.