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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Los Olivos Penthouses are conveniently located in the centre of the village within walking distance of all the local restaurants, galleries and boutiques. It is only a 2 min walk to the Wine Tram and there are supermarkets across the road. Los Olivos offe
Bona Vista is in the heart of the Cape Winelands, which is surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains. It is an active wine and fruit farm with a thoroughbred horse stud.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Casablanca Bed & Breakfast is situated on the slopes of Stellenbosch mountain with a splendid view across Table Mountain in the distance. Mediterranean lifestyle, situated in a quiet neighbourhood in a cul-de-sac, with a ...
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
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 ...
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
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...
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.
Come and escape from the city stress to a place filled with birdsong, where the pace is relaxed and tranquility a high priority! Audrey's Vineyard Cottage & Homestead is on a working grape farm in the scenic Nuy Valley, at the foothills of...