Your Cape Winelands adventure begins in Stellenbosch, just a short drive from Cape Town. This charming town is not only famous for its prestigious university but also for its vineyards that have been producing wine for over three centuries. The Stellenbosch Wine Route will take you on a journey through lush vineyards, historic cellars, and tasting rooms offering a wide range of varietals. Be sure to explore the town’s oak-lined streets and enjoy a meal at one of its renowned restaurants. Beyond the wines, the landscapes in the Cape Winelands are breathtaking. Enjoy panoramic views of vine-covered valleys, majestic mountains, and lush gardens as you sip on your favorite vintages and partake of some of the finest cuisine in the country.
A scenic drive from Stellenbosch will lead you to Franschhoek, known as the “French Corner” of the Cape Winelands. The Huguenots, French Protestant refugees, settled here in the 17th century and brought their winemaking expertise with them. Today, this picturesque valley is home to some of South Africa’s most celebrated wineries. Don’t miss the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience, a unique way to hop between the various vineyards while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Paarl, with its iconic granite mountain, is another must-visit in the Winelands. The Paarl Wine Route offers a diverse range of wines, from robust reds to crisp whites. Many estates in Paarl also offer delightful picnics amidst the vineyards, allowing you to savor the wine while soaking in the tranquil surroundings.
With its stunning landscapes, historic estates, and exceptional wines, this corner of South Africa will capture your heart and palate, leaving you with unforgettable memories of a truly exceptional journey. So, raise your glass and toast to the beauty and flavors of the Winelands – a memorable treasure waiting to be discovered by every visitor.