The Cape Winelands is a beautiful region of picturesque mountains and fertile valleys – ideal for producing wine. Home to many world renowned South Africa wine estates, The Cape Winelands are located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, under and hours drive away from Cape Town. There are said to be over 200 wine cellars in the region, giving plenty of choice when it comes to sampling!
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Stellenbosch Wine Region
The Stellenbosch Wine Region is probably the best known wine producing region in The Cape Winelands. It was the first region to set up a wine route back in the early 1970s. There are many great wine estates to visit in the region including: Spier, Zevenwacht, and Zorgvliet. The town of Stellenbosch was founded by Simon van Der Stel in 1679, and is the second oldest town in South Africa. The heritage of the town has been preserved well, with many of the original historical buildings still in existence along the oak lined avenues. If you are interested in the history of the region there are several museums and monuments in the town.
Franschhoek Wine Region
Founded over 300 years ago by French Calvinists, The Franschhoek Wine Region is surrounded by the Franchhoek, and the Drakenstein mountains. The Franschhoek Wine Region is home to some of South Africa’s best restaurants such as The Monneaux at Franschhoek Country House and Le Quartier Francais, which are well worth a visit. There are many wine farms in the region including: Rupert & de Rothschild Vignerons, La Petite Ferme, Grande Provence Wine Estate and Freedom Hill wines.
Hermanus Wine Region
The Hermanus Wine Region has 45 wine estates. The best place to try all the local wines (as well as cheese and olives) is the annual Hermanus Wine and Food Fair, where all the local producers showcase their wonderful wines and cuisine. Hermanus is one of the best locations in the world to do whale watching. For the more adventurous there is the opportunity to dive with great white sharks.
World famous wines, magnificent scenery, and a rich cultural heritage make The Cape Winelands a great destination for your holiday to South Africa.