Located a stone's throw away from central Cape Town, you'll find a corner of paradise for wine lovers accented with fine dining and exclusive luxury activities. Settle into nature and follow one of the many wine routes famous in this region. Enjoy premium local wine on a luxury holiday in the Cape Winelands.
Rolling green hills showcase countless vines set in tidy rows, inviting you to explore your wine palate and appreciate the subtle flavours of the grapes grown here. A world away from the cosmopolitan capital of Johannesburg, a getaway to the pretty Cape Winelands is a welcome way to relax among the impressive landscapes of South Africa. A leading contender in the world of wine production, the Cape Winelands are the oldest region for wine-making outside of Europe. The main wine-producing areas range from the French influenced Franschhoek to the opulent avenues of Stellenbosch. Other routes include Paarl, Wellington and Constantia.
Explore the world of South African delicate whites and bold reds on one of our many wine routes, where you can stop off at various estates for wine-tasting and exclusive tours. Beyond the beckoning wine trail, there are plenty of activities available to you during your stay, such as hiking, cycling and horse-riding. You can also enjoy visits to art galleries, vintage stores, fine dining restaurants and luxury hotels. Of course, there is also the option of coupling your wine tour with an adventure safari – a true bucket list item to kick off your list. Try a trip to the Cape Winelands and wine, dine, and safari your way through South Africa.
With a warm, balmy climate similar to the Mediterranean, the Cape Winelands are ideal for cultivating wine. Vines are lush with growth and the stunning surroundings of mountains and valleys frame the wine-estates.
Each season brings something to look forward to, such as an alfresco lunch with a cool glass of wine in the summer sun, or a cosy winter escape near a crackling fire with a glass of red. With year-round appeal, the choice of when to visit depends on other areas you are also likely to visit.
Dining on a wine tour is all part of the experience, and there are plenty of options for you here. Expect to find plenty of gourmet cuisine, of both international and local dishes. However, if you’re all about the wine, you’ll find the Franschhoek wine route has a strong French influence, and you must try its star product – the sparkling “Cap Classique”.
The Constantia Wine Route showcases impressive wine farms dating back to the 1650s. You'll find premier Sauvignon Blancs, rich reds and the famed Constantia dessert wine.
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