Posted in Franschhoek on Dec 01, 2015
Whether you are a wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must, as this region is one of fantastic views and majestic mountain backdrops - all the while being steeped in rich culture and history. The endless rolling vineyards and quaint little Cape Dutch homesteads await you, as do all the award-wining wine farms offering some of the country's best wines.
The winelands, which is now divided into various regions, with each region offering their own unique 'wine route' - include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and Paarl.
Without being forgotten, are the highly acclaimed wine estates in the Constantia Valley. These are located in beautiful surroundings + rich countryside with stunning mountain backdrops.
The Constantia Valley boasts some of the oldest estates and homesteads along with award winning wines.
So if you are a wine lover, or just a lover of the outdoors, pack a day bag, invite your friends and head out into the Cape wine lands for an intriguing, fun packed and regal encounter.
Stellenbosch - Wine Routes
The wine farms of Stellenbosch are the closest in distance to Cape Town and are within a 45-minute drive of the city centre. This is the most well known wine region and is home to a variety of cellars- producing some of the country's most acclaimed wines. The town of Stellenbosch is a univeristy town and the oak-lined Dorp Street is home to museums and galleries as well as many student cafes and restaurants.
Franschhoek - Wine Routes
The Franschhoek valley was first settled over 300-years ago by the French Hugenots and the many guesthouses, streetside cafes and award winning restaurants demonstrate a truly French flair. Lying against the backdrop of the majestic Franschhoek and Drakenstein mountains, the town with its picturesque main street showcases antique stores and art galleries rubbing shoulders with bakeries and the chocolaterie.
Paarl & Wellington - Wine Routes
A number of other excellent wine farms can be found slightly further afield in the Paarl and Wellington areas. Once again, the towns are steeped in history and set against beautiful backdrops of mountains and vineyards. Pay a visit to Rhebokskloof and Simonsvlei or simply take a drive and enjoy the scenery.