Cape Winelands holidays are one of the best ways to explore South Africa’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage while enjoying award-winning wines and delicious cuisine. Cape Town’s dry and sunny climate makes this location perfect for cultivating wine.
Hop-on-hop-off The Franschhoek Wine Tram on a Cape Town Winelands tour and explore Franschhoek Valley. Many of the region's wineries have been around for centuries so you can spend the day learning about the history of these picturesque vineyards whilst sampling award-winning wines and world-class
cuisine. Including towns, such as Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, this South African wine region offers Cape Dutch architecture, boutique hotels and world-class wine tasting at wine estates that are centuries old. The Cape Winelands region is set amongst a belt of majestic mountains which create a remarkable backdrop and deep valleys filled with vineyards and fruit farms.
A relaxing day filled with wine, cheese and biltong
Take the Franschhoek hop-on-hop-off tram tour and indulge in all that Franschhoek’s vineyards have to offer. Known as the gourmet capital of the country, this is a must for those looking to try some of the best food and wine in South Africa. History lovers will enjoy a visit to Huguenot Memorial Museum, dedicated to the French settlers who arrived at the Cape in the seventeenth century.
The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers beautiful hikes for those looking to immerse themselves in nature or why not take a leisurely day tour sampling wines from each region? Start with wine tasting in Stellenbosch and make your way through to the beauty of Paarl.
A Cape Winelands holiday pairs well with a Cape Town visit. Enjoy vibrant culture, golden beaches and epic views of Table Mountain or embark on an exhilarating drive along the iconic Garden Route. To organise an unforgettable tailor-made Cape Winelands holiday, speak to our Destination Specialists to help you create your perfect South Africa holiday itinerary.
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We have a selection of Cape Winelands tour available, give our Destination Specialists a call to discuss the right ones for you. Some of our most popular options are listed below.
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Wineries and Vineyards
South African wine is famous around the world, and there's plenty of top wine estates and local vineyards for you to discover – many of which offer tastings or tours, and even fine dining, in stunning surroundings. Try the award-winning Groot Constantia, just outside Cape Town, and Spiers Estate, in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, which is also home to a cheetah sanctuary and birds of prey centre – both have excellent restaurants.
The ultimate lunch stop, this stylish, picturesque town is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa. From tapas to tasting menus paired with the locally produced wines, you can dine like a king in Franschhoek's award-winning restaurants and cute pavement cafes. The main street is also home to quaint boutiques, chic hotels and attractive Cape Dutch architecture, served with a side dish of gorgeous valley views.
The historic heart of the Cape Winelands, pretty Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. With its friendly feel, tree-lined streets and charming Cape Dutch buildings, this genteel town is home to wine, gift and antique shops and art galleries, as well as the oldest university in South Africa.
Surrounded by rolling vineyards and mountainous landscape which provides a multitude of varied hiking and mountain biking terrain, visit Paarl for antique shops, beautiful old buildings, and fine wine and cuisine in cosy bistros.
‘Sit back and enjoy a cool, crisp sauvignon blanc paired with an exquisite nine-course tasting menu at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, voted one of the world's 100 best restaurants and one of many award-winning restaurants offering tasting menus in the in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch”
“Check out the Route 44 Market on Sunday in Stellenbosch, popular with the locals for delicious food and live entertainment, depending on the time of year.”
Events & Festivals
With a variety of events and festivals held throughout the year, the South Africa wine region has something for everyone. Here are our top picks.
Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend
The ‘Wacky Wine Weekend’ is a popular event held in June across 40 wineries in the region. There are lots of activities from food and wine tasting to boat cruises on the Breede River, perfect for taking in the scenic setting of the Robertson Wine Valley.
Delheim Wine Estate Jazz & Fondue
Delheim wine estate's popular Jazz & Fondue event runs from June to August in Stellenbosch. If you love wine, warm melted cheesy dip and mellow jazz sounds, this one is for you
Cap Classique Champagne Festival
One for the bubbly lovers, enjoy an array of gastronomic delights presented by local restaurants and an opportunity to taste a range of champagnes from around the world. This annual festival is held in December in Franschhoek.
Paarl Harvest Celebration
A music festival held in March which is suitable for the whole family. Here you can enjoy wine tasting or gourmet pairing session with some of the best chefs and winemakers of the region.
Along with many traditional South African dishes such as Braai, curries and stews, you’ll find freshly baked bread and locally produced cheese and olives, along with many incredible fine dining options.
Probably one of South Africa’s most popular and best-known foods, this delicious cured meat is air-dried and often flavoured with various different spices. A great snack, high in protein, that can be enjoyed any time of day, especially with wine or beer.
The Cape Winelands region offers an array of fabulous restaurants which pair a delicious variety of tapas dishes with local wines. Enjoy fresh seafood, exotic game, vegetarian dishes and more.
Explore a huge range of fresh and locally made cheeses whilst sampling some of the best wines in the country. Dalewood Fromage is an award-winning cheesemaker located close to Paarl, here, you can sample award-winning signature cheeses that are unique to South Africa.
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