Cape Winelands Travel Guide
Wellington, South Africa © Andresdewet
The extensive and verdant beauty of the Winelands region is one of the Cape's most alluring attractions. No visit to Cape Town would be complete without taking time to explore at least one of the 13 wine routes in and around the city.
Rugged, blue-tinged mountains surround the green valleys dotted with charming, historic towns among vineyards and olive groves. Visitors can admire traditional Cape Dutch architecture, sip world-class wines and soak up the rich cultural and historical heritage.
Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are the most well-known wine-producing valleys in the region, situated within easy reach of each other, while the oldest wine farm in South Africa, Groot Constantia, is located within the Mother City itself.
Groot Constantia is part of the tiny Constantia wine route, in an area developed by Simon van der Stel in the late 1600s. Other smaller wine routes include Worcester, Tulbagh, Wellington, and Somerset West. With a selection of more than 200 cellars from which to choose, the Cape Winelands boast some of the finest wines in the world, and the routes also provide stunning natural scenery.
In addition to savouring the fruits of the vine, visitors can sample superb culinary fare at some of the finest restaurants in the country, browse the art galleries and local craft shops, visit historic monuments and museums, and partake in an array of activities including hikes, horse riding, fly fishing, golf, and paragliding.
Food and wine festivals take place throughout the year and are a great introduction to the bewitching charms of the region.