Cape Winelands - Western Cape South Africa
The Cape Winelands are a major tourist attraction in South Africa. Infact South
Africa could stand as a tourist attraction on the quality of its wines alone.
Wine production in South Africa dates back to 1659, seven years after Jan van
Riebeeck set up a Dutch base at Table
Bay. An extract from his diary reads "Today praise be to God, wine
was pressed from Cape grapes for the first time."
| This shop allows you to order South African Wine online at really great prices.
The Cape Winelands
Contact Cape Town Tourism for a horse-drawn carriage tour through the
You can stop en-route for refreshments, tours, or tastings at wineries such
as Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia or Buitenverwachting. Don’t forget to
shop at the Old Cape Farm Stall for fresh goods and gourmet foods.
Since this is the oldest and largest route, having the most estates, wineries
and cooperatives as well as wine and cultural museums, allow plenty of time
to explore it – probably a whole week or several weekends. You can buy a map
of the farms on the route from the Information Centre in Stellenbosch.
- Paarl Wineland
For a satisfying experience on the country’s second-oldest
wine-route, try historic Backsberg Estate’s self-conducted tour of
its cellars and brandy pot stills (you’re watched on camera). Or
take a guided tour of the sprawling KWV cellars. Also along the route
are Zandwijk, where South Africa’s only kosher wines are made, and
Fairview farm, known for its cheeses.
with its museums and old churches, is the centre of this off-the-beat-en-track
route, typified by small, family-run wineries. At Bovlei you can have your
own wine label designed and made for you. North of Wellington’ is the lovely
Brian’s Kloof Pass.
- Klein Karoo Wineland
Where else can you see ostriches and vines side by side? Viticulture has
boosted the economy of this hot, arid region between the Langeberg and Swartberg
mountains, and is practised at farms round Oudtshoorn,
Ladismith and Montagu.
Don’t miss the export-quality flagship ports of Boplaas Estate.
- Franschhoek Wineland
The farms of the Vignerons de Franschhoek,
as the producers along this French-influenced wine route are properly known,
lie in a beautiful valley and many have historic homesteads, such as Boschendal,
La Motte and L’Ormarins. If time is short you can taste the
Franschhoek Vineyards Cooperative wines at the wine-tasting centre in
This route covers a triangle that stretches from Villiersdorp in the south
to Woseley and Worcester in the North. It included wineries such as the Brandvlei
and Merwida cooperatives.
Worcester it self has many other attractions in the form of museums and
galleries, and the Karoo National Botanic Garden, just four kilometres outside
The lime-rich soils of the region play an important part in
producing its well-balanced wines, such as those of Van Loveren,
Weltevrede, Zandvliet and the Rooiberg Cooperative. This mountainous
region is traversed by hiking trails best enjoyed in spring. It’s
also famous fro being the birthplace of some of the country’s
greatest racehorses and a nursery for roses.
*Check first to see when the wine farms are open -
some are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
Accommodation in the Cape Winelands
- Amakhulu Central Reservations
offers a very friendly and professional service to book accommodation
in South Africa. She specializes in the Cape Winelands and a word of
warning this woman is overly enthusiastic about this region so dont
end up spending you whole South Africa holiday in the Winelands.
in the Cape Winelands
This website is the best I have yet come across for accommodation in South
Africa. You communicate directly with the accommodation establishment and
the entire booking is carried out online.
Cape Winelands Links