Just an hour or so’s drive west of Cape Town, you can easily visit the Cape Winelands in a day. But, to make the most of the vine-woven valleys, we recommend a few nights minimum.
The Cape Winelands will not only surprise you, but the verdant hills, distant mountains, and world-class wines will steal your heart. Cosy countryside living interrupted with spots of fynbos, and idyllic towns nearby, make the Winelands a must-see South African wonder. To name a few, the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl will satisfy your palate with their restaurants and please your inner tourist with endless streets and shops to marvel at. Here, you’ll taste some of the best wines coming from the largest number of fairtrade wineries in the world.
Must-see wine routes: Constantia, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Worcester, Breedekloof, Robertson, and Tulbagh.
Take a hop-on hop-off tour on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
Taste the pinnacle of quality wine at various wine farms included in the best wine tours.
See the Winelands from above: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Dutoitskop, Elandspad, Limietberg, and the La Motte hiking trails.
Feast at Blaauwklippen, Stellenbosch Organic Farmers Market, Stellenbosch Slow Market, and Franschhoek Village Market.
Visit the incredible art galleries and restaurants scattered throughout the streets of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl.
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Best time to go to Cape Winelands
The best time to visit the serene Cape Winelands is just before and just after winter (March to May and September to November). This is before and after the rainy season, meaning the weather will be pleasant and warm, but not scorching, and days will feel like they go on and on with late picturesque sunsets. Surroundings will be stunningly green and pair beautifully with a glass of wine in hand.
Featured Cape Winelands stays
AfriCamps at Doolhof
Boutique glamping tents in the Winelands of the award-winning Doolhof Wine Estate