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While the Cape Winelands are undoubtedly celebrated for their phenomenal wines, this captivating region offers much more than meets the eye..

Discover the Enchanting Cape Winelands: Beyond Wine Tasting

We often have guests wondering if a visit to the Cape Winelands is worth it when they don’t drink wine or have been to other wine regions such as the Napa Valley. The answer is a resounding YES!

While the Cape Winelands are undoubtedly celebrated for their phenomenal wines, this captivating region offers much more than meets the eye. From breathtaking landscapes to culinary delights, rich history, and a thriving cultural scene, the Winelands have something to offer every traveller, even if you don’t drink wine. From awe-inspiring vistas to culinary delights and immersive cultural experiences, the Cape Winelands has something for everyone. So, let’s embark on a journey through this captivating destination, beyond the wine glass.

Here are our Top Five Reasons why:

1. Majestic Landscapes

2. Culinary Delights

3. Rich History and Architecture

4. Art, Culture, Markets and Festivals

5. Outdoor Adventures

1. The Majestic Landscapes

The Cape Winelands boasts awe-inspiring natural beauty, characterized by rolling hills, lush vineyards, and dramatic mountain ranges. Even if you’re not a wine connoisseur, the scenic drives and panoramic views alone are worth the visit. Capture unforgettable moments as you explore the charming towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, surrounded by vibrant landscapes that will leave you breathless.

Our Favourite Routes to Explore: 

La Cles Des Montagnes, Franschhoek

2. Culinary Delights

Beyond wine, the Cape Winelands offer a culinary haven that will tantalize your taste buds. From farm-to-table restaurants to gourmet cuisine, the region’s gastronomic scene is a delight for food lovers. Indulge in locally sourced, organic produce, sample artisanal cheeses, and savor traditional dishes influenced by Cape Malay and Dutch heritage. Don’t miss the chance to experience fine dining at renowned restaurants and embrace the rich culinary culture of the region.  And a picnic surrounded by exquisite views is a perfect family outing.

Our Delicious Restaurant Recommendations: 

Paarl:

Franschhoek:

Stellenbosch:

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley:

Constantia Valley:

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3. The Rich History and Architecture

Step back in time as you wander through the historic towns of the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch, with its Cape Dutch architecture, showcases a well-preserved heritage dating back to the 17th century. Explore the oak-lined streets, visit the Stellenbosch Museum, and discover the region’s intriguing past. Franschhoek, meaning “French Corner,” is steeped in Huguenot history, offering a charming blend of French-inspired architecture and quaint shops. The Cape Winelands’ historical legacy is a captivating experience that transcends wine.

For the History Buffs: 

4. Art, Culture, Markets and Festivals

The Cape Winelands are a cultural hub, with a thriving art scene and numerous festivals throughout the year. Franschhoek hosts the popular Franschhoek Literary Festival, showcasing renowned authors and literary enthusiasts from around the world. Art galleries and studios abound in Stellenbosch, showcasing contemporary and traditional works by local artists. Explore museums, attend concerts, and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural events that bring the Cape Winelands to life.

Our Must-Visit Recommendations: 

So, pack your bags, embark on an adventure, and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty and diverse experiences that await in the Cape Winelands.

5. Outdoor Adventures

For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Cape Winelands offer a plethora of activities. Hike through stunning nature reserves, such as Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, offering diverse flora and fauna. Enjoy mountain biking trails, horseback riding, and hot air balloon rides for a unique perspective of the region’s beauty. Adventure awaits at every turn, providing unforgettable experiences for those seeking outdoor thrills.

Our Adventure recommendations: 


In this article
  • Discover the Enchanting Cape Winelands
  • Our Top 5 Reasons Why
  • 1. Majestic Landscapes
  • 2. Culinary Delights
  • 3. Rich History and Architecture
  • 4. Art, Culture, Markets and Festivals
  • 5. Outdoor Adventures

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