The breathtaking beauty: rows of vines, dotted with neat Cape Dutch homesteads. Perfect terroir with rich soils, cooling sea mists, hours of sunshine, diverse slope aspects and gentle rains. And, nearly 200 wine farms to explore. It’s no surprise that the winelands are one of South Africa’s biggest tourist attractions.
Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl form the historic hubs of an industry that dates back over 300 years to when the first European settlers came to the Cape and brought with them the art of winemaking. Today, old world wisdom has combined with new world flourishes to create a variety of wine varietals and styles. Most notable are the distinctive Pinotage – a bold uniquely South African red. Our Sauvignon Blancs are globally acclaimed, the altitudes providing the perfect positioning for producing this crisp, refreshing white. Learn about the fascinating history, see the original estates and meet the winemakers.
The Winelands are famed for more than just the wines. Numerous tasting rooms allow for sampling and savouring; but many of the farms also boast exceptional restaurants. Whether you fancy a 5-star celebrity chef prepared menu – like The tasting Room, Le Quartier Fancais, Delaire Graaff – or a casual picnic on the Warwick’s lawns in front of the proud manor house or a stroll through the vines at Vriedenhof; the winelands offers refined and delectable delights for every palette.