The Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands

Combine a trip to Cape Town with a few days exploring the Cape Winelands. It’s a huge area, with almost 100,000 ha of wine-producing grapes under vine. There are hundreds of wine farms to visit from the West Coast to the Overberg and the Little Karoo, and most offer free or inexpensive tastings and on-site sales. Many estates also have excellent restaurants and a few have rooms and cottages with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards, in case you fancy spending a day or two in the area.

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If you have limited time, then the areas nearest Cape Town will suit you best. These include Cape Point, Constantia, and Durbanville in Cape Town’s southern and northern suburbs respectively, plus the traditional wine-growing towns nearby: Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, and Wellington. There are established routes to follow through all of these regions, but with so many to choose from it’s a good idea to head for a well-known estate and explore outwards from there.

Groot Constantia, Boschendal, Solms-Delta, Warwick, and Delheim are just a few good starting points to aim for. Each is within an hour’s drive from central Cape Town so you can make day trips, or book yourself a vineyard cottage and stay in the countryside for longer. Franschhoek, in particular, is highly regarded for its quality restaurants, hotels, and farm-style accommodation, and makes a great base for exploring the surrounding estates.