Taste the Cape Winelands The beautiful Western Cape in South Africa is home to a network of lush vineyards that stretches from the foothills of the Paarl Mountain to the fertile valley of Franschhoek. The Cape Winelands is one of the top tourist destinations in the Western Cape, and the region’s wine estates offer tastings, fine dining and accommodation amidst the scenic vineyards. Stellenbosch To the east of Cape Town lies the leafy university town of Stellenbosch. Some of South Africa’s best known wines are produced in the vineyards surrounding the town, with over 130 wineries operating in five ‘sub-regions’: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Stellenbosch Hills, Helderberg and the Bottlelary Hills. When you visit the Stellenbosch Winelands, be sure to include a stop at the estates responsible for founding the Stellenbosch wine route. Besides offering tastings of their superb wines, the estates of Spier, Delheim and Simonsig are also home to excellent restaurants and routinely host exciting festivals and cultural events. Franschhoek Franschhoek is one of South Africa’s oldest colonial settlements. The town was founded by French Huguenots in the late 1600s, and these settlers were quick to apply their knowledge of viticulture to their new home as they set about establishing some of South Africa’s finest vineyards. Almost four centuries have passed since Franschhoek was founded, yet the town and its surrounding farms retain a distinctly French character. Visitors to the ‘food and wine capital’ of South Africa won’t want to miss the opportunity to savour the award-winning wines and cuisine produced by the famous estates of La Motte, Cabriere and Chamonix. Paarl The largest town in the Cape Winelands sprawls at the base of the ‘Pearl Mountain’ in Paarl. Some of the Cape’s finest red wine is produced from the vines cultivated in the acidic soil that blankets the Paarl valley, and the Paarl wine route is often described as the ‘Red Route’ for this reason. Superb Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port wines can be sampled at the wineries along the Red Route. Wine farms worth visiting in Paarl include Nederburg Estate – one of South Africa’s most famous wineries – as well as the wine estates of Backsberg, Anura and Simonsvlei. Visit the Cape Winelands There is far more to the Cape Winelands than its fine wines. Many estates are home to historic buildings, galleries, museums and nature trails. You can even book comfortable Cape Winelands accommodation on wine estates via South African accommodation booking websites.
Book a Cape Winelands holiday now, and experience an unforgettable trip to this spectacular wine farming region of the Western Cape. About the Author: e-southafrica.com showcases luxurious wine farm accommodation in South Africa, as well as a range of other accommodation venues throughout the country. Visit the site now to book Western Cape accommodation, as well as hotels, lodges and guest houses in all other parts of South Africa.