Just a short drive from Cape Town one enters the verdant, rolling hills of South Africa’s wine country. Home to fantastic wine and some of Africa’s best restaurants.
This is one of the most historic areas of South Africa as it’s where many of the original Dutch settlers first made their homes. Pretty towns and villages adorn the countryside, their white washed Dutch colonial buildings contrasting against the lush greens of vineyards, fields and forests.
There are a huge variety of different vineyards to visit here, ranging from small boutique wineries where you may be shown round by the owners themselves to larger, more modern estates. Aside from grapes, all manner of fresh produce is made here, much of which you will find adorning the plates of the excellent restaurants in the area. In fact, this is something of a culinary hotspot, and you’ll have our recommendations for the best spots.
Just 30 minutes from Cape Town is Groot Constantia, our oldest wine region, famous for exporting 30 bottles a month to Napoleon when he was exiled in St Helena! Nowadays, we are winning awards internationally, from our delicious Pinot Noir from the Hemel & Aarde Valley to the bold reds found in many boutique wineries in Stellenbosch. What sets the region apart is not only the magnificent scenery all along the wine route, but also the incredible culinary scene that has developed around it. On a typical wine tour, you are paired with one of our specialist wine guides, who will tailor the day to your preferences. Besides the usual wine and cheese offerings, guests can also do a wine safari (on a jeep), a private cellar tour and learn the art of sabrage, or perhaps enjoy a fun day out at Vergenoedt, checking out the duck parade!
What to do
- Visit wineries
- Eat out at the many excellent wineries
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
When to go
With a temperate climate, the Winelands can be visited any time of year. The sunnier, warmer months are from October to February.