Whether it’s the magnificent natural beauty, or rich cultural heritage or its world-renowned wines, the Winelands Region is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. A 45-minute drive from Cape Town brings you to this area where splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history. Experience the hospitality and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Pniel. The diversity of the Winelands will capture every heart.
Follow in the footsteps of the Voortrekkers and their Dutch/French ancestors as you stroll along the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the country. Their colorful history comes to life in the splendidly restored Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings in each town. Monuments such as the Huguenot Memorial and Afrikaans Language Monument and the many outstanding museums provide a fascinating glimpse into the past.
The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned. You will be spoilt for choice between small, boutique wineries and the larger, more commercial wine estates. Taste the fruit of the vintner's labour in the magnificent surrounds that are so characteristic of the Winelands, or join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the precious harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover's delight.
To revive fatigued taste buds, the Winelands boasts some of the finest restaurants in the Cape, with offerings from traditional fare to the more exotic. And don't miss out on other culinary delights produced in the region such as cheese, olives, herbs, berries and much more.
With its ragged mountains and fertile valleys, the Winelands is paradise to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Invigorating hikes through the many nature reserves in the area will have you marveling at the indigenous ‘fynbos’ that flourishes here. Whether you enjoy the thrill of tearing down the hillside on a mountain bike, or relaxing next to a tranquil river catching trout, the exhilaration of a hot-air balloon-ride over the granite outcrops of Paarl Mountain or savoring the beauty of the setting sun on horseback, the Winelands will surpass your every expectation.
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