Destinations & Attractions in Cape Winelands, in Cape Town

Cape Winelands Destinations & Attractions

The Cape Winelands continue to be one of the world’s top tourist attractions. However, more than just being a place to see, it is also the home of a selection of the best wines to be found anywhere on the planet.

The Winelands are spectacularly beautiful. They are defined by lush valleys, towering mountains and mile after mile of exquisite vineyards. All year round, the area is green and abundant, creating the ideal backdrop to eat, drink and explore the wonders of South Africa and its people. Due to the surrounding mountains, which tend to block the wind, the summer months are very hot in the Cape Winelands. Winters are chilly and wet, but no less magnificent.

The wine routes are, without a doubt, the most significant of industries and attractions to the area. These are situated in Stellenbosch, the Breede River Valley, Franschhoek, and other similar areas. There are literally hundreds of wine farms in the area. Some of the best known are Alto, Arabella, Backsberg, Lanzerac, Le Bonheur, Meerendal, Vergelegen, Villiera, and Zevenwacht. The weather conditions and excellent soils yield grapes that are ideal for the production of a huge variety of wines; including reds, whites, rosés, sparklings and dessert wines. Touring the wine farms and their cellars, and participating in fabulous wine tastings is the only way to have a real Cape Winelands experience.

Franschhoek is one of the Cape Winelands towns and is, as its name implies, like a little piece of France. It enjoys one of the most beautiful situations imaginable and is known, not only for its wines, but also for its excellent cuisine. Visitors to Franschhoek are encouraged to be adventurous, sampling delicious sweet and savoury treats that are sure to excite the taste buds and inspire the creativity.

The Afrikaans Taal Museum is situated in the Winelands town of Paarl, and pays homage to Afrikaans as a language and a culture in South Africa, recognising the integral role of it in the identities of many in this country. Paarl itself is a charming, old-world town that is distinguished by its elegant architecture and magnificent scenery.

For visitors to the Cape Winelands that have a particular passion for culture and the outdoors, there is plenty to see and do. Attractions that are ideal for families include Butterfly World, the Burgerhuis Museum, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, and the Huguenot Memorial. There are also a number of nature reserves and parks in this natural Mecca. These are the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, Limietberg Nature Reserve, and Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.

Keen golfers are invited to spend a day on the De Zalze Golf Course and Devonvale Golf Course greens.

Du Toitskloof

The exquisite Du Toitskloof Pass winds its scenic way between Paarl and Worcester, in the Western Cape of South Africa. At its foot, it the little village of the same name, from where the awesome views of the mountain and pass ...

Franschhoek

Franschhoek is an exquisite slice of France set within the unrivalled beauty of the Western Cape Winelands. Surrounded by mountains and vineyards, this little gem is only 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town ...

Gouda

Gouda is a little village just 37 km south of Porterville, at the western entrance to the Nuwekloof Pass that links Tulbagh to Wellington. The town does not produce or, in fact, have anything to do with cheese. The only Gouda ...

Groot Drakenstein

The Groot Drakenstein region is characterised by massive green mountains, deep valleys that are brimming with dense vegetation, and pristine rows of productive vineyards. This is a historical area that is as fascinating to visit ...

Klapmuts

Klapmuts, just off the R45 between Kraaifontein and Paarl, is a rather small village in the heart of the Cape Winelands Region. Klapmuts is also not very well known amongst tourists - an added bonus as the area offers the ...

Paarl

The historical little town of Paarl may be small, but it offers no shortage of heritage, coupled with natural and cultural attractions. In addition, it is a major part of the Winelands, ensuring that those that want to sample ...

Pniel

Pniel is a tiny village that is situated between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and dwarfed by looming mountains. It has a fascinating history and is nestled right amongst the many wine farms that make this region so spectacular ...

Simondium

Simondium may be a small, relatively unknown hamlet, but it is gaining acclaim for its fabulous cheeses. It is also well-loved by a handful of tourists for its breath-taking setting. In addition to being within the Cape ...

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is a university town caressed by the ample mountain ranges of the Western Cape. The streets are flanked by massive trees and the farmlands boast rows of fertile vineyards. Stellenbosch is brimming with history and ...

Tulbagh

The exquisite little village of Tulbagh is just an 80 minute drive away from Cape Town. Mountain ranges surround it protectively, while its valley is a fertile factory of fruit, herbs and some of the country’s most famous wines ...

Wellington

Wellington’s wine industry dates back to the 17th century. It is no surprise, therefore, that it remains one of the country’s most significant producers of world-class wines. It is also awesomely beautiful and offers plenty in ...
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