Cape Town Day Trip: Cape Winelands

23 April 2014

The vibrant city of Cape Town offers an abundance of attractions and activities. But beyond the city’s borders there lies a rich world of sights and tastes to discover. Among these amazing attractions are the Cape Winelands, a magical place of endless hills, quaint Cape-Dutch homesteads, grand mountains and world renowned vineyards, the perfect place to escape the buzz of the city. This is a look at some of the highlights so that you can make the best of your daytrip into the Cape Winelands.

Winelands_CPT_1-640x420 Make the best of your daytrip into the Cape through one of it's many wine farms

Paarl

Start off your day by visiting the Paarl Wine Valley, a mere 50 min drive from Cape Town. Paarl is a culturally rich and naturally beautiful town that will bathe you in waves of serenity. It offers you a diverse wine tasting experience with a large variety of wines from internationally acclaimed vineyards to small local micro-producers.

Stellenbosch

The idyllic town of Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in Southern Africa. Its combination of Oak lined streets, Neo-Dutch buildings and all-around historically rich atmosphere makes it one of the most beautifully scenic towns you will ever have the pleasure of visiting. It attracts many lovers of music, art, nature and most of all, high quality wines. It’s also home to Stellenbosch University, one of the most prestigious universities in South Africa, resulting in an energetic night-life. Stellenbosch is a place for both the old and young.

Franschhoek

The Franschoek Wine Valley is truly a sight to behold. It’s flanked by awe-inspiring mountain ranges and is the gourmet food and wine capital of South Africa.  With the first vineyards planted over 300 years ago by the French Huguenots, it is a town rich with history and is one of the top destinations to visit in the country. End off the day by enjoying any of its world-class restaurants and wines.

This is very brief look at the Cape Winelands, barely grazing its wonders. Other parts that you should definitively look into are the wine regions of Wellington, Durbanville, Constantia, Robertson, Swartland, Worcester, Breedekloof and Hermanus. The Cape Winelands anxiously awaits your arrival. Do not miss this unforgettable experience.

Wiehahn Diederichs

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Travel has opened my mind and soul and has filled me with an insatiable thirst and curiosity for life. My passion for travel is fuelled by my love for photography and writing. Through these mediums of expression I hope to inspire people to follow their hearts and see the world. There is an entire planet filled with a variety of people and experiences waiting for us to meet them.