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.
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.
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.
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.