The Cape Winelands
If you’re thinking of visiting Cape Town, why not include the Cape Winelands in your itinerary, home to some of the most prestigious wineries, producing world-class wines in wonderfully scenic locations, and just an hour east of Cape Town. South Africa’s Winelands region is one of the first areas of the country settled by Europeans and a hub for all things food and drink. Some of the most well-known wine varieties grown in the Cape include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
Fun fact – The history of South African wine dates back to Jan van Riebeeck, who was tasked with planting vineyards for grapes and wine to help the sailors of the Dutch East India company ward off scurvy in the 1600s.
Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, form a triangle, and you can easily visit all three in one trip. Our South Africa specialists have experienced them extensively and can suggest an itinerary that includes the Winelands based on your preferences.
Franschhoek: Known as the food and wine heartland of the country, fine wines are produced all around and world-class cuisine is available in the wide range of restaurants. In addition to this, Franschhoek offers breathtaking scenery and a town that is packed with wonderful arts and crafts, antique shops and galleries.