Think Cape Winelands and imagination calls forth immaculately goomed green valleys dotted with small towns and framed by exquisite mountain ranges. The Winelands are home to South Africa’s famed viticulture, and a host of gastronomic experiences. Scattered prettily across the neatly combed vineyards, are a prime pick of luxurious boutique hotels, guesthouses and spa retreats.
South Africa’s oldest wine route
After Cape Town, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest town. Liberally endowed with sturdy oak trees planted by its original founder several centuries ago, Stellenbosch is a proud university town sporting amazing old architecture, lots of places of cultural interest, and a fabulous wine-and-dine tradition. There are many prestigious wine estates within a 12 km radius of the town.
Stay at the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa – a landmark hotel complex and wine estate that has something for everyone. Wine tastings and cellar tours are offered on site, and the hotel boasts an impressive Spa & Wellness Centre. View special offers.
Sublime views and gourmet fare
Set in a lush valley on the slopes of the Simonsberg, Franschhoek offers magnificent accommodation and an extravaganza of fine food and wine experiences.
For sumptuous comfort, mind-easing views of the vineyards, and culinary pleasures, Mont Rochelle is a wonderful food-and-wine getaway. Highlights include gourmet dinners and al fresco dining, wine tasting and cellar tours, walks in the vineyards, horse riding and mountain biking. The town of Franschhoek and surrounding local hot-spots also have much to offer.
Longest wine route in the world
Route 62 lays claim to being the longest wine route in the world. Ensconced sandwich-style in a valley between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, and snaked through by the course of the Breede River, this beautiful wine route has more than 50 registered wine cellars.
Right in the hub of gorgeous Robertson, The Robertson Small Hotel provides chic accommodation in crisp, boutique-style suites. Its signature restaurant serves out-of-this-world cuisine.
The Cape Winelands are bursting with offerings, for locals and tourists alike. Sublime getaways basking in sun-streaked valleys, award-winning restaurants, highly acclaimed wines and warm South African hospitality make the winelands a must-visit region. See all getaways in the Western Cape.
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