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For Cape Town locals, a summer picnic under giant old trees on a wine farm is a Sunday favourite. The Cape Winelands is a wine-producing region within a half hour’s drive from Cape Town. Wines from these vineyards are making a name for themselves around the world. Neat rows of vines cover hills and valleys framed by Cape fold mountains, making...

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Sanddrif Guest Farm

Stellenbosch
3 Bedrooms, 1 Self-Catering Pool Cottage and 2 Spacious Self-Catering River Suites

In the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands lies Sanddrif Guest Farm, a charming small farm set amidst well-known wine estates in the Western Cape. Bedrooms in the guest wing...


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Vine Guest House

Stellenbosch
8 Bedrooms and 1 Honeymoon Suite
PPS from R 975

Vine Guest House is a rural country retreat in the Cape Winelands on the outskirts of historic Stellenbosch. Spacious, cottage style air-conditioned bedrooms have a private...


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Rusthuiz Guest House

Stellenbosch
7 Bedrooms
PPS from R 935

In the Cape Winelands, only 600 metres from Stellenbosch town centre, Rusthuiz Guest House offers excellent service and friendly tourist advice. Stylish, spacious...


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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse

Franschhoek
7 suites spread over 5 quaint and characterful buildings
PPS from R 3,500

Six rooms in five unique buildings situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village Franschhoek. There are four sun-kissed swimming pools and shady...


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Gable Manor

Franschhoek
2 Deluxe Rooms, 3 Deluxe +Rooms and 1 Grand Suite, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 1,320

Gable Manor is a stylish, modern guest house on the edge of Franschhoek village in the Cape Winelands. Spacious air-conditioned bedrooms and suites have king-size beds with...


The Beautiful South Guest House

Stellenbosch
PPS from R 600

Set in the Cape Winelands in a quiet street close to the historical centre and Stellenbosch University, The Beautiful South Guest House has a thatched roof and tranquil...


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Les Chambres

Franschhoek
4 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,160

Les Chambres is a beautifully restored home in the heart of Franschhoek village in the Cape Winelands and a two-minute walk to the main street and restaurants. Spacious...


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Avondrood Guest House

Franschhoek
8 Bedrooms
Units from R 2,500

Enjoy warm hospitality and personal service at Avondrood Guest House, a tranquil Cape Victorian farm style home located in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Stylish, spacious...


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Mont Rochelle

Franschhoek
16 Bedrooms and 6 Suites

Mont Rochelle is located just an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the gorgeous Franschhoek valley, the “French corner” of South Africa, known for it’s beautiful scenery and...


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Lalapanzi Lodge

Somerset West
5 Bedrooms and 2 Self-Catering Cottages
PPS from R 935

Set on the edge of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, and surrounded by vineyards and forest, this stylish mountain retreat is the perfect place to unwind in nature. With...


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Apricot Gardens Boutique Guesthouse

Gordon's Bay
5 Luxury Bedrooms, 2 full Suites and 1 Self-catering suite
PPS from R 875
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Apricot Gardens Boutique Guesthouse is nestled in pristine fynbos on the mountain slopes above Gordon's Bay with panoramic views over the entire False Bay. A Contemporary...


AlphaBed B&B

Somerset West
2 Bedrooms and 1 Suite

AlphaBed Bed and Breakfast is set in a tranquil residential area of Somerset West in the Cape Winelands, within walking distance of the town centre. Well known Golf Estates,...


La Bonne Auberge

Somerset West
5 Bedrooms and 1 Self-Catering Apartment

La Bonne Auberge is a charming 1885 Cape Dutch Manor House set on the slope of the Helderberg in the heart of the Cape Winelands with spectacular views of the mountains....


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Aqua Vista

Somerset West
5 Suites and 1 Bedroom
PPS from R 700

Set on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West with beautiful views of False Bay to Cape Point, Aqua Vista Guest House offers its visitors a chance to relax in...


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Lily Pond House at Le Lude

Franschhoek
Units from R 4,235

The House is situated on a working wine farm on the outskirts of town. It is elegantly decorated and consists of two large en-suite bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and...


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Villa La Rive

Franschhoek
6 bedrooms
Units from R 55,000

Experience the small town charm of Franschhoek at this inviting villa. Owners Brett Gage and Gordon Jones spent two years transforming their vision for La Rive from a...


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The Homestead at Oldenburg Vineyards

Stellenbosch
6 Bedroom Villa
Units from R 29,000

Nestled in the majestic Banghoek Valley and surrounded by spectacular vineyards and mountains, the classic Homestead and its large, private garden date back to over 200 years...


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La Cotte Forest Cottages

Franschhoek
8 cottages
Units from R 2,500

Escape to this seriously enchanting working wine farm, just a stone’s throw from the delightful village of Franschhoek and one of the oldest Huguenot estates the area. Here...


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La Cotte House Private Villa

Franschhoek
6 Bedroom Villa
Units from R 19,900

Get ready to be suitably blown away by this enchanting working wine farm, only a stone’s throw from the much-beloved village of Franschhoek and one of the oldest Huguenot...


Lemon Tree Cottage

Franschhoek
3 Bedroom Cottage
Units from R 2,750

Located just on the outskirts of the charming village of Franschhoek, Lemon Tree Cottage is a wonderful self-catering cottage built in Victorian Cape vernacular style. Even...


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Cape Winelands travel guide

For Cape Town locals, a summer picnic under giant old trees on a wine farm is a Sunday favourite. The Cape Winelands is a wine-producing region within a half hour’s drive from Cape Town. Wines from these vineyards are making a name for themselves around the world. Neat rows of vines cover hills and valleys framed by Cape fold mountains, making it a lovely area to drive in, as you stop off for tastings in atmospheric cellars. In one day you could visit a few farms, covering the areas of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.

If you have a few days, you can’t go wrong with basing yourself in one of the towns and taking leisurely drives to see the others. Crucial tip for foodies: many of these elegant wine farms also have award winning restaurants so choose your lunch spot carefully. Franschhoek is especially known for its artisan food producers and restaurants, such as La Petite Ferme, Pierneef and The Tasting Room. Even if you’re not a wine drinker you’ll find plenty to do in the Winelands, including hiking and golf, outstanding concerts in Stellenbosch and plenty of unique shops on peaceful country streets.

The major triangle of the Winelands:

  • Stellenbosch – historic university town with a lively atmosphere thanks to the many students in residence. Quite a few world famous wine farms are here, such as Zevenwacht, Delheim and Spier, with its Cheetah and Eagle conservation centres. The town itself has some lovely art galleries and restaurants.
  • Paarl – busy Winelands town in the ‘Pearl Valley’ with plenty of wine estates to visit. Drive up to the fascinating Taal Monument (built to honour the Afrikaans language) and enjoy incredible views in all directions. Klapmuts is a less well known outpost of Paarl, but a great choice for families as it has a rural charm, as well as Butterfly World. Laborie is a good choice for lunch and has some classic wines.
  • Franschhoek – named ‘The ‘French Corner’ after the French Huguenot refugees who settled here in 1688, this is the prettiest Winelands village. Quite a few revered chefs have set up camp in town or on nearby estates. Franschhoek’s picturesque main road is crammed with markets, antiques and sidewalk cafés. The fabulous Franschhoek Motor Museum transports you to a world of vintage cars at L’Ormarins Wine Estate.

Great winelands outside of the triangle:

  • Durbanville: Before you get onto the traditional Winelands route, take a detour to the lesser known wine spot of the Cape northern suburbs. Wines from estates such as Nitida, Diemersdal and Durbanville Hills are beloved by Capetonians and well worth a taste – you may fill your suitcase with these.
  • Constantia: In the southern suburbs of Cape Town, Constantia feels quiet and rural, with greenery clinging to the mountainside. Lovely wine farms to visit are Buitenverwachting, Groot Contstantia and Contstantia Uitsig.
  • Somerset West – A relaxed but fast growing Cape Dutch town not far from Stellenbosch towards False Bay. A couple of very stately wine farms and a busy, built-up town centre make it an attractive base. Look out for festivals and events at Lourensford Wine Estate, which also has an excellent restaurant.
  • Hermanus: Around this town known for whale watching is a collection of small but passionate wine growers. The pretty Hemel-en-Aarde area is the spot to head for. Good choices to try are Hermanuspietersfontein, Southern Right and Hamilton Russell.
  • Wellington – Wellington also offers great antique hunting and cosy coffee shops. A dramatic drive across Bain’s Kloof Pass with its spectacular scenery makes the trip worthwhile.
  • Tulbagh – With a long history and beautiful veld flowers between April and October, Tulbagh is a popular wedding venue. You’ll find well-respected wine estates such as Drostdyhof and Twee Jonge Gezellen, and the village streets are lined with restaurants. If you’re there in winter, why not join in the 'Christmas in Winter' festival?
  • Robertson - situated on the famed Route 62, the Robertson wine valley is packed full of wine farms who work together to make wine tasting the centrepiece of your visit. The town hosts one of the Western Cape's most beloved wine festivals, the annual Wacky Wine Weekend, in June.