Escape to the Winelands

Some of the oldest and most beautiful towns in South Africa, vibrant Stellenbosch and the French-inspired Franschhoek, along with Paarl, Worcester and Wellington, make up the famous Cape Winelands.

Whether you’re cosying up next to the fire in winter or lounging on the terrace, wine in hand, in the summer months, the Cape Winelands are spectacular all year round. Enjoy a weekend of wining and dining, exploring the towns on foot or simply lazing inside.

The elegant town of Franschhoek deserves its status as the gourmet capital of South Africa. This French-influenced corner of the Cape boasts world-famous culinary and wine experiences. French Huguenots made their home here more than 300 years ago, bringing their winemaking traditions and heritage with them, which visitors still enjoy today.

Just a 40-minute drive away, in the shadow of the majestic Jonkershoek and Simonsberg mountains, lies the vibrant university town of Stellenbosch. Age-old oaks line streets buzzing with restaurants, cafes, galleries and museums, housed in beautifully-preserved Cape Dutch buildings and surrounded by more wine estates than you can throw a stick at.

Even if you aren’t an oenophile (a connoisseur of wines), visiting the Cape Winelands should still feature on your local travel to-do list.

If you’re up for this #SAJourney self-drive route, the Cape Winelands are approximately a 45-minute drive from Cape Town’s CBD, so perfect for a day trip or ideally, an entire weekend to relax and soak up the experience.

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