Within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, South Africa’s winelands are home to rolling hills and valleys, spectacular mountains, attractive towns and villages and, of course, many world-class vineyards. Traditional Cape Dutch-style architecture predominates and there are some fantastic accommodation options, plenty of gourmet restaurants and many sights and activities.
One of South Africa’s oldest European settlements, Stellenbosch was founded back in 1679 and is now a lively university town and centre for the South African wine industry. It is not only home to many boutique wine cellars, but also features elegant colonial architecture, myriad eating and entertainment options and is surrounded by picturesque rivers, valleys, forests and mountains.
Wellington is a small town with a scenic setting on the Murray River near Lake Alexandrina, and is well-known for its award-winning wines. You can visit its many boutique wine cellars on private tours and browse the town’s antique shops, speciality stores and small museums.
Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay near the Southern most tip of Africa and is home of the Southern Right Whale. Nature lovers from all over the world visit Hermanus to view these magnificent creatures from the best land based whale watching destination in the world.
Franschoek is the wine and food capital of the Western Cape, tucked between impressive mountains and home to many renowned vineyards. This small town was founded at the end of the 17th century by French Huguenot settlers, who brought their wine-making skills and culture of fine food with them. Many of the original farmsteads with their Cape Dutch architecture remain and you can be assured of quality accommodation and a friendly welcome.
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