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Discover The Beautiful Cape Winelands

Cape Town has a lot to offer the tourist, along with its beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and host of attractions, the Cape Winelands region is a favourite for many tourists to the area. A tour of the wine farms in any one of the regions is an unforgettable experience, in charming surrounds. The history and culture of winemaking in the Cape Winelands region is one of the many facets that makes Cape Town what it is to do, and an experience not to be missed.

There are numerous wine farms throughout the Cape Winelands District, far too many to mention here, so be sure to do your research before setting out for the day. Use the internet, or contact the estates directly for opening times, facilities and directions. Doing this before setting off will make your trip a lot easier and will save you frustration along the way. So, what are you waiting for, jump into our short guide to the Cape Winelands, a wealth of beauty, history and tradition!

Constantia

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Just south of the centre of Cape Town, the leafy suburb of Constantia has a lot to offer the tourist to the Cape Winelands area, with its close proximity to town, upmarket setting and pleasant atmosphere. Apart from its own wine route Constantia boasts a number of excellent restaurants as well as old wine homesteads worth visiting. The suburb is home to the famous wine farms of Buitenverwachting, Steenberg, Groot Constantia, Constantia Uitsig and Klein Constantia. The uniqueness of Constantia, situated just outside the city of Cape Town itself, makes it easily accessible to any tourist wanting to spend the day finding out more about the historic culture of wine making in the region. After spending the day sampling the many world-class wines, stroll in one of the leafy parks, or enjoy a meal at one of the great restaurants in the area. It's a great choice for any wine lover, and an excellent way to spend the day.

Stellenbosch

Founded on the banks of the Eerste Rivier, to the east of the city of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a historic town rich in art and architecture. It's a small town in a hilly region with a predominantly Afrikaans speaking population, with a mediterranean climate making it excellent for the farming of wine. It's also home to numerous award winning wines and its wine route, established in 1971, now consists of many cellars offering both red and white wines. You can find something for everyone along the route and the various cellars offer everything from restaurants to gardens and not forgetting a wide range of excellent wines worth tasting. The town of Stellenbosch is also well worth stopping by, with building of Victorian and Georgian architecture, leafy streets, art galleries, restaurants and lot more on offer. Only about 45 minutes drive from Cape Town, it's not that far and worth considering if you would like to sample the delights of Cape Town's wine making industry.

Franschoek


The small town of Franschoek with its classic Cape Dutch architecture, and scenic setting, just 75km outside of Cape Town is another region of the Cape Winelands worth visiting. The town is home to the Huguenot Monument, celebrating the culture of the Huguenot people, which you will find at the end of town. French settlers first starting making wine in the region 300 years ago and it is home to many renowned wine farms including Boschendal, La Motte, Mont Rochelle, Chamonixz and many more. Most wine farms in the region welcome visitors, so pop in and sample some of the many wines on offer. You will also find a number of excellent restaurants in the town, so if you fancy a bite to eat you will be spoilt for choice.

Paarl


Just 60km northeast of the city of Cape Town is the largest town in the Cape Winelands District, Paarl. It's name is derived from the Dutch word for Pearl and is a beautiful place to visit. Paarl is home to some beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture and many of the old streets are lined with leafy trees. The town offers a host of other activities apart from its excellent wine route, including hiking, rock climbing, a crocodile farm, snake park, bike routes and restaurants. Some of the more well-known wine farms in the area include Laborie, Zandwijk, KWV and Nederburg. The region of Paarl is worth a visit for anyone planning a tour of the Cape Winelands area, and just outside Cape Town, is only a short trip to escape into a different world for the day!

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