Top 5 Reasons to Lose Yourself in the Winelands
1. Spectacular Scenery
Did we mention the location? Located on the world famous, and visually spectacular, Cape Wine Route, Stellenbosch and Franschoek provide a dramatic backdrop for photographic memories to last a lifetime. Think sprawling sunlit vineyards, sweeping mountain ranges and picturesque towns with an abundance of historical buildings to grace the pages of your Instagram.
2. The Wine (obviously)
If you are a wine lover travelling to wine regions, the Cape Winelands must be on your bucket list. Your only regret coming here will be not having stayed longer. Best of all, there’s no need to fight over who will be the designated driver, there are wine buses everywhere! It really couldn’t be easier to tour the vineyards, as there are jump on/jump off service every 20 minutes all over Cape Town and Constantia Valley and even a wine tram in Franschhoek! The real treat is to go for one (or several) of the really unique wine tasting experiences offering food and wine pairings that will blow your mind. Think wine and macarons, wine and cupcakes, wine and cheesecake, wine and ice cream and many more.
3. The Food
It’s no secret that wine regions are fantastic places for excellent food. Eating out in South Africa, and in particular the wine growing regions is a real feast. Franschhoek is known as the country’s gourmet capital and you will find one restaurant after the next sitting along Main Street, literally. Many more excellent restaurants, cafes and farm stalls are found across the many other small wine growing towns.
4. Bespoke Cape Hospitality
The Cape Winelands are dotted by many small historic towns which are a delight to be explored. There is also no shortage of luxury accommodation across the various regions of the Cape Winelands from beautiful small boutique hotels to country houses, cottages and wine estates. Once you have checked in you will have a hard time to leave again.
5. Amazing Wildlife Experiences
A trip to South Africa’s Western Cape is the perfect occasion to add some amazing wildlife experiences to your agenda. Believe it or not, you can even see the Big Five when staying close to the wine regions. Opportunities to see wild animals close to the Cape Winelands also include the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach just outside Cape Town or those at Stony Point at Gordons Bay close to Grabouw in Elgin Valley.