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What to see in Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands Attractions


The Cape Winelands are actually pretty vast and it is best to plan your day properly using maps and travel guides to make the most of it. The three main wine route areas are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington, and Franschhoek. Somerset West is also a great wine making region. You can't go wrong with any of these beautiful areas, which all feature charming historic towns as well as beautiful scenery and famously good wines. In Stellenbosch favourite estates include Spier, Meerlust, Simonsig, Waterford, Rust en Vrede (1694) and Rustenberg (1682). Paarl and Wellington highlights include Fairview, Laborie, Doolhof and Diemersfontein. In Franschhoek La Motte is wonderful, and in Somerset West, Vergelegen and Morgenster are genuinely special.

The City Sightseeing tourist buses in Cape Town provide a hop-on hop-off wine tasting route which is a great option for those wanting a taste of the area and hoping not to drive after a long day in the cellars! Serious wine enthusiasts should consider purchasing a John Platters guide prior to exploring the winelands: this guide is immensely useful, documenting all the wines of the South African industry and providing some background and maps for each estate. Although most of the famous estates are open on weekends, some of the smaller ones are only open during the week - for this reason it is best to plan a wine route for a week day if possible.


Afrikaans Monument and Museum

The Afrikaans Language Museum pays tribute to a unique language that is only 300 years old, created from the melting…

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Constantia

Constantia is the origin of wine production in South Africa, and one of Cape Town's most exclusive suburbs. The Constantia…

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Franschhoek

Fleeing religious persecution in France in the 1700s, more than 200 French Huguenots arrived in the Cape and were settled…

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Huguenot Monument and Museum

A major tourist attraction in the Franschhoek valley, the historic Huguenot Monument was erected in 1945 to commemorate…

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Paarl

Situated at the foot of the second-largest granite outcrop in the world, the town of Paarl in the picturesque Berg River…

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Spier Wine Estate

Not only one of South Africa's most famous and most popular wine estates, historic Spier is also an internationally renowned…

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Stellenbosch

At the heart of the wine industry is the pretty town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and regarded…

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