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What to see in Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands Attractions


The Cape Winelands are vast and travellers should plan their visits properly. The main wine route areas are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington, and Franschhoek. Somerset West is also a great wine-making region. Visitors can't go wrong with any of these options, which all feature quaint old 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 a treat, while in Somerset West, Vergelegen and Morgenster are genuinely special.

Cape Town's City Sightseeing tourist buses offer a hop-on, hop-off wine-tasting route, though serious wine enthusiasts should consider purchasing a guide prior to exploring the winelands. They could prove immensely useful, with many documenting all the wines of the South African industry and providing some background and maps for each estate.

Most of the famous estates are open on weekends, but 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 little more than 300 years old. Created from the melting pot of languages in the Cape, Afrikaans developed from the need of Dutch…

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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 wine route is the oldest yet smallest wine route in the Cape, consisting of…

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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 in the valley that soon became known as Franschhoek (French Corner), which…

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Huguenot Monument and Museum

The historic Huguenot Monument was erected in 1945 and is a major tourist attraction in the Franschhoek Valley. It commemorates and honours the French Huguenots who arrived in South Africa in 1688…

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Paarl

Paarl is built in the picturesque Berg River Valley, which lies at the foot of the second-largest granite outcrop in the world. It is the biggest town in the Cape Winelands and the third oldest European…

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Spier Wine Estate

Spier is one of South Africa's most famous and most popular wine estates. Internationally renowned as cultural resort, it offers luxurious accommodation, conference facilities, shopping, fine dining,…

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Stellenbosch

At the heart of the wine industry is the pretty town of Stellenbosch. Along with being the second oldest town in South Africa, it is regarded as the country's wine capital, with over 110 cellars in…

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