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Cape Winelands

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Once past the city, and the adjacent Cape Flats, the topography changes again, and the land rises up to form a majestic collection of hills and mountains, all part of the Cape Fold Mountains. This has also allowed for the formation of a number of verdant valleys, which are now liberally dotted with orchards, vineyards, and pasture land.

The expansion from the city started in the late 1600’s, and has led to the development of what is now one of South Africa’s better known industries – the production of wine, including many labels which are internationally renowned. In addition, large areas are given over to apple and pear orchards, and berry farms.

What is generally known as the Winelands spreads over a surprisingly diverse area, and includes the towns and villages of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Robertson and Swellendam, each area hosting a combination of large and small vineyards, and catering to all palates. Most vineyards offer both wine tasting (frequently combined with cheese, or even chocolate tasting!) and informative tours. Even if one is not a wine lover, many of the vineyards are historically interesting, and a number offer lunches, and picnics.


In addition, during the summer months, visitors can enjoy picking berries, cherries, and a variety of other fruits. The area is also rich in history, with a number of excellent and well-run museums to visit. There are also cultural festivals, including music, books, and cuisine. Visitors can also enjoy a number of more active pursuits, such as canoeing, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, golf, abseiling, and kloofing.


Each town and area of the Winelands has an excellent selection of accommodation establishments, and although many are within easy reach of Cape Town, a couple of nights in the country, in the midst of magnificent scenery, is an excellent way to either start, or finish your trip to the Cape. Not only are there are number of award winning restaurants, there is also an extensive selection of Spas and Wellness Centres to choose from.


It may be known as the Winelands, but there is a lot more happening too….