When you think about well-known wine regions around the World, it is easy to list off a few, especially if you consider yourself a bit of a wine aficionado. France, Australia, California all spring to mind and of course, South Africa. Just a short distance out of Cape Town, you can find yourself sampling some of the regions best wines whilst enjoying the incredible scenery and rich history that the area is known for.
The Cape Town Winelands are characterised by rolling vineyards, mountain vistas and a relaxed way of life. Stellenbosch is just a 45-minute drive away from your hotel accommodation in Cape Town. Here you can explore numerous cellars that have become much loved in all corners of the world. Depending on your tastes you can visit the popular wineries or explore the smaller premises where you may get to chat to the owners themselves. Stellenbosch is a bustling student town so expect to be rubbing shoulders with energetic students as you wander the streets, grab a coffee and take in the variety of museums on offer.
Franschhoek is the next closest town in the winelands and is full of French character and charm. The town was originally settled by the French three hundred years ago and their influences are apparent everywhere you look. Noted wineries here include La Motte and Chamonix.
If you have a little more time and don’t mind venturing further afield then other great spots include Paarl and Wellington. There are many excellent wineries to be discovered in this region and the stunning scenery of vineyards and dramatic mountain backdrops is truly something to behold.
Although there is no denying that there is plenty of wonderful stuff to see and do in Cape Town itself, if you enjoy wine and seeing the countryside then there is nothing better than seeing what the rest of the country has to offer with a trip to the Cape Town winelands. For more information visit mydestinationinfo.com/capetown.
By Amy Baker