Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you sip world-famous wines. A day in the Cape Winelands typically includes visits to several wineries, so you get a broad sampling of specialties. As you travel between vineyards, you’ll see beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, rolling farmlands, and spectacular mountains.
Highlights of the Cape Winelands include:
- Paarl, home to more than 20 vineyards and best known for its Shiraz. Paarl means “pearl” in Afrikaans and is named after a granite mountain that gives off a pearlescent shine after the rains.
- Franschhoek, an area settled by Huguenots in the seventeenth century and now with 30 wineries. The village of Franschhoek has a charming downtown with flower gardens, art galleries, and chocolatiers.
- Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest European settlement after Cape Town. More than 200 grape growers and vintners are part of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin region. Many of the wineries feature classic Cape Dutch architecture with thatched roofs and stucco walls.
Are you less into wine and more into being in the great outdoors? Because of the beautiful scenery, the Cape Winelands are also a popular spot for hot air ballooning and horseback riding.
Check out our Winelands & Wildlife sample itinerary—which starts with two nights in Cape Town and two nights in Stellenbosch—for one idea how to incorporate a visit to the Winelands on your safari.