About the Winelands
The winelands, situated below the spectacular Boland Mountains only 50 minutes from the city, boast the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek on the Western Cape.
Explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture – all part of this unique “Town of Oaks”.
Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning “French Corner” as it was founded by French Huguenots who fled Europe and were seeking a secluded hide-out. They found it in the fertile valley of Franschhoek and this heritage is showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum. The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved as restrictions have been placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the spirit of the original settlers. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.
Don’t forget to include your very own exclusive epicurean and wellness experiences and tours
on your vacation and safari journey!
• Private Cellar Master Wine Tastings
• Beer Brewing
• Blending Your Own Private Wine
• Interactive Chef Tables
• Outdoor Yoga
• Organic Eating
• Peaceful Sanctuaries
• Winelands Motivated Cleanses
• Exploring the Wineries by Foot, Tram & Bike
• Every Type of Wine Pairing Under the Sun
• The Smell of the Country & Log Fires
• Pinotage & Chenin Blanc