Winelands: in detail
The Cape's main wine-producing region spreads around the small towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. There are other grape-growing areas in South Africa, but none so old and few so beautiful.
Although the wine ranks amongst the world's best, you don't need to be a connoisseur to drop in for a casual tasting. Welcoming cellar-masters may be exceptions in Europe, but here they are still the rule. Pamper yourself – spend a day touring the vineyards; have lunch on one of the estates; or arrange to have a picnic made up for you, to eat beside one of the area's streams or lakes.
StellenboschStellenbosch is one of South Africa's oldest towns, an important cultural centre with many art galleries, museums showing national and international art collections, and the country's oldest music school.
PaarlThe picturesque town of Paarl stands a simple 40-minute drive from Cape Town. It's said to be South Africa's third-oldest town, rich in history, with beautiful natural surroundings.
FranschhoekIn the heart of the Cape's Winelands, amidst towering mountains lies Franschhoek – a small town, mainly influenced by the Huguenots, who settled here more than 300 years ago. It's a place of fine cuisine, first-class wines, and warm hospitality.
Where to stay in Winelands
Our suggestions for places to stay in Winelands