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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.


Stellenbosch 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.


The 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.


In 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

The Last Word Franschhoek

The Franschhoek

The Last Word Franschhoek is a very small, smart boutique hotel in tranquil surroundings in the heart of Franschhoek. With only six rooms it promises personal attention.

95% (24 reviews)
Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Français is a boutique hotel with beautiful rooms and a great restaurant conveniently located on Franschhoek’s main street.

96% (14 reviews)
La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme

A comfortable, elegant guesthouse, La Petite Ferme offers a broad range of accommodation in a stunning vineyard setting.

98% (13 reviews)


Babylonstoren is beautiful property located on a stunning working wine farm between Franschhoek and Paarl, and is surrounded by vineyards and the Drakenstein Mountains.

98% (9 reviews)
Oude Werf

Oude Werf

Located in the historic heart of Stellenbosch, the Oude Werf is a lovely hotel and a good base for exploring the South Africa’s Winelands.

83% (6 reviews)
Angala Boutique Hotel

Angala Boutique Hotel

Angala Boutique Hotel is a luxurious, contemporary guesthouse in the heart of the Cape Winelands – between Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch.

100% (2 reviews)
Lanzerac Hotel

Lanzerac Hotel

The Lanzerac Hotel is a historic Cape Dutch manor house and winery that has been turned into an opulent hotel offering some of the regions finest accommodation and first-rate cuisine.

80% (1 review)

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