|With its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage
and its world-renowned wines - the Winelands Region is synonymous
with all the best that the Cape has to offer.
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A 45-minute drive from Cape Town take you to the Winelands where
splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and
gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history.
Experience the hospitality and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington,
Franschhoek and Robertson in the Breede River Valley.
Visit some of the many wine farms, or stroll down a beautifully
restored street in one of the historical town centres and visit
the museums and monuments that pay homage to our proud history.
The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned. Join
the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the harvest is lovingly
transformed into every wine lover's delight.
The Winelands is the ideal base from which to explore Cape Town
and its surrounding area. Indulge yourself in luxury at one of the
exclusive boutique hotels, or enjoy the hospitality of one of the
many guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments throughout
Many wine farms offer a variety of tranquil and secure accommodation
Only 56 km from Cape Town, Paarl offers historical charm, culture,
architectural heritage, wine and fruit farms, breathtaking scenery
and many cycling and nature trails. Major attractions include Paarl
Mountain (one of the largest solid rocks in the world), the Afrikaans
Language Monument and a treasure house of architecture found along
the 2 km stretch of the Main Street.
Franschhoek is well known for its excellent restaurants, top accommodation
establishments, splendid mountains and openhearted hospitality.
Spend time browsing its many arts-and-craft shops, galleries and
Stellenbosch, the oldest town in the country after Cape Town, is
undoubtedly one of the most scenic and historically-preserved towns
in southern Africa. The town, ideally situated in a magnificent
mountain valley, boasts a mild Mediterranean climate and is the
ideal destination from which to explore the Winelands and the many
tourists attractions that the area has to offer.
Wellington is famous for the panoramic Bain's Kloof Pass, Dried
Fruit shop, picturesque wine estates where wine as well as olive
tastes are offered and well-known leather factories.
Numerous award-winning wines can be tasted in the cellars where
they were developed, the better known being Twee Jonge Gezellen,
Tulbagh Winery, Theuniskraal and Drostdyhof.
The largest wine-producing area under irrigation in South Africa,
Robertson is known for superior wines, some of the country's top
racehorse studs and is well-known as the Garden Town of the Boland
As you travel from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek via the scenic Hellshoogte
Pass, the modest village of Pniel lies on the banks of the Dwars
River in the Drakenstein Valley. This peaceful town with its close-knit
community is well worth a visit.