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The Winelands

Incredible tasting tours, world-class cuisine and picturesque scenery

The jewel of the Western Cape, South Africa’s winelands were first founded by European settlers in the late 17th century. Today incredible tasting tours, world-class cuisine and the picturesque scenery make this region an irresistible attraction for travellers to South Africa.

A short drive from Cape Town lie the valleys of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, collectively known as ‘The Winelands’. Here you can sample some of the finest wines South Africa has to offer whilst taking in the broad valleys, towering mountains, flourishing vineyards and architecture of the region.

Stellenbosch is considered the heart of the wine country and home to many of the major vineyards. It also boasts the country’s oldest wine route. As well as award-winning vintages, Stellenbosch is renowned for the beautiful Cape Dutch architecture found throughout the Western Cape. Discover these classic white-washed buildings as you wander down the town’s oak-lined streets.

For a more relaxed pace head to the small village of Franschhoek. It was here that French Huguenots settled over 300 years ago and whose legacy still endures today in the names of the vineyards. Enjoy gastronomic delights in world renowned restaurants as well as the outstanding wine estates that Franschhoek has to offer.

Paarl is South Africa’s third oldest town and, though small, boasts some of the best wineries to be found in the Western Cape. With hot, dry summers and cold winters this scenic town is blessed with the perfect climate to produce a diverse array of wine varieties.  

 To start planning your very own luxury tailor-made trip to The Winelands in South Africa get in touch with a member of our team.

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