Cape Winelands

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Cape Winelands
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Cape Winelands
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Overview

The Western Cape is a place known for its abundance of quality wine and the Cape, in particular, is intrinsically tied to the vine. Nowhere is this truer than in the Cape Winelands, a region overflowing with award-winning vintages and home to a number of world class vine- yards.

Towns such as Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington and Rob- ertson are now iconic in terms of the wine they produce and together they produce wine that is as diverse as it is bountiful. Set aside plenty of time if you visit the Cape Winelands, because you will never cover it in a day...

Don't miss

Franschhoek’s first authentic Indian restaurant, Marigold specialises in a variety of Indian dishes, from fragrant curries and briyanis to succulent meat cooked in the charcoal tandoor. Marigold head chef Vanie Padayachee has created something really special here, and best you bring your appetite, because you will want to sample everything. The wine list here – as you would expect from a Franschhoek restaurant – is extensive, while Tuk Tuk beer is also available on the menu, with Marigold also forming part of the Leeu Collection. We recommend the sharing menu, which will allow you try everything on the menu, while still allowing you to move afterwards!

How to get there

Stellenbosch is about 45 minutes' drive from Cape Town with Franschhoek being just over an hours' drive. You can get to the Cape Winelands quick and easily by car, or even hire an Uber if you do not have access to a vehicle.

Many wine tours also offer transport to and from Cape Town as well so make sure to check with your provider.

Useful tips

If you are stuck on time and don't have  days to explore the Cape Winelands but would still like to enjoy the full experience, hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

The tour includes stops at eight prominent wine farms from the Franschhoek Wine Valley and you can hop on and off as you please for either a wine tasting or decadent lunch. You can also request transport to and from Cape Town which makes the process easy and convenient.

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Top attractions in Cape Winelands

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Creation tasting experience
Delicious wines, decadent food and glorious views are what you can expect from your visit to Creation in the Cape Overberg’s Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Although each of these is, of course, a pleasure in itself, we encourage you to try one of the winery’s incredible Tasting Room experiences.
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1Creation tasting experience
2Franschhoek Wine Tram
3Groot Constantia
4Cupcakes and Wine, Delheim
5Groote Post
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Franschhoek Wine Tram
If you’re not from the Western Cape, or well-versed in the wine estates of the Cape Winelands, wine tasting can be a bit daunting. Where do you go? How will you be able to drive afterwards? What are the best estates to visit?
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1Creation tasting experience
2Franschhoek Wine Tram
3Groot Constantia
4Cupcakes and Wine, Delheim
5Groote Post
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Groot Constantia
South Africa has a vibrant wine culture, and nothing represents that better than Groot Constantia. The oldest and most historic wine estate in the country, and just 30 minutes from the Cape Town city centre, it is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
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1Creation tasting experience
2Franschhoek Wine Tram
3Groot Constantia
4Cupcakes and Wine, Delheim
5Groote Post
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Cupcakes and Wine, Delheim
Back in 1976, Delheim was the very first winery in South Africa to produce a Pinotage Rosé, and it’s been a hit ever since. Fittingly this lovely pink wine is first in line with their smashing gourmet cupcake pairing.
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1Creation tasting experience
2Franschhoek Wine Tram
3Groot Constantia
4Cupcakes and Wine, Delheim
5Groote Post
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Groote Post
Groote Post is one of the oldest estates in the country. It was founded in 1808 as an enormous farm on the Cape West Coast that largely supplied fruit, vegetables and livestock to the Dutch East India Company. It has been a colonial outpost, agricultural experiment and a manor home for many families over the past two centuries
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1Creation tasting experience
2Franschhoek Wine Tram
3Groot Constantia
4Cupcakes and Wine, Delheim
5Groote Post

Cape Winelands Itineraries

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A three-day road trip through the Swartland
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A two-day foodie experience in and around Franschhoek
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Nathan Fluellen's four-day food, wine and adventure itinerary
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Spas in the Cape Winelands

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