WinelandsAbout 27 years after Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape, the fertile agricultural area bordering the Eerste River (meaning "first" river they came upon), was named Stellenbosch. The potential for vines and wine making was evident and skilled vintners were sent to the area. To this day Stellenbosch remains world-renowned for the quality of its wines. Besides its flourishing wine industry, Stellenbosch, with its University, is also an internationally recognized education centre. With buildings reflecting three centuries of architecture, including Dutch, Georgian and Victorian, this historical town with its oak-lined streets is a hub of culture.
Breathtaking natural scenery, a longstanding cultural heritage and world-class wine-producing estates characterise the Cape Winelands. Its 18 “official” wine routes, and 2 brandy routes, are among the most scenic in the world. This includes the Route 62 wine route, said to be the world's longest wine route.
The largest wine producing region in the Western Cape, the winelands with its many historic wine estates, is characterised by classic Cape Dutch-style buildings and massive vineyards which date back centuries and are bordered by the Hottentots Holland and Franschhoek mountains and in the North by the Wemmershoekberg. Its largest towns are Paarl, Worcester, Stellenbosch and Wellington.
The Winelands are not only about vineyards and wine tasting – it has some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery and Cape Dutch architecture. Drive or walk around the interesting shops in Stellenbosch town, visit the Butterfly Sanctuary, pick your own strawberries on a strawberry farm, or stroll the romantic Franschhoek Village. A new addition to the attractions in Franschhoek is the wine-tram (an old fashioned tram which takes you on a wine tasting trip to several wine farms).
Decide to drive on your own on a winelands and wine tasting tour, or ask us to organise a guided winelands tour.so you can relax or let your hair down!