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Wineland wandering – a guide to the Cape’s winelands

Dec 3, 2019, Author: Hello Joburg

With numerous flights leaving both Joburg and Pretoria for Cape Town on a daily basis, a visit to the renowned Cape Winelands is all but farfetched.  


When you look at the broad Cape region, there are countless wine farms and wine regions to choose from. If you’re a wine lover like we are, you’d know very well that one day in the winelands is not nearly enough. In addition to the world-class wines on offer, you are also spoiled with magnificent scenery (with various different terroirs) and some of the best wining and dining experiences not only in South Africa, but in the world.  

The Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch wine regions are some of the most well-known regions of the Cape, boasting hundreds of wine farms. Your most difficult decision when it comes to planning your winelands trip might just be choosing which wine farms to visit. Whether you’re looking for something elegant and modern or whether you’re looking to dig into history’s pages, you’ll find wine farms catering to all your dreams and demands.  


The Stellenbosch wine region is divided into different wine routes including the Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Hills and Bottelary Hills. The Greater Simonsberg route boasts wine farms like Quoin Rock, Muratie, Tokara, Simonsig, Kanonkop, Delheim and more. Taking the Stellenbosch Berg route will bring you to farms like Waterford, Lanzerac, Blaauwklippen and Kleine Zalze where the Helderberg is known for wineries like Rust en Vrede, Uva Mira, Ernie Els, Lourensford, Vergenoegd and more. Stellenbosch Hills boast farms like Spier and JC le Roux and a visit to the Bottelary Hills will allow you to experience wineries like Nietvoorbij, Beyerskloof, Koopmanskloof and more.  



Except for the village’s rich history and its charm, Franschhoek is also known for the world-class wineries surrounding it. Boschendal Wines and Haute Cabrière need no introduction and nor does La Motte, Grande Provence Heritage Estate or Leopard’s Leap. Babylonstoren and Val de Vie also fall under this region and if you’re keen on exploring a visit to Anthonij Rupert Wines and its Franschhoek Motor Museum is definitely a must. In addition to this museum, Franschhoek also boasts the Drakenstein Prison Mandela Statue and the Huguenot Monument.  


At the edge of the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve lies the small town, Paarl – its streets lined with oak trees and heritage buildings. Well-known wine farms like Nederburg,  Avondale, Simonsvlei, Glen Carlou, Backsberg, Laborie and KWV call this home. Fairview, another one of the many wine farms in this region is also where you’ll get to experience the popular spice route – a sensory experience of note.  

You see, not even three days will do the trick! 


By Renate Engelbrecht

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