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Tasting different wines.
Lots of wine farms and restaurants. Perfect for any tourist.
The beauty and wine!
Visiting the wine farms, mountain biking, trail running and hiking on the farms and in the reserves, eating at the gourmet restaurants on the wine farms.
The scenery is stunning, lushes and the people are friendly.
There is quite a large set of wine farms situated all over Franschhoek, with a large selection of wines and great food to accompany it. I do suggest doing some reading of specific wine farms you would like to visit, as once you arrive there are so many it is hard to choose!
The wine in Cape Winelands.
Wine farms, mountain views, travels.
The stunningly beautiful Cape Winelands region consists of 5 main wine-producing areas; Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington and Helderberg. These fertile valleys were recognised by Dutch and French Huguenots as far back as the 1680s as ideal for wine making, and they applied their vast knowledge of viticulture and vinification to create what is today one of South Africa’s largest industries.
Due to oversupply and the establishment of cooperatives in the early 1900s the local wine industry suffered, however, following the launch of South Africa’s Pinotage varietal in 1961, the making of quality wines has improved to a point where Cape Winelands products are now sold and enjoyed around the world.
But the Cape Winelands area is not only about the nectar of the Gods, this region is renowned for its natural beauty and a magnet for outdoor leisure seekers. Visitors and residents frequent the open air markets, dine at the sprawling and modern wine farms and swim, hike and cycle amongst the mountains and valleys that make up the Cape Winelands.
Top 10 reasons to visit the Cape Winelands
1. A Wine tasting tour should top your list. Begin by travelling the wine route where it all started in 1971, via the Spier, Delheim and Simonsig wine estates and the many others in between. Several estates offer unique food pairings with their range of wines.
2. Take a trip along the scenic Helshoogte pass from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek. Stop at the berry farm on the ridge to sample their farm fresh produce then visit the Pniël Moravian mission station before entering Franschhoek.
3. While in Franschhoek, take the wine tram to enjoy wine tasting and a superb lunch at one of the wine estates. Spend time walking through the pretty town to reach the interesting Huguenot memorial.
4. Join a tour on the Paarl historic walk that takes the... Show more