Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Climate: Sub tropical Mediterranean climate with mild wet winters (Jun – Aug) and hot dry Summers (Nov – Mar) – best time to visit: Mar – Jun or Sept – Nov.
Typical Landscape: Beautiful Dutch architecture, rolling hills, vineyards
The Winelands in South Africa now boast some of the world’s most famous wines and to see these wines in production, as well as taste them, is fantastic. This area of South Africa is incredibly scenic and best done by self drive. The Winelands are set in valleys full of fine wine estates offering wine tasting and cellar tours, not to mention some of South Africa’s most prestigious and hidden restaurants.
Homely farmhouse accommodation and hospitality makes this area attractive and welcoming to wine enthusiasts or those simply wanting to relax in one of Africa’s most breathtaking areas.
Stellenbosch is at the heart of the wine country and is the second oldest town famous for its beautiful Cape Dutch architecture. Franschhoek is the town originally settled by the Huguenots and is renowned for its many restaurants and delicious cuisine. Paarl is another area famous for being home to the KWV cellars, the largest in the world.
Wine tasting, cellar tours, wine estate picnics and hiking in the scenic mountains are all strongly recommended. Many of the homesteads you will stay in have historic tales and common routes include the Constantia Valley, Little Karoo and Olifants River Wine Routes.Show Less