Come sunshine or rain, visiting the Cape Winelands to do some wine tasting is always a fantastic way to spend your day. Tasting a variety of wines paired with gourmet dishes while enjoying the beautiful scenery makes it one of the most popular activities to experience the true essence of Cape Town.
The most popular towns to visit are Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – the ‘Wineland charmers’. Surrounded by picturesque valleys and mountains, both towns offer a variety of scenic wine routes and tourist attractions.
Stellenbosch Wine Route Attractions
Stellenbosch is a University town nestled in the heart of the Winelands district. Entrenched with a deep-rooted history and boasting streets that are filled with beautiful oak trees, the town also offers a variety of delicious restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and boutiques.
It is the host of South Africa’s oldest wine route and consists of over 300 wine farms divided into a number of sub-routes which include Simonsberg, Helderberg, Bottelary Hills and Stellenbosch Valley.
Tourist Attractions in Franschhoek
Established by the French Hugenotes in the 17th Century, Franschhoek has become a favorite attraction for locals and tourists to experience Cape Town’s little ‘slice of France’. From gourmet restaurants and boutique shops to a number of historical monuments, it also has a vibrant atmosphere that makes the town’s popularity well justified.
Activities to do in Franschhoek include chocolate tasting at Do An Artisanal, visiting museums such as the Huguenot Memoriam, devouring French-inspired dishes at La Petite Dauphine or hopping on the Wine Tram to get a taste of the best international wines and beautiful vineyards this unique district has to offer.
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- Fly above the mountains
- Unmatched natural beauty
- Scenic Lunch
- Delectable coffee tasting
- All gear provided
- Cold when weather is poor
- Terrifying if you suffer from vertigo