About Cape Winelands
Apart from lucrative businesses for their owners, the estates oﬀer a wide choice of cellars lined with top-class wines, and even a variety of locally produced cheeses, olives, export-quality fruit, and organic produce to sample and buy. The sheer beauty of the Winelands also lures photographers and artists to capture its magnificence, and make for ideal settings to host special occasions. The two must-visit wineries of note, also with their own excellent restaurants, guided tastings and gourmet shops, are Delaire Graﬀ (delaire.co.za) and Fairview (fairview. co.za) which also makes world class cheese. Many estates oﬀer behind-the-scenes tours to showcase the wine-making process, at the end of which you can enjoy some wine tasting and possibly food pairing as well, depending on your choice of tour. There are some, however, that conduct a tour of the wine estate in a safari type game viewing Landrover. At the Waterford Wine Estate (waterfordestate.co.za) guests are driven around the 120-hectare property that is situated on the slopes of the beautiful Helderberg Mountain. This is a particularly scenic drive since the Waterford has chosen to use only half of the total land for the planting of vines, in order to preserve and maintain the natural flora and fauna of the beautiful Blaauwklippen (blue stone) valley. We stop at a picturesque machan-like setting, with the gorgeous mountain backdrop and lush vines till as far as the eyes can see to enjoy some of the signature wines of the estate.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Cape Winelands is from November to March
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Oude Libertas Road
A must do for a Saturday morning, is to go to the Oude Libertas Market on Oude Libertas road, which consists of a variety of food from all over the World that’s been a bit “Stellenbosch-anised” and the best of all is, near the entrance you buy a wine glass, and you can top it up with any wine there after for R30 ($3) while you walk and eat your way through this amazing market. We also spent a day driving threw the city, which is filled with great souvenir shops and history about Stellenbosch.
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch
We stayed at Protea Hotel Stellenbosch, which is centrally located between the Wine a route and City and the highlight of the Protea Hotel in Stellenbosch is the view from your bedroom window, as the hotel is elevated and surrounded by mountains. After tasting all the wines and champagne up for offer, we stopped at Asara Wine Estate and Hotel and had a delicious lunch.
Cape Winelands Home Stays
The Vineyards stretch far and wide and are a famous feature of South African landscape. Wineries are a part of the culture here and wine tasting is a heavenly experience. Most wineries allow a relaxed session of sipping wine at a decent fee. The Bilton Winery and the Boschendal estate are good places to start your wine tasting experience.