Yeah, we know that you know that South Africa’s Western Cape brings forth the most exquisite wines. But we cannot have a must see and do top 10 without mentioning the obvious!
You can enjoy these precious little gems with your lunch or dinner anywhere in Cape Town. But to appreciate your glass of dazzling wine even more, visit its birthplace, the wine estate where the grapes were lovingly grown, picked and with passionate mastership turned into a sublime Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot…
The choices are endless. There are countless wine estates in the Western Cape you can visit. Many offer tastings, lunch and breathtaking views. Some boast an impressive art collection, a historic manor or even an signature hammam experience at the spa.
On your wine route you can plan a luxurious get away and spend the night in one of the many elegant estates, so you can enjoy two memorable days in the scenic wineland covering the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl wine routes. Two days filled with exclusive tastings of wine, cheese and even chocolate, interrupted only by amazing lunches in incredible settings. A feast of the senses!
Stellenbosch Wine Route
This is a circular route which leaves Cape Town via the N2 to Helderberg, on to Stellenbosch, up the Helshoogte Pass for amazing panoramic views and via wine farms back down to the N1 or N2. Along the way you might stop at Waterford Wine Estate on the R44 or Rust en Vrede. En route to Stellenbosch you may enjoy lunch in world-class restaurants like Terroir or Overture.
Stroll the street of the historic town of Stellenbosch, with its Cape Dutch houses and browse Oom Samie se Winkel in Dorpstreet. The town’s main street has a wonderful collection of boutiques, superb curio shops, jewelry stores and other treasures that will make the hearts of all girls jump with joy. Take your time before traveling to estates like Delaire Graff, Neethlingshoff and Spier.
Franschhoek Wine Route
Take the N1 and R45 to Franschhoek. You can either stay overnight and cross the spectacular N2 Sir Lowry’s Pass or take the circular route via Stellenbosch on the R310.
Wine estates that are more than worth your while on the route are Babylonstoren with its wonderful eight-acre kitchen garden, where you may have a cup of coffee or even indulge in a signature hammam treatment at the spa, Boschendal with its historic manor house, La Motte Wine Estate with Pierneef à la Motte for a relaxed lunch in the garden and La Petit Ferme also a perfect location for lunch, with its extraordinary views of the valley from the top of the pass.
En route you’ll find antiques at Koöperasie Stores and the Franschhoek Motor Museum with its unique an exciting collection of vehicles from more than 100 years of motoring history. Once in Franschhoek wander throught this quaint village to really take in the atmosphere.
Alternative ways to enjoy the Western Cape wine routes
Wine Routes in an Oldtimer
Of course it is easy to drive the routes yourself. But you can also enjoy them in style. How’s about with a driver in a stunning classic car? Picture yourself in a ’63 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, a 1929 Ford A model or a 1958 Jaguar Mark 8, cruising the land, stopping here and there for an exquisite glass of wine and a delightful lunch. The best part? You can actually drink the first-class wine instead of tasting it and spitting it out! You, after all, have your own driver!
Wine Route on a mountain bike
For the outdoorsy wine lover! A unique combination of mountain biking and exclusive wine tastings in sublime wine estates. Individual tours vary in intensity, distance and added extra’s and are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. There is even a family ride!
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