Cape Winelands

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Cape Winelands

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Description

"Wine lover or not, no trip to the Western Cape would be complete without experiencing the exquisite elegance of the Cape Winelands. Maturing for more than 350 years, Cape wines have been internationally recognized and have been commended by the prestigious World Wine Awards as producing some of the best white and red wine in the world.

From Stellenbosch, to Paarl and Franschhoek, the picturesque landscapes are charmingly antique. Shades of earth fill the scene with deep dark forest greens, moss, pine, sap and light greens stretching out across the lands delicately spaced seriesed vines, contrasting sharply against the backdrop of elevated valley mountains.

Experience the history of South African wines and the culture that surrounds it; explore the many charming antique estates with their Cape Dutch architecture blending seamlessly into the beauty of nature. Sample the large selection of Estate wines and learn about the varied tastes while on tour. Drift into a state of marvel and bliss as you rise above the ground and sweep across the vast country side in a hot air balloon.

Obviously, where there is award winning wine, there is exquisite dining and the Cape Winelands do not fall short on amazing dining experiences. Fine dining is a part of life in the winelands and with such a large collection of chic, classy and succulent venues to choose from, you are truly spoilt with choice.

Access Details

From Cape Town city centre, travel north on the N1 highway for about 40 minutes to reach the Paarl wine region, or drive east on the N2 for 40 minutes into the lush lands of Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Suggested Stay Details

The Winelands can be covered in a day tour from Cape Town, but it is well worth spending a couple of nights in the area to experience all its splendor and character.

Type of Experience

WINE AND CUISINE: The architecture of the Cape Winelands possesses unrivaled beauty. Known as Cape Dutch, the designs originated in the 17th century and can still be visited today. Whitewashed gables are a keeper of the areas past with stone houses and thatched roofs. The atmosphere is thick with a reminiscent air of historic and cultural vigour.

Cobble stoned foot paths are surrounded by majestic scenes of oak trees; water features flow calmly and lead you to quaint little cafês or luxurious dining venues. Gourmet food is paired perfectly with award winning wines for your pleasure as you unwind with the soft sounds of nature and the serenity she offers.

Infrastructure

The Cape Winelands is an area of wealth. It is surrounded by edens of perfection and exquisite luxury. Overlooked by the deep blue roughed mountains, the untarnished antique countryside has always been a place renowned not only for the wine, but also the unrivaled beauty of nature.

Monumental 18th century Cape Dutch masterpieces, Victorian luxury guest houses and dynamic country hotels are all offered to you. Country living has never been this grand with history and culture blending into sophistication and exclusivity.

Geography

The scenery of land sweeps over from verdant valleys, rolling in hills and overflows with lushly spaced vineyards. The entire region is surrounded and sloped by mountainous backdrops of light blues and deep purples.

History

Famous explorer and founder of Cape Town, Jan van Riebeek introduced the art of and produced the first wine on the 2nd February 1659. Since then the fine wines of the Cape have gained both international recognition and prestigious awards. Constantia, which lies within the Cape Town metropole, was cultivated as a wine estate in 1685 thanks to Governor Simon van der Stel.

The fame of South African wines was solidified thanks to Hendrik Cloete and since then Constantia has been regarded as one of the rivals of the world’s finest wines. Preferred by Napoleon and many European royalties in the 18th century, Vin de Constance is still being made on Klein Constantia Estate for you pleasure.

The quaint towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek were founded by French Huguenots in 1679 and 1688, respectively. With the arrival of these French Huguenots they brought refined knowledge of viticulture, influencing South African wine to this day.

To this day our wines are world class, winning accolades like the 2009 World Wine Awards for red and white single varietal categories. Prestigious and drunk by some of the world’s most well know personalities; both Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama celebrated with the South African Graham Beck Brut NV to commemorate turn of the century occasions.

Activities & Highlights

"WINE TOUR: Big, full and velvety reds to clean clear and brilliant whites full of character, we have it all; from chardonnay, franc and blanc to rosê, shiraz and pinotage. Visit some of the most interesting cellars, including the

KWV Cellar which is the world’s largest, and learn the art of winemaking. The tours offer a wide selection of delicious Estate Wines to sample and after sipping and spitting, we are sure you will be tempted to purchase a few bottles to enjoy leisurely. Do not forget to save some for the cellar though.

FINE DINING: The little towns and farmlands of the Cape Winelands are synonymous with elegance and fine dining. No matter what your flavour, you will definitely find something delectable and uniquely African. Each and every street in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch is scattered with cafês, bistros and stylishly lavish restaurants.

Franschhoek’s Le Quartier Franá���ۡais has been listed as on of the World Top 50 Restaurants, as well has being graced with a Platinum Award for wine. The gastronomic delights are tucked away and guided by nature’s beauty for you to discover. "



Season Travel Details

Cape Winelands has a Mediterranean climate, with hot dry summers, reaching high temperatures of 40°C (104�F) in February and March. Winters are cool, rainy and sometimes quite windy, with daytime temperatures averaging 16°C (60�F). Spring and autumn are shoulder seasons and daytime temperatures hover in the 20°C's (low 70�F’s).

Bartholomeus Klip

Bartholomeus Klip

Greenlife Safaris offers the opportunity to experience gracious Cape country living while discovering some of the rich local natural heritage at Bartholomeus Klip.

Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa

Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa

Steeped in history, surrounded by the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains and neighbouring the magnificent Erinvale Golf Course, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa offers a peaceful and memorable stay with Greenlife Safaris.

Grande Roche Hotel

Grande Roche Hotel

Greenlife Safari’s luxurious Grande Roche Hotel is situated in the Paarl Winelands, set against the backdrop of a rugged mountain range and surrounded by ancient oaks and historic vineyards.

Le Franschhoek Hotel

Le Franschhoek Hotel

Le Franschhoek captures the essence of a 5 star luxury country hotel. This impeccably appointed Greenlife Safaris property offers unequalled views of the spectacular Franschhoek Mountains and vineyards of the Western Cape.

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Francais is an exquisite Auberge in the heart of the Cape winelands, in the historic town of Franschhoek.

CLOSED FROM 19 JUNE TO 15 JULY 2016 FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE.

Mont Rochelle Hotel

Mont Rochelle Hotel

Mont Rochelle Hotel is not far from Cape Town. This Greenlife Safaris property is located in a beautiful green valley, where tall mountains give way to rolling vineyards below.

Best of South Africa

Explore the world within one country; South Africa boasts some of the most magnificent landscapes, unrivaled biodiversity with great wilderness areas and wildlife. Experience the true hospitality of this land of many cultures ranging from modest rural communities to flamboyant cosmopolitan city scapes.

These journeys are designed to give first time travelers a great blend of experiences combining a wildlife safari to encounter the big five, some historical and cultural opportunities to give you an insight into the diverse society and a chance to immerse yourself into the wonderful South African lifestyle. Enjoy fine cuisine and excellent wine, soak up the sun on the pristine Cape beaches or shop to your heart content.

South Africa has so much to offer. It is a destination for many visits and it is our recommendation to rather experience quality than quantity and avoid lengthy time consuming travel between multiple areas but to rather focus on a few special places and get the most from your stay.


Family Safari

Due to the risk of malaria in the Lowveld and the sub-tropical areas in southern Africa, it is a concern traveling with young children and mothers to be. There are however some excellent malaria free alternatives that offer a great safari opportunity without any health treats to the family.

An African bush holiday is one of the greatest journeys to share with young impressionable children. Exploring and encountering the wildlife together is an important part of each person’s development and provides for a lifelong bonding experience for a family. They become aware of the environment and break away from the world of wifi and multimedia entertainment, developing their skills to observe and hone their senses.

We offer a variety of family safari options which combine various wildlife rich habitats with excellent chances to encounter the big 5, (Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard and Lion) plus the rest of the animals synonymous with Africa. Our selections of establishments are geared for family hospitality, ensuring safety with children friendly facilities and services.

Our family orientated vacations combine safaris with exploring other exciting destinations in South Africa. It is a superb self-drive country allowing total flexibility for sightseeing and travelling at your own pace. Adding a stay at one of our beach locations is a great finale to the African holiday.


Highlights of Southern Africa

The southern sub region of Africa is one of the richest places on earth. It is packed with spectacular scenery, unrivalled biodiversity, amazing year-round weather and vibrant cultural multiplicity.

There is a great regional travel network with both scheduled and charter flights conveniently linking destinations. From the arid western shores to the tropical eastern coast and Indian Ocean Islands, here lies an endless world of adventure, wilderness and nature.

If time is a factor and you want to focus your holiday on a combination of top destinations which afford you a good perspective of southern Africa, we have blended journeys that take in the very best into a selection of highlight packages. These itineraries include the best wildlife location, natural spectacles like Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and the Namib Desert including visits to Cape Town.

No matter what your interest is, it is our speciality to tailor journeys in the region that fits your pace and budget. Let us inspire you!


Multiple Countries

For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other.

Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture.

Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time.

Let us plan your itinerary to most efficiently use the best travel options available to make your journey more comfortable and cost efficient.


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