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).

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