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Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as 'The Winelands'.

European settlement

The area was first opened up by European settlers in 1679 when Governor van der Stel founded Stellenbosch. As well as the pretty towns, the Winelands is also a stunningly beautiful region, where broad undulating valleys wind between towering mountains, dusted with snow in the winter months and blessed by endless sun in summer.

Cape Dutch architecture

As you drive over dramatic passes, isolated farmsteads, classic whitewashed examples of Cape Dutch architecture, can be glimpsed through manicured rows of green and russet vines that transform the slopes into an eye-catching patchwork.

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Audley Travel specialist Sophie

Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our South Africa specialists on 01993 838 550

Places to visit in the Winelands

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Winelands, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Winelands

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Winelands, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Accommodation choices for the Winelands

We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Winelands. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.