Drive just an hour east of Cape Town and you reach vine-woven valleys slotted between great knuckle-like mountains. This is South Africa’s Winelands region, one of the first areas of the country settled by Europeans and a hub for all things food and drink.
The region’s three main towns — Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl — form a triangle that you can easily visit all in one trip. Our South Africa specialists have done so many times, and can give you tips on what to see and do, creating a Winelands itinerary that suits your interests.
It almost goes without saying that wine tasting usually forms a significant part of your stay. Many vineyards offer guided tours and tastings, from smaller boutique wineries to sprawling estates. You can cycle between them or take the Wine Tram from Franschhoek, hopping on and off at different estates as and when you please.
The food scene also thrives here, and many wine estates have their own restaurants where you can enjoy food-and-wine pairings. Alternatively, take a guided food tour of Stellenbosch, sampling everything from biltong (dried cured meat) to koeksisters (a sweet, syrupy pastry).
Stellenbosch is also a good place to explore the region’s history. It’s South Africa’s second-oldest European settlement, established in 1679 by Dutch Governor Simon van der Stel. You can soak up its colonial heritage, from the dazzling-white Cape Dutch buildings to the Victorian and Georgian mansions set along oak-lined streets.
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.
Map of the Winelands
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Places in and around the Winelands
- Franschhoek The Winelands
- Paarl The Winelands
- Stellenbosch The Winelands
- Cape Town 33 miles away
- Constantia 35 miles away
- Hermanus 43 miles away
- The Cape Peninsula 44 miles away
- The Whale Coast 44 miles away
- De Kelders 55 miles away
- The Overberg 64 miles away
- Montagu 66 miles away
- Langebaan 76 miles away
- Swellendam 85 miles away
- Sanbona Game Reserve 91 miles away
- The Cederberg Mountains 93 miles away
- Paternoster 95 miles away
- De Hoop Nature Reserve 99 miles away
- Calitzdorp 158 miles away
- Oudtshoorn & Surrounds 187 miles away
- The Cango Caves & Swartberg Pass 189 miles away
- Wilderness 207 miles away
- The Klein Karoo 227 miles away
- Knysna 234 miles away
- Plettenberg Bay 252 miles away
- Tsitsikamma Forest 273 miles away
- Namaqualand 299 miles away
Our expert guides to exploring the Winelands
Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting the Winelands, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate the Winelands at its best.
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.