Wine production in South Africa dates back to 1659 and today wine is made in more than 340 wine cellars and the Cape wine country extends over a huge area. Cape Town is the gateway to the five main South African winelands and each has its own wine route where visitors are always welcome.A tour of the winelands makes a perfect day trip from Cape Town, but to really savour the area a stay of a day or two in the region is recommended.
Stellenbosch is renowned for its Cape Dutch architecture and tree lined streets, and is just a 30 minute drive East of Cape Town.The vineyards stretch up the rolling hills between the Stellenbosch Mountains and the sea and the location is critical to the quality of the wines.
Paarl some 50 km from Cape Town lies on the banks of the Berg River Valley at the foot of the Paarl Mountains surrounded by lush countryside. This attractive town has many historic mansions, beautiful gardens and tree lined streets.
Franschhoek was first settled by French Huguenots in the 17th century who brought their wine making skills to the region and the French influence persits today.Set in a picturesque valley an hours drive from Cape Town Franschhoek offers a range of wines to accompany fine French cuisine.
Le Quartier Francais is a splash of style in the heart of the historic village of Franschhoek, a quaint corner of the Cape Winelands that is forever a little French. The 21 spacious rooms are air conditioned and stylishly furnished with modern fittings and a vibrant selection of fabrics. The two Auberge suites have separate living rooms and private plunge pools with twin childrens bed in the lo...
Country pursuits and fresh mountain air…fine cuisine and superb wines…Mont Rochelle (previously La Couronne) promises a stay that will be both invigorating and relaxing. Its enchanting setting in a picturebook valley deep in the heart of Cape wine country provides stunning vistas in every direction - from the blue mountains to the verdant vineyards. Part of the Virgin Limited Edition Hotel Group, ...
Discerning travellers will appreciate the understated opulence inherent in every aspect of this haven of luxurious accommodation and fine dining. The beauty of its backdrop – the vineyards and mountains of the Franschhoek Valley – are more than matched by the elegance of the hotel, so while activities such as golf, fishing and wine-tasting can be arranged, perhaps the best activity of all is to si...
Enjoy the ultimate South African adventure by combining a stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve with a break at the luxurious Mont Rochelle hotel. The former is the epitome of safari chic, with incredible access to local wildlife as well as luxurious amenities. Mont Rochelle is set in the Cape wine country,...
A historic Cape Dutch farm set in the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley, Babylonstoren dates back to 1690 with gardens inspired by the 17th and 18th century Company Gardens of the Dutch East India Company. Babylonstoren comprises 14 cottages strung out along the gardens and vineyards and each echos the Cape Dutch farm buildings with outer walls whitewashed and decorated with ornate gabl...
Set in a picturesque valley, flanked by the Huguenot Mountains the Franschhoek Country House offers peace and relaxation in beautiful surroundings. The restored manor house which dates from 1890, is situated on the outskirts of town surrounded by vineyards and features 14 individually designed deluxe and luxury rooms. There are additionally 12 new Provencal style villa suites with two balconies, ...
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