The Cape winelands are some of the most breathtakingly beautiful in the world. Several of the wine routes, including Constantia, Durbanville, Darling, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington and Walker Bay, are within an hour or less easy driving distance from Cape Town. Others, like Breedekloof, Worcester, Robertson, the Little Karoo, Tulbagh, the Swartland, Olifants River and the Northern Cape take you on a slightly longer journey through constantly changing and spectacular landscapes.
Fondly dubbed the Mother City, Cape Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and boasts five of the top 10 attractions in South Africa. These include the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Cape Point.
A well-developed infrastructure in the Western Cape includes top-class hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, wellness spas, game lodges and golf courses. The various wine routes offer a wide variety of activities, from horseback trails to mountain biking and hiking. The Cape has the best land-based whale watching in the world. Unspoilt beaches, fynbos, spring flowers and abundant birdlife are also among the natural attractions.
Gracing many of the Cape’s historic wine farms and towns you’ll find well-preserved examples of the charming Cape Dutch architecture which flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries. The homes have distinctive gables, thatched roofs and thick lime-washed walls.
Cape Kontrei Cuisine
A celebration of the Regional Food of the Cape Winelands
Great Wine Capitals of the World
Access the GWC website
Wine Tourism Handbook
Enjoying wine at the source
Links to the Cape’s diverse wine routes