The Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands

South Africa is today one of the major producers and exporters of wines worldwide.

The Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Constantia, Paarl and Wellington

Wines have been produced in the Cape Winelands since the middle of the 17th century, making South Africa the oldest wine producing region outside of Europe and the Mediterranean.  The first vineyard was planted by Jan van Riebeeck at the Cape in 1655, and in early 1659, the first wine was pressed.  South Africa has now become one of the major producers and exporters of wines worldwide. 

Grapes on a vineThe climate here is ideal for the cultivation of vines - cool winters with plenty of rain, followed by long summer days to help ripen the grapes.  The mountain slopes and valleys not only provide a dramatic background, but also form the ideal habitat for the wine grape. 

The major wine producing areas in the region are around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington and Constantia, with literally scores of vineyards and wine estates. There are well established wine routes in each of the major areas which take in a wide range of wine estates, many of which have daily wine tastings, cellar tours, and restaurants serving lunches which are open daily to anyone passing by - but do check first, as some of the smaller wine estates are open by appointment only.

Slightly further afield, but still only a 2 hour drive from Cape Town, you will find Swellendam and the wineries of the Robertson Wine Valley.  Although not 'strictly' in the Cape Winelands, the Robertson Wine Valley is home to many fine wineries, and is fast becoming the new hero of South African wines.

The Cape WinelandsWhichever wine region you choose to visit, staying a couple of nights here will give you the chance to either search out the labels you are familiar with from home or to go on a voyage of discovery and find new favourites, as well as taking time to explore the many other attractions on offer. 

The classic Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian style architecture around the area are some of the oldest surviving in South Africa, in particular in Stellenbosch, which has some of the best examples of Cape Dutch architecture in the country.

Being so close to Cape Town, the Winelands really are a wonderful place to spend your last few nights in South Africa, if flying home from Cape Town International Airport.


Kleine Zalze

Lodge / Inn

Guest Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

Tucked away under centuries old oak trees, Kleine Zalze offers panoramic mountain views, overlooking vineyards and a world class golf course. This 4* lodge forms part of the Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, which offers award-winning wines, as well as the magnificent Terroir restaurant featuring Provencal classics blended with some local influence and traditionsChildren are welcome and they will find lots of things to do in the extensive gardens and playground.



Summerwood Guest House

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

This unique mansion, originally built in 1904, was designed by an Italian architect and has been lovingly restored and furnished to make your stay here extremely comfortable and enjoyable. If you are looking for peace and quiet, then Summerwood is the place to come.



La Fontaine

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 based on 25 ratings

Situated in a quiet street just a few minutes stroll to the many excellent restaurants in the village centre, La Fontaine offers guests comfortable and individually decorated en-suite rooms. The suites, which are set in the peaceful garden, are ideal for families.



Oude Werf Hotel


Guest Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings

Since 1802, the Oude Werf Hotel, the oldest inn in South Africa (and formerly called d'Ouwe Werf Hotel), has been welcoming guests with its unique charm and character. The 50 individually decorated en-suite bedrooms and apartments combine traditional Old Cape atmosphere with modern comforts and conveniences, and beautiful authentic antiques and faithfully copied reproductions are in all the rooms.



The Spier Hotel


Guest Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings

The Spier Hotel comprises 32 double-storey buildings grouped around 6 private courtyards, each with its own pool and entertainment area. It offers guests 155 spacious rooms, all simply, yet elegantly, appointed in traditional country style.



Devon Valley Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Hidden away in a shady, green and peaceful corner of the Stellenbosch Winelands lies the Devon Valley Hotel. Throughout its history, dating back to 1947, the hotel has rewarded visitors with an oasis of relaxation.



Protea Hotel Franschhoek


Guest Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

The Protea Hotel Franschhoek overlooks the majestic mountains and famous vineyards of the historical village of Franschhoek. The hotel has a rich history, with one section dating back to the 1880s.

Protea Hotel Franschhoek: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2
Valid:   1 April 2014  -  30 September 2014.


River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

River Manor with its National Monument status comprises of 2 historical houses across from the Eerste River and within walking distance to the village.Each of the 16 rooms have been stylishly furnished with antiques and are equipped with modern conveniences.



Protea Hotel Dorpshuis & Spa

Boutique Hotel

The elegant Victorian Protea Hotel Dorpshuis & Spa Hotel in Stellenbosch is a fusion of vintage and modern sophistication.  Within walking distance to the centre of Stellenbosch, the hotel offers a classic ambience and quiet atmosphere, and guests areas include an antique lounge with a log fire and deep sofas.



Residence Klein Oliphants Hoek

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 based on 13 ratings

Renata Gaggio welcomes guests to this lovely renovated 1888 Missionary station, which has an elegant yet homely ambiance. There are 8 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms and suites, some of which open onto private patios and gardens, and one which has its own private sun deck.





Situated on the Fransche Hoek Wine Estate, L'Ermitage offers 5* hotel accommodation in the luxurious form of chateaus and villas. Chateau suites offer a truly decadent experience.



Le Franschhoek Hotel


Guest Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings

The impeccably appointed Le Franschhoek Hotel offers unequalled views of the spectacular Franschhoek Mountains located in the equally splendid world famous vineyards of the Western Cape. Le Franschhoek follows the architectural style of the Cape Winelands.



Akademie Guest Houses

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

Vreugde Guest House has a small kitchenette and French doors that open onto a wide verandah with a beautiful garden and small pool.The large and spacious Uitsig Suite is completely separate, and has its own balcony with lovely views.



Franschhoek Country House & Villas


Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 12 ratings

The original Franschhoek Country House offers a choice of accommodation, including the charming Standard Rooms, Luxury Rooms and Garden Cottages. Whichever you choose, the accommodation on offer is designed with your comfort and luxury experience in mind.



La Petite Ferme

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings

At La Petite Ferme, within the interlacing of garden pathways, guests will find a choice of luxury guest suites and lakeside lodges, each with its own signature decor and full en-suite bathroom, are elegantly poised on the mountainside, overlooking the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards and the valley below. This combination of 5* luxury and home comforts offers a private plunge pool and veranda with panoramic views, a lounge with fireplace, a mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, under-floor heating and television.



Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards


Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

Nestled on the slopes of the majestic Franschhoek Mountains, the 5* Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards (formerly La Couronne) is a Cape-Dutch style property, which has won many awards for its accommodation, wines and restaurant. The property offers 16 bedrooms amd 6 suites, which span over 3 separate wings, giving guests the privacy and atmosphere of a boutique hotel.



Lanzerac Manor


Guest Rating: 2.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

Exclusivity is the key to an unforgettable stay here.For this reason, accommodation is limited to 48 spacious rooms, including 5 Junior Suites, the luxurious Royal Pool Suite with its own private swimming pool and the Presidential Suite.



The Last Word Franschhoek

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

Six luxurious double rooms, each with their own traditional Cape charm, open onto private patios and small, shaded gardens. All have marbled en-suite bathrooms, and air-conditioning and satellite TV.

The Franschhoek: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2
Valid:   1 April 2014  -  20 December 2014.


Le Quartier Francais


Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

Guests can choose from a range of accommodation. The Auberge Rooms are all individually styled, and the Grande Rooms are ideal for honeymooners.



La Residence

Boutique Hotel

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

La Residence lies at the heart of a private 30-acre working farm, complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam and fragrant manicured gardens. The majestic mountains that surround the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, provide enchanting views in every direction.



The Cape Winelands

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