The verdant beauty of the Winelands is one of the Cape's most alluring attractions. Indeed, no visit to the region would be complete without exploring its wine routes.
Visitors will find rugged, blue-tinged mountains surrounding green valleys, and charming, historic towns among vineyards and olive groves. Culture lovers can admire traditional Cape Dutch architecture, sip world-class wines and soak up the rich heritage.
Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are the most well-known wine-producing valleys in the region, and are situated within easy reach of each other. Groot Constantia is the oldest wine farm in South Africa and is located within the Mother City itself. Worcester, Tulbagh, Wellington, and Somerset West are some of the region's smaller wine routes.
What's more, travellers can pair their wines with food from some of the country's finest restaurants, browse art galleries and craft shops, visit historic monuments and museums, and enjoy activities such as hiking, horse riding, fly fishing, golf, and paragliding. Food and wine festivals take place throughout the year and are a great introduction to the bewitching charms of the region.