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The Winelands

The Cape Winelands are an easy drive from Cape Town and the dramatic mountains surround an array of working vineyards, elegant Cape Dutch Estates and towns boasting top restaurants. This area is known as the gourmet centre of South Africa.

Sample some of the regions award winning wine, stroll through exquisitely manicured gardens or explore a variety of shops, art galleries and antique shops in the oak-lined streets of the local towns. You can even go wine tasting on horseback!

Franschhoek is an utterly charming little town with French Hugenot heritage and certainly offers the best restaurants that are home to some of South Africa's top chefs. Historic Stellenbosch is a buzzing university town full of history and Cape Dutch buildings and is surrounded by approximately 200 vineyards.

Paarl lies nestled amongst vineyards laden with the harvest's finest offerings, and further afield are the wine areas of Robertson, Tullbagh, Wellington and Hemel-en-Aarde.

Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198

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The Winelands experiences a Mediterranean, sub-tropical climate with hot and usually dry summers (from December to February), and cold and wet winters (from June to August). Read More

The Winelands experiences a Mediterranean, sub-tropical climate with hot and usually dry summers (from December to February), and cold and wet winters (from June to August). The winter months can experience heavy rains, strong northwesterly winds and low temperatures, but the winter doesn't preclude wine-tasting and many of the indoor venues are warm and cosy during the cold months.

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What's On

 

February - Stellenbosch Wine Festival

 

May - Franschhoek Literary Festival

The Franschhoek Motor Museum with lunch or dinner at Le Petite Colombe

From €7/person (+ local costs)
The Winelands

Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum, to see the magnificent collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and auto memorabilia on display which are all in mint condition, housing more than 100 years of motoring history. The specific automobiles selected for display are alternated to keep things interesting, making return visits a must.

Our top tip is to go for a chauffeured vintage car ride on the L’Ormarins Estate and if you book 2-3 days in advance, you will be emailed a selection of motors from which to choose your ride!

Either beforehand or afterwards, have lunch or dinner at La Petite Colombe (not included). Everything about this 54-seater restaurant oozes timeless elegance - from the background music to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors. In summer months, the foldout doors reveal a sunny patio for lingering lunches, while a toasty central fireplace warms the room in winter.

Transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

To speak to our travel planner please contact us at:

+44 (0) 1993 824 198