A Day in Cape Winelands
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
No trip to the Western Cape is complete without a stop in the Cape Winelands. It's a big region, so it's best to plan in advance and tackle one town at a time. Choose from a range of vineyard styles, from casual working farms, to high-end wine estates. Popular varietals to try include sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc. Visit at the end of January through April to partake in the region's wine harvest festivals.
Dornier Road, Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
The architecture of Dornier's modern cellar and production facility is quite different than the traditional 18th and 19th Century buildings you'll see in the winelands. The pool of water above the wine cellar is an eco-friendly way of helping to...
10 Drostdy Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
While strolling along Stellenbosch’s oak-lined avenues, you’ll come across several boutiques selling everything from jams and baked goods to artisanal crafts. For the best souvenirs, stop into Local Works on Drostdy Street, where...
7 Church Street, Cnr Bird Street & Church Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
As you walk through Stellenbosch’s town center, you’ll probably smell the bread baking at Boschendal at Oude Bank before you even arrive at the café’s main entrance. Owned by Boschendal Farm Estate since early 2017, the...
Boschendal Estate Pniel Road Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680, South Africa
At Boschendal, guests can slow down and savor “Le Pique Nique,” a pre-packed picnic basket that you can order in advance of your visit to the vineyard. When you arrive, collect your wicker basket filled with sweet and savory treats,...
R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, 7603, South Africa
With its wine cellar dating as far back as 1767, Spier is one of the oldest and most well-known wineres in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Not only does this historic estate continue to receive accolads for it's wine, it has also become a hotspot for...
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
Set in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, a long and winding road leads you to your destination - Uva Mira winery. On a clear day, the sweeping 360-degree view extends across the winelands, out to False Bay and the Cape Peninsula, and even...
Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch NU, Stellenbosch, 7613, South Africa
On a random drive out with my cousin one weekend, we decided to venture out to some wine estates in the Stellenbosch area. We happened to stumble upon this gem called the Hidden Valley Wine Estate. Stunning views all around, provided us with an...
R44 Street, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
For those who are looking to add a relaxed, low-key estate to their winelands tour, Knorhoek Estate is the place. The winery is set on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain just 10 minutes from Stellenbosch. It's a small property and is a nice...
Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg Rural, 7600, South Africa
I love wine and I love chocolate, but I hadn’t thought of trying the two together. I’m glad Waterford Estate’s co-founder Kevin Arnold thought of it ten years ago. The outdoor patio at Waterford is a great place to relax and...
Pass Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Just outside of Cape Town, there are several wine-producing areas set among beautiful mountains and greenery. In Franschhoek we stopped to eat at Le Petit Ferme (the photo is from the terrace in front of the restaurant). We sampled the Snoek pâté...
Klein Drakenstein Road, Lustigan Rd, 7624, South Africa
At Avondale, eco-consciousness and sustainability is more than a trend or a fad. It's a way of life. The land which Avondale harvests has been farmed for over 300 years and was one of the first areas of Paarl ever allocated for vines. When a...
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