Grape wineland countryside landscape background of hills with mountain backdrop, Cape Winelands, South Africa

Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands is the largest wine-producing region in South Africa and is divided into six main wine regions, each offering their own unique wine route.

The mountainous surrounds of the Cape Winelands region boast some very old and internationally recognised wine estates, most of whom offer cellar tours and wine tasting. Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington are among the most popular. 

Franschhoek Valley, Vineyards, Cape Winelands, Drakenstein mountains, South Africa
Franschhoek Valley, Cape Winelands, South Africa

Why visit the Cape Winelands

  • Visit the largest wine producing region in South Africa, one of the most scenic winelands in the world
  • Experience viticulture and go wine-tasting in internationally renowned vineyards, on foot, bicycle or horseback
  • Easily accessible from Cape Town and easy to get around
  • Explore pretty towns characterised by their Cape-Dutch architecture and set against a picturesque mountainous backdrop
  • Sample gastronomic delights in the country’s best restaurants

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Buitenverwachiting, Constantia Valley, South Africa

Vineyard Visits

Spend a day exploring the superb wine estates of Constantia on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula.

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Winelands, Franschhoek, South Africa

Mountain Trail Explorations

Burn off some of the food and wine by exploring the surrounding mountains on hiking and horse-riding trails.

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Vineyard, South Africa

Wine Tasting

Experience viticulture and sample local wines in internationally renowned vineyards, on foot, bicycle or horseback.

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Klein Constantia, Winelands, South Africa

Cape Dutch Architecture

Explore pretty towns characterised by their Cape-Dutch architecture and set against a picturesque mountainous backdrop.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Wine tasting with meat, Cape Winelands, South Africa

Gastronomic Sample Menus

Sit down for a meal at some of the country’s best restaurants – pair the best choice of wines with Michelin standard, local cuisine in the Cape Winelands.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Bartholomeus Klip £££££

  • Africa
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Surrounded by colourful farmlands, award-winning vineyards and the quaint villages of the Cape Winelands, Bartholomeus Klip is a luxurious farm house in the private Elandsberg Nature Reserve.

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La Residence £££££

  • South Africa
  • Boutique

Tucked away in the tranquil vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, the private wine and olive estate of Domaines des Anges is the stunning backdrop to a secluded retreat known as La Residence.

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Leeu House £££££

  • South Africa
  • Boutique

Situated within strolling distance of the restaurants, art galleries and shops, Leeu House is at the heart of quiet Franschhoek.

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Babylonstoren £££££

  • South Africa
  • Vineyard

In the heart of South Africa’s historic Cape Winelands, set at the foot of Simonsberg in the Franschhoek wine valley, lies the magical Babylonstoren.

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Black maned lion, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa
Black maned lion, Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa

Holiday Ideas

The Cape Winelands make a lovely addition to any holiday to South Africa and can easily be included in most itineraries. Browse our suggested holiday ideas for inspiration, most of which can feature the winelands as an optional extension.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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