And you will love the Cape Winelands too, for those who
– take pleasure in being out in the open, surrounded by stunning surroundings
– have a household that can take pleasure in doing issues collectively.
There is a lot extra to the Winelands than wine! Most guests (our household included!) should not wine connoisseurs, so do not feel not noted if you do not know a Chardonnay from a Chenin Blanc…
Where precisely IS the Cape Winelands ?
The unique vineyards of the Cape have been planted at Groot Constantia. Constantia wines have been well-known even in Jane Austen’s time! The vineyards at Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek weren’t far behind as these have been additionally established in the Cape Colony period.
These days the vineyards stretch far and vast. (Wellington, Robertson, Montagu and on up the Route 62 so far as Calitzdorp in actual fact.)
It’s up to you to resolve how far you need to go! But except you are searching for exhaustive (exhausting?!) regional wine tastings, there’s greater than sufficient to take pleasure in inside an hour’s drive of Cape Town.
Which wine route?
The Stellenbosch wine route alone is made up of 5 sub-routes and 130 wine farms. And the Paarl and Franschhoek wine routes are close by too – suppose you’ll be able to visit all of them? Nope? So how do you select?
This is what we do.
Generally our journeys encompassing some Paarl and a few Stellenbosch wine farms, partly as a result of it permits for a straightforward round drive: out on the N1, throughout on the R44 and again through the N2. We meander alongside map in hand (opens in new window), select farms we would like to visit, picnic or lunch someplace, then imply some extra earlier than lastly heading for dwelling.
The secret is to take in the atmosphere together with the wine. You could have to designate one grownup as driver to be certain all that vino does not cease you getting safely dwelling :-).
We love the Franschhoek valley for its magnificence in addition to its wine, so we would actually suggest you do an exceptionally scenic drive by it and naturally cease anyplace that takes your fancy!
What else is there?
Aside from the fruits of the vine, the Cape winelands can present a good few days of leisure. What’s price doing? Let’s see –
visit Stellenbosch itself with its quaint and picturesque city centre
nice hikes in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve (however do not financial institution on the picnic website there!)
– strawberry selecting in summer season
– a crocodile farm
– a butterfly farm
– tout fishing
– scorching air ballooning (if in case you have the funds!)
And that is not all:
Stellenbosch Tourism is about to launch their ‘youngsters’s route’! This is so scorching off the press that after I requested at their workplaces on the weekend they advised me it was Classified Info — Top Secret — I’d have to look forward to the “Official Launch”!