THE GEM OF THE CAPE
Less than an hour east from Cape Town lies a stunning countryside region where stately farm mansions look out over sweeping vineyards that meet the dramatic jagged mountainscapes of the Cape Fold range. As the name suggests the district is primarily known for its wine production, a tradition that has existed here since the very first settlers came to the Cape more than 300 years ago. The region’s suited Mediterranean climate make it the largest wine producing region in South Africa and each year more than a million litres of wine is made here. The winemaking tradition in the Cape region is one of the World’s oldest and most renowned. The epicenter of the Cape Winelands is the valleys that contain the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town after Cape Town, is situated on the banks of the Eerste River at the foot of the impressive Cape Fold mountain range. Its streets are lined with oak trees and prime examples of colonial buildings in the Cape Dutch style. Although Stellenbosch is famous for its wine culture and being a university town, it also boasts a range of boutiques, art galleries and museums. Franschhoek, which translates as “French Corner”, was established in the late 17th century as French Huguenot refugees settled in the area. They brought with them their knowledge of vine cultivation and their original farmlands went on to become world-renowned wine estates. The town boasts beautifully preserved Cape Dutch architecture, dozens of outstanding restaurants, boutiques and contemporary art galleries.
World Class Wine Farms and Wine Tastings. Hike or Mountain Bike the surrounding majestic Mountain Range. Indulge in the the finest cuisine at world renowned restaurantsMeet the local farmers behind the scenes experiences that make this region famous. Home to the countries premier galleries.