The Cape is famous for its extensive winelands which stretch for many kilometers around Cape Town.
Stellenbosch is one of the oldest and most well recognized wine producing regions in the Cape winelands. Altogether there are more than 300 wineries 44 of which offer cellar tours and wine tastings. The cellars of the wine route are situated along the four main roads leading into Stellenbosch efficiently providing the option to do four different smaller tours should a person should decide to. Besides touring the winelands Stellenbosch also offers many other attractions to offer. It’s a very beautiful town with a rich historical past and well maintained samples of Victorian, Georgian and Cape Dutch architecture. The Stellenbosch Village Museum gives you the chance to have a tour through the heritage of the town because they tour four closely preserved and restored buildings each constituting another era in Stellenbosch’s history. Stellenbosch is a must stop location for almost any Cape Town tours.
Cape Town Tours for individuals residing in Cape Town and wish to go through the Cape winelands without traveling much is to complete a trip of the Constantia winelands. Constantia is a suburb of Cape Town but it’s likewise the Cape’s oldest wine producing region and may be the only wine district located within a city. It’s the tiniest of the Cape winelands with only 11 north west, 8 of which are open to the general public for wine tastings and cellar tours. The Constantia winelands span the southeastern slopes of Table Mountain and therefore are renowned not only for their great wine but additionally their splendid scenery and excellent views. The area is also known for its great restaurants as well as numerous farm stalls, shops and galleries. For anyone considering the foundation of the region it is possible to choose a tour of Simon Van Der Stel’s original manor house museum which is a great example of original Cape Dutch buildings, or take a tour of the Groot Constantia Wine Museum that will be available daily, website.
The biggest town in the Cape winelands district is Paarl which can be 50 km north west coast of Cape Town. Along Side Stellenbosch and Cape Town, Paarl is one of the earliest European settlements in South Africa. Paarl was initially farmed by Dutch settlers who soon discovered that the area Mediterranean climate was perfect for growing vineyards and the places successful wine industry grew from there. The Paarl winelands are particularly famous for the award winning red wines which the area produces. Along with touring the winelands the town of Paarl itself includes many attractions. An individual could have a peek of the Paarl memorial or go see the ‘Afrikaanse Taalmonument’ (Afrikaans language monument) that is the only existing monument to some one or language could simply take a walk round the town to admire the Cape Dutch buildings, beautiful gardens and oak lined roads.
Franschhoek (literally ‘French corner’) is really a small town within the Cape winelands that was founded with a bunch of French Huguenots over 300 years ago. The city is as equally well known for its French tradition as it is for its beautiful scenery and picturesque feel. The Franschhoek winelands consist of more than 40 distinct wineries most of which can be available for cellar travel and wine tastings. Many of the estates have high restaurants around them since Franschhoek is now well-known for the great food and boasts 8 of the best 100 restaurants in the country. Franschhoek’s high street has a excellent assortment of classic and boutique shops as well as coffee shops and galleries. Those considering the real history of the city can have a tour of the Huguenot museum or go see the Huguenot monument.