South Africa


Bone-dry Sauvignon. Smooth Syrah. Punchy Pintotage. Tasting South African specialities at the source is reason enough to visit the Winelands. But we can think of a few more.

The former French Huguenot settlement of Franschhoek and the Dutch-founded Stellenbosch are the most well known towns. These, along with nearby Paarl, are trailblazers when it comes to South African food. There are plenty of excellent places to eat, offering everything from tasting menus by celebrated chefs to al fresco picnics in vineyards.

There are lots of lesser-known towns to visit, too. Places like Robertson, famed for its fragrant roses, or the olive growing area, Riebeek Kasteel. We know some super routes from Wellington to Oudtshoorn, so if you fancy hitting the open road, we’d be happy to help with the planning.

Driving not your thing? There are lots of other ways to travel. Take the wine tram around Franschhoek. Go wine tasting on horseback or by helicopter. Or let us arrange a car and driver for you.

And beer drinkers, don’t despair: Franschhoek now has a little micro-brewery, too.

Places to stay

  • Delaire Graff

    Stellenbosch - Helshoogte Pass

    Could someone please pinch us? Because we can’t believe anywhere could be this perfect. The wine cellar is one of...

  • La Residence


    There's no photograph on earth that could do this hotel justice. Photos can't capture the way the chandeliers twinkle in the...

  • Mont Rochelle


    Part Western Cape glamour, part English eccentric. The kind of place where wooden-beam ceilings overlook statues of sheep. Where Warhol-esque...

  • Babylonstoren

    Near Franschhoek

    This organic farm is like The Good Life meets Grand Designs. It's a place to be at one with nature...

  • Le Quartier Français


    An icon in Franschhoek for many years, thanks, in part, to a long-standing reputation for fine food. Chefs from award-winning Winelands...

  • Leeu Estates


    Leeu Estates has been causing quite a buzz in the Winelands. It’s a haven where art, wine and hospitality collide...

  • The Light House Boutique Suites


    Some secrets are too good to keep. That's how we feel about the Light House Boutique Suites. Being in Paarl...

  • La Cle Lodge


    La Cle Country Lodge is a charming boutique hotel a short stroll from La Cle Village and within walking distance...

  • La Cle Village


    You really feel as though you’re in the Winelands when you stay at La Cle Village. You’ll find it in...


There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town. Alternatively accessible through the Middle East and Johannesburg. Cape Town International Airport is about 1 hour from Franschhoek , Stellenbosch and Paarl.


If your ideal holiday weather is blue skies and long sunny days then the Cape Winelands should be visited between October – April. Travelling from May to September means that you benefit from low season rates and less people travelling, however the down side is that every couple of days it does rain and can quickly get cold - we think it's good red wine drinking weather!


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