Selected by Lonely Planet as one of their “Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2020”, the Cape Winelands is the country’s wine region. Centred in the historic towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, it is ‘the’ place to visit for fabulous restaurants and world-class wineries set in bucolic countryside with spectacular mountain scenery.
With well-known names such as Graham Beck, Moresons and Boschendal, the Cape Winelands is a wine-lovers paradise. Discover the art of wine blending under expert tutelage and enjoy a private guided tour of some of the finest vineyards in the world.
One top spot is Delaire Graff Estate owned by the Graff family, with a very stylish restaurant and a wine tasting room. Nearby is Babylonstoren, an eighteenth century Cape Dutch farm whose white washed lunch restaurant in an old cowshed serves only fresh picked produce from their Versailles-style garden, which won a Tatler Travel Award for the ‘most delicious’ food in South Africa. La Motte is another super-glamorous wine estate offering some of the best cuisine in the Cape. This entire valley is foodie heaven: from the deli at Tokara winery, the cheese at Fairview, the charcuterie and wine tasting at Môreson and lunch at either La Petite Ferme or Cafe Bon Bon – you will need all the exercise you can get…A round of golf at The Pearl Valley Golf Estate is a good option!
Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek is an enchanting village with quaint shops, cafes, many well- known restaurants, rolling vineyards and spectacular mountain scenery. It also has an incredibly rich heritage. Learn how pre-colonial settlers, the Dutch East India Company, French Huguenots and the era of apartheid impacted everything from village politics to local architecture.
Get a rare glimpse into Nelson Mandela’s final years of incarceration at Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison) in Paarl. This is an incredible opportunity to hear the stories of the man known as “Madiba” (Father) and the indelible mark he made on South Africa’s history.
Hermanus is often referred to as ‘the capital of The Cape whale coast’. Between May and December hundreds of southern right whales visit this small town, offering you the opportunity to watch them play.
Sweeping views, sumptuous spas and historic architecture with modern luxuries are just some of the things you can expect when you stay at a Susie Freeman Travel selected location. We’ve selected the very best destinations the Cape Winelands has to offer.