Cape Winelands Accommodation

In the Cape Winelands, the air is fresh and vineyards roll out into the distance, until, of course, they are interrupted by one of the towering mountain ranges in the region. As you might imagine, an area surrounded by wine farms and mountains offers endless opportunities for all manner of fun. For this reason, the Cape Winelands are a destination not to be missed. Many people are aware of this fact so winelands accommodation is very popular.

The Cape Winelands make up a relatively small section in the South of South Africa's Western Cape province. The area has no defined boundaries but is generally acknowledged to encompass the main wine-producing regions, including towns such as Robertson, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Paarl, Franschoek and their surrounding areas. From this region come a myriad of award winning wines from estates such as Allee Bleue, Vergelegen, Meerlust and Tokara - just a handful of wine estates open for wine tastings.

It goes without saying that wine culture is a big part of any itinerary in this region of the Western Cape, and most activities will somehow lead you back to wine. The most obvious activity is wine-tasting, while eating is a very close second! This region is known as the culinary capital of South Africa, with Franschoek at the front of the pack. A number of world-renowned chefs head up the scenic winelands restaurants, such as Margot Janse of The Tasting Room and The Common Room in Franschoek. It is inevitable that while the cuisine in each establishment varies from traditional winelands cooking culture to African infused dishes and strictly organic, seasonal-based menus, all dishes, including dessert have excellent wine pairings to accompany them. In some cases this extends as far as ice-cream and wine pairings! Another thing winelands eateries are likely to have in common is the setting - either outdoor tables scattered on a veranda over-looking the estate garden or on a balcony overlooking the vineyards and mountains. Either way, eating in the winelands is bound to be a delectable experience.

For the more active nature lovers among us, this area offers a huge variety of outdoor activities from pootling along on a bicycle through the vineyards, to hiking in the surrounding mountains and surfing the beaches near Stellenbosch, there is something for everyone. This region offers more advanced mountain bike routes too and Paarl Rock and the mountains outside of Robertson have some great rock climbing routes. Less active but still a good way to kill an afternoon, various nature reserves and estate gardens make excellent picnic sites.

While wine and nature are pivotal to the identity of the winelands, the regions towns are also brimming with culture. Apart from some very stylised architecture, like the Cape Dutch style so well preserved in Stellenbosch, the small towns just are great places for the curious traveller and people who like to take it slow. There are many small art galleries tucked away in these towns, as well as fascinating, but unassuming museums. For example, the Afrikaans Taal Monument in Paarl showcases the language's wide range of influences and deep roots.

In addition to the year round activities, numerous festivals also happen at different times though out the year. Franschoek celebrates its French Huguenot heritage annually with the Bastille Festival while various harvest festivals and food and wine shows are also worth planning a trip around.

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Upper Mill - Self Catering
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Upper mill is a delightful, private, luxury self-catering unit. We are located in Central Paarl, nested on the slopes of Paarl Mountain and central to many local area attraction. The apartment is pr... Read More

 
Evergreen Lodge
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Evergreen Lodge, is located in the historical core of Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands. Built in 1902, this lovely Victorian building is furnished with antique and period pieces to suit t... Read More

 
5 Konings Accommodation
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5 Konings Accommodation in Paarl invites you to stay in one of our 4 stylishly decorated, en-suite rooms catering for your comfort and enjoyment. All the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, D... Read More

 
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Franschhoek is an idyllic Western Cape Town, famous all over the world for its sought after and high quality wines. Tucked away between majestic mountains in an evergreen valley, the town is a hub for... Read More

 
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A Charming Guesthouse in the peaceful Town of Wellington, come and experience our "home away from home" hospitality. Wellington is conveniently situated to explore the wine routes of Wellington, Paar... Read More

 
Gooding's Groves Olive Farm B&B
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Surrounded by mountains and olive trees in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley is Gooding's Groves Olive Farm and Guest House. Situated three kilometers from the centre of the historic village, the resto... Read More

 
Manley Wine Lodge
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Manley Wine Lodge is situated on the award winning boutique wine farm, Manley Private Cellar, which is located on the outskirts of the picturesque and historic Cape Winelands town of Tulbagh. Manley i... Read More

 
Lumley's Place B&B and Tours
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Lumley's Place is a 4-star Bed and Breakfast establishment with scenic mountain views, situated in a rural safe neighbourhood. Apart from the stunning architecture with its neo classical design create... Read More

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De Ville Lodge offers elegant accommodation to both leisure and corporate visitors to Franschhoek, Western Cape. Our beautifully decorated self-contained units are fully equipped for a "home from home... Read More

 
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WELCOME Join us for great hospitality in a stylish and modern guesthouse with luxurious fittings, furnishings and spacious air-conditioned rooms with beds that sleep so well. Enjoy the air of relax... Read More

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Cape Winelands Reviews

Paarl
Paarl is a beautiful town where I had the privilege of staying and attending school. I always love to return there and to show others my stomping grounds when I was a teenager. It has a wonderful variety of places to stay and to eat out as well as a great variety and quality of tourist attractions. Our visit to the KWV Emporium was a great highlight of my visit to the Western Cape.
- Barry Williams

Stellenbosch
A beautiful town.
- Debbie Whiteley

Riebeek Kasteel
Beautiful
- Aletta Theron

Stellenbosch
Love the area and a great place to stay if you want to travel more widely in the Cape Area.
- Isabel Nel

Stellenbosch
Awesome
- Lopang Selamolela