Visiting the winelands is a must-do for every Cape Town visitor. The Mother City is uniquely situated close to some of the most incredible vineyards in the world. Whether you have time for only a brief lunch excursion, a scenic afternoon drive or a full day experience, here are some options for you:
Enjoy a family lunch in the exquisite restaurants of the Constantia Winelands. Only a brief drive from the Cape Town CBD, Constantia offers terrific value for a wonderful time. Taste some of the best their vineyards have to offer and enjoy watching the kids play on the grass banks of an estate like Jonkershuis. Why not have a look at their summer menu and get an idea of what you could be in for?
If you have the time to make a longer trip, why not consider visiting the picturesque town of Stellenbosch? A 45-minute drive from the city, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to experience the gorgeous views of rows of vines nestled under the stunning Jonkershoek mountain. You can read one travellers experience of these wine estates here. After spending the afternoon in Stellenbosch take the scenic route back, following the R44 road through to Somerset West. This drive will take you past rolling hills of vineyards as well as the leafy suburbs of Cape Town’s outskirts.
Finally, if you are looking for the full day-trip experience, take the day to visit the town of Franschhoek and its surrounds. This little town was founded by French Huguenots in the 17th and 18th Century and has retained its French charm. You will feel truly aloof from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of city life as you bask in the sun and glorious mountain views of this corner of the Cape. Take some time to enjoy its many restaurants, coffee shops and quaint curio stores before heading off to explore Franschhoek’s wine estates.
Whichever winelands experience best suits you and your budget, Cape Town is the perfect base location for all kinds of trips and what will most certainly be an unforgettable time.