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Whether you enjoy drinking wine or not, the Cape Winelands are a must for anyone traveling to Cape Town. The Winelandsare situated east of Cape Town among beautiful mountains creating some stunning vistas. The region is steeped in culture and history with some excellent examples of typical Dutch architecture dating back to the 17th century. The Winelands encompass several regions each with their own wine tasting tours.

Cape Town's Wineland in  South Africa
Cape Town's Wineland in South Africa

If you're on a tour, you will likely visit the larger wineries like Spier near Stellenbosch and Groot Constantia, close to Cape Town. If you rent a car you can enjoy these gems; Fairview (also has excellent cheeses), Meerlust near Stellenbosch, and Seidelberg near Paarl. Stop for picnic lunch at Boschendal in Franschhoek and you have yourself a perfect day.

Cape Town's Wineland in  South Africa
Cape Town's Wineland in South Africa

For a true gourmet meal you can stop at any of the incredible restaurants that line the main street of Franschhoek. Closer to Cape Town try Jonkershuis in Groot Constantia. If you have children with you, the Spier Wine Estate near Stellenbosch will keep them happy while you do some tasting. If you really appreciate good wine, then visit the wineries that make the Cape's best wines.

Cape Town's Wineland in  South Africa
Cape Town's Wineland in South Africa

Since Jan van Riebeeck planted the first grapes in 1655, vines have spread across the hills of the Cape. Today, wine is big business in South Africa with vineyards as far afield as Upington in the Northern Cape, the Free State and Mpumalanga. South Africa has over 60 Wine of Origin regions.

Cape Town's Wineland in  South Africa

While the vines might have spread, the area known as the Winelands is more specific. This is a well-defined area of the Western Cape, all within about an hour's drive of Cape Town, based mainly around three wine-producing towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Although Constantia, on the Cape Peninsula, produces some of the finest vintages in the Cape, this is treated slightly differently in tourism terms.

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