If you are a wine lover and visiting Cape Town, you are in luck. We are here to share the ultimate guide to exploring the Western Cape Wine Route to help you plan your dream trip filled with wonderful wines, lovely company and loads of great memories.
Franschhoek is a magical small town just outside of Cape Town, surrounded by majestic mountains of beautiful colours and fertile vineyards that seem to go on forever. This gorgeous town will simply creep into your heart because it’s filled with all the finest indulgences, from world-class restaurants to award-winning wine farms. Franschhoek was founded by the French Huguenot settlers in 1688, this is why you will find a strong French influence in and around the town as many of the street names, wine estates and restaurants are French.
Franschhoek has always been a popular destination amongst locals and tourists because it’s the ultimate place to unwind, enjoy good food and wine, five-star service – and might we add, a rather great place to shop for artwork. We’d highly recommend you go wine tasting with the famous Franschhoek wine tram which stops at more than a few of the best wine farms in the country. Wine farms include:
Boschendal Wine Estate is a picture-perfect Estate with its Cape Dutch Manor surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes, grape vines, rich green gardens in the Drakenstein Valley. When entering the charming Boschendal Estate you get this feeling of peace, fresh crisp air, wide open spaces, uncomplicated and simply elegant. Boschendal is one of South Africa’s oldest and most loved wine estates for the young and old.
Boschendal is known for its great wines, wonderful food and wholesome produce. Boschendal has guest accommodation with cottages that are filled with luxury but tastefully simple. The guests are spoilt with access to the entire estate where they can enjoy dining at its best under the stars or picnicking on the beautiful lawns – or enjoy sundowners in an exclusive area. You can also go fishing or swimming in the coolest mountain water or you can cycle or walk the many trails between the mountain fynbos.
3. Rickety Bridge Winery
Rickety Bridge Winery is a pretty Cape Dutch homestead with a bridge over the Franschhoek River which provides entry to this lovely wine estate just 3 kilometres from the centre of the town. Rickety Bridge Winery Estate with its magnificent views over the Franschhoek valley and Wemmershoek mountains offers tours and wine tasting, as well as the ever-popular Paulina’s Bistro a la carte restaurant.
4. La Motte
La Motte Wine Farm is home to some of the finest wines in South Africa. Their wine is world-renown and has international recognition for its exceptional quality. La Motte offers visitors an unforgettable wine tasting experience which has been an old tradition of theirs, they pride themselves with well trained and knowledgeable staff. La Motte has a long history dating back to 1695 where you can learn and discover the history and heritage of the estate by joining the historical walk.
The Western Cape is blessed with some of the most breathtaking wine farms in the world and Stellenbosch is one of them. Stellenbosch is a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, oak trees and vineyards. The wine route of Stellenbosch is famous throughout the world for its delicious rosé, red, white, sparkling and dessert wines. The growing of grapes started 320 years making it one of the oldest wine producing locations in the country. Stellenbosch boasts more than 200 wine and grape producers. Most of the popular wine farms in the region offer cellar and wine tasting tours, but always check in advance if you are required to make reservations. Stellenbosch is a very accommodating town and one you really should have on your to-do list.
The Constantia Wine Route with its beautiful mountains and lush green landscapes make it difficult not to fall in love with. A drive through to the Constantia Wine Route will take approximately 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre making it a favourite for those who wish to take a short drive. The Constantia Wine Route Estates offer spectacular wines and delicious food all within close proximity to one another. Groot Constantia is one of the Estates that make up The Constantia Wine Route was established by Simon van der Stel in 1685, therefore, is the oldest wine farm in South Africa.
The Wellington Wine Route boasts some of the top wine producers in South Africa. The Wellington Wine Route is filled with historical wine estates although it is one of the youngest wine-producing districts. Most farms offer wine tasting experiences which will torment your taste buds and keep you wanting to try more of their delicious blends.