With its vast expanse of vineyards set against a backdrop of sloping green mountains and startling blue sky, the Cape Winelands are one of South Africa’s most enchanting landscapes, and a visit is as much about the gorgeous scenery as the wine itself. Here are your options for exploring the Cape Winelands from Cape Town.
If time is of the essence, opt for a half-day wine tour, or splash out on a VIP half-day Cape Winelands tour and fly in from Cape Town by helicopter. Soar over the vineyards on a thrilling flight, and then touch down at one of the region’s esteemed wine estates for an indulgent wine tasting lunch before being whisked back to the city.
Full-day tours allow plenty of time to discover the principal wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, where you can learn more about the winemaking process during a winery tour, and sip a variety of fine South African wines during a guided wine tasting. For a more personalized experience, opt for a small-group or private tour, or choose a tour that includes added extras such as a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, a visit to Cape Point, or a bike tour of the vineyards.
With time to spare, combine a Cape Winelands day tour with Western Cape attractions such as Boulders Beach, Cape Point, and Table Mountain National Park; a Cape Town city sightseeing tour; or activities such as a whale-watching cruise or shark cage diving from Cape Agulhas. Multi-day tours typically include accommodation, some meals, and entrance fees making them a great-value option for those looking to explore more of the West Coast.
Things to Know
The closest of the wineries in Cape Winelands is about 45 minutes from Cape Town by road.
Full-day Cape Town tours to the Cape wine region typically last eight or nine hours.
The legal drinking age of 18 applies for all wine tasting in the Cape Winelands.
Round-trip transport is included for all day trips, a helpful inclusion given South Africa’s strict drinking and driving laws.