Travel South Africa’s Wine Routes
Making your trip to South Africa will be amazing no matter what time of year you are here. The weather is mostly warm to hot during the months between November and April with very little rainfall and some fairly strong winds. The winter months will allow you to experience cool days, little wind and more rain, although you do get the most gorgeous winter days that are perfect for hiking, sight seeing and enjoying the various wine tasting sessions offered at all the best estates.
Flying into Cape Town International Airport will offer you some stunning views of the area and once you land you will be collected and driven to your place of accommodation depending on what transportation services are offered. Within the Cape Town City Bowl, some of the best hotels are the Mount Nelson , characterized by its dusty pink wall color. Another five star establishment is the Cape Grace Hotel located in the [email protected] Waterfront. The Table Bay Hotel and the Victoria and Alfred Hotel are also extremely popular and offer the best service. From here you will be able to visit all the wine routes to the North and South as they are all within close proximity of Cape Town .
For day trips you can contact The Wine Desk conveniently located in the [email protected] Waterfront. They offer various tours of the wine routes in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington, Constantia and Paarl. You are collected from your hotel and can choose to stay over at the lovely hotels in the wine areas to explore for a few days. You will then be collected again to return to your hotel in Cape Town.
If you want more options for day trips that pick you up at your Cape Town hotel then Ashanti Travel Centre has the answer with exclusive trips to the biggest wineries in Stellenbosch and Paarl.
African Skies offers an exciting 3 day wine tour reaching the wineries in Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Darling, South Africa and Franschhoek with overnight accommodation included at Rusthof Country House in Franschhoek.
In each region you will also find a plethora of wine tours that involve various other activities for those that want to include some exercise on their vacation. You will find cycling tours through the vineyards, tours on horseback, hiking trails, and stunning tours in an old fashioned horse and carriage.
Some of the most exquisite accommodation found in the winelands is in the national monument houses and farmsteads representing the Cape Dutch style as well as Victorian style.
In Franschhoek you can rest your head at the Franschhoek Country House, Rusthof Country House, or Le-Manoir-De-Brendel Estate at the Oude Jongh Wine Estate. For an amazing stay in Stellenbosch amongst the historic oak trees and national monuments choose the Villa Grande, Batavia Boutique Hotel, Rusthuiz Guesthouse and Wedgeview Country House and Spa.
As you enjoy the wines of the Diemersfontein Estate in Wellington, why not stay a night or two at the stunning country estate? You can also find great accommodation at the Lady Loch Guest House and Spa. In Paarl, the Palmiet Valley Estate dating back to 1692 is a must to experience as well as the Lemoenkloof Historic Hotel situated next to a vast wine estate. You can also take up a game of golf if you stay in one of the fabulous Boschenmeer Estate Lodges.
Moving to the south to the lovely Constantia Valley , you can choose to stay in the luxurious Steenberg Hotel and Winery, The Constantia Boutique Hotel, The Bishop’s Court, or the modern Southern Light Country House. This area is very close by to all the Southern Peninsula areas and you can choose to stay in the seaside towns of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, or St, James for a great vacation. The best way to enjoy your stay here is to book into one of the many bed and breakfasts. An exquisite lodge in Fish Hoek, A Tuscan Villa, will take your breath away.
For a closer look at the Cape Point wine route choose to stay in the maritme village of Simon’s Town. Rich with history and culture you will find a most pleasant stay at the Quayside Hotel, Whaleview Manor or the quaint Central Hotel.
Just over the mountain, a 15 minutes drive will allow you to experience the more rural countryside that makes up Noordhoek. With stunning accommodation options like Monkey Valley Resort and other activities like horse riding on the beach, your wine route journey will be complete. The Longbeach Mall is also only minutes away for all your shopping needs.
For an exploration of the Breede River Valley wine routes the best hotels to stay at are the Rosendal Winery and Wellness Retreat, Ballinderry Guest House, and Excelsior Manor, as well as The Tulbagh Hotel and Reed’s Country Lodge.
These are just some of the great accommodation options available to you in the Cape wine regions.