Explore Cape Winelands with Elegant Resorts
Located just fifty miles north of Cape Town, yet a world away from thriving city life, the Cape Winelands is a mountainous area with vast stretches of fertile land and valleys, where some of South Africa’s many vineyards have made their home. The landlocked area houses five principalities, each of which has its own signature style and identity. The region enjoys a comfortable, Mediterranean style climate that aides the production of so many world-class wines. Meanwhile, the region’s exceptional geological assets make it one of the planet’s most captivating locations. It is said that it is impossible for anyone to visit each valley, waterfall, canyon, forest, spring, peak or cave in their lifetime because the Cape Winelands’s layout is so complex and rare. The region is home to many excellent nature reserves and natural attractions, whilst the famous wine-producing legacy ensures would be sommeliers can enjoy first-class flavours at any one of the exceptional vineyards in the area, with wine-tasting tours available across the cape. The very soil of Cape Winelands is unique to any other on Earth and the wine produced here is distinct and not to be missed. However, it is not just the wine that makes this area so popular with locals and travellers alike, the food in Franschhoek is particularly renowned for its gourmet credentials. Neighbouring Stellenbosch is home to a thriving café culture, the town itself is fringed by respected vineyards and the laidback ambience encourages relaxed afternoons with good food and fine wines. Helicopter tours are an excellent way to take in the stunning vistas and unforgettable scenery of this pristine area whilst hiking tours are also very popular.