Just a half an hour drive outside Cape Town, is the beginning of the Cape Winelands, one of the most gorgeous wine regions in the world. The South African winelands are brimming with quaint historic villages, stunning scenery, and fabulous food and wine. Navigating South Africa’s dreamy vineyards is easy and fun, whether you’re alone or with a group, and the area has a special hop-on hop-off wine tram that can escort you from winery to winery. South Africa’s wine country has all the makings of a romantic sojourn, girlfriend getaway, or family vacation, and it makes a fabulous addition to a South Africa safari tour.
The Western Cape province is where the bulk of South Africa’s wine production takes place. South Africa’s Cape Route 62 is the world’s longest and possibly most amazing wine route. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are three of our favourite towns to explore in the Western Cape. They’re known internationally for their award-winning restaurants and elegant hotels. Each lies within easy reach of another, making it possible to get a taste of all three towns in one or two days.
The Western Cape is very tourist-friendly and there is a fabulous selection of top-class hotels to rest your head. The best properties have first-class restaurants and wellness spas, all set amid jaw-dropping South African scenery. These sophisticated hotels and wine routes offer a wide variety of activities, from horseback trails to mountain biking and hiking. Unspoilt beaches, spring flowers and colourful birdlife are among the local natural attractions. The landscapes here are lush and vibrant, and the resulting wines are simply divine. You’ll explore the country’s 350-year-old winemaking tradition and meet the people who actually make the wine. The region’s fine dining, casual bistros, and gourmet wine pairings will have your senses working overtime. This just might be the South Africa vacation you’ve been dreaming of!
Get ready to fill your glass with stunning scenery, spectacular tastes, and gorgeous architecture in South Africa’s winelands. Here are our favourite places to stay in wine country:
Lanzerac Hotel & Spa
Lanzerac Estate is a 300 year old private working wine estate in the magnificent Jonkershoek Valley. The hotel is perfectly situated amidst dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards, and acres of award-winning landscaped gardens. Lanzerac’s elegant private restaurant features open fireplaces and original antiques. The Lanzerac Spa and Wellness Centre is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Try an individual or couple’s massage treatment in one of the spa’s tranquil outdoor areas.
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
This graciously restored retreat is set in the leafy heart of historic Stellenbosch, nestled quietly under ancient oaks, beside a gentle flowing river. Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest settlement, and its calm ambience will lull you into true relaxation. The River Manor Spa uses French traditions of revitalization and invigoration with all products derived from the natural goodness of grape extract.
This winery and vineyard, hotel, and restaurant serves up award-winning wine paired with innovative food, on the banks of the Spier Dam. Take in stunning views of the Helderberg Mountains during your stay at this gorgeous hotel. Explore the craft market and pick out a special keepsake from the collection of contemporary and traditional artworks by South African artisans.
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa
Franschhoek has secured its reputation for fine food and wine, with some calling it the culinary capital of South Africa. Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa is one of the town’s original country retreats. Its rooms, suites, and villas have the charm of the grand old days, but with a modern feel. You’ll never tire of amazing things to do here including wine tasting on horseback, hiking in Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, tours on the wine tram, or an afternoon of on-site spa indulgence. This place is pure bliss.
Le Quartier Francais
Condé Nast Traveller named this hotel this as one of the most romantic places to stay in the world. Le Quartier Francais is an exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. It’s a fairytale-like haven of tranquility, where you can indulge in elegant African-inspired cuisine in the Tasting Room, which offers an 8-course surprise tasting menu. Le Quartier Francais offers in-house culinary classes where you can learn to cook with South African ingredients, discover tantalizing desserts, become an expert in wine blending, and more.
Grande Roche Hotel
This five-star hotel is celebrated for its beautiful gardens, award-winning cuisine, and timeless elegance. Steeped in history, the hotel is set amongst gorgeous vineyards. At its elegant Bosman’s Restaurant, you can indulge in tastes from an award-winning wine list. Relax at the hotel pools, enjoy some golf on the nearby courses, and take in the sublime scenery. It doesn’t get much better than this.