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Cape Winelands & Breede Valley Accommodation

Explore on Map Map of Cape Winelands & Breede Valley Accommodation

So much wine, so little time!

To the East of Cape Town surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains are the Cape Winelands. Dotted about in the fertile lush green valleys of the region are the vineyards of the Western Cape, the towns and villages everyday words to wine connoisseurs throughout the world. Here you will find Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and many other world famous names. French Huguenots brought the art of wine-making to the Cape in the late 17th Century and it was here that the first experiments into finding out the best cultivars were carried out.

There are a number of tours that have been set up for the visitor to sample the superb wines of the Cape Winelands, to view the homesteads that have been handed down from generation to generation and to witness the wine-making process. The Cape Winelands are bordered by the Hottentots Holland, the Franschhoek mountains and in the North by the Wemmershoekberg. The former two mountain ranges form part of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and the only way to see this reserve is to hike through it on the Boland Hiking Trail. Shorter hiking trails are available in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve just east of Stellenbosch. This mountain reserve harbours one of the richest and most diverse populations of indigenous wildflowers in the world, and it is known that there are more than 35 threatened species in the region. The dominant vegetation in the reserve is fynbbos with patches of the original forest dotted about on the upper slopes. Leopard, caracal and genet have been seen in the area.

Butterfly World, just off the N1 on the R44, is well worth a visit, especially for the kids.

Franschhoek was originally known as the French Quarter or le Quartier Francais as it was in this region that the original Huguenots settled to escape religious persecution in Europe. The town has now become known as the food and wine capital of the Western Cape, and visitors flock here from all over the world to sample its products. The town houses a Huguenot Monument and museum.

Paarl in the Cape Winelands is known as the Pearl of South Africa and gets its name from the vast round granite rocks at the summit of the mountain overlooking the town, where Die Afrikaanse Taalmonument is located. The name Peerleberg or pearly mountain was give to the berg by Abraham Gabbema in 1657 because of the way the mountain glittered in the sunlight after a shower. The town was established in 1720 with the building of the first church. The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum houses the press where the newspaper de Zuid-Afrikaan was once printed.

The Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, and was founded in 1679. The town is famous for its wines, its university and its Cape Dutch architecture which can be seen in its many historic buildings, such as those found at the Burgerhuis Museum. The town is also known as Eikestad (Oak Town) because of its numerous oak trees. The university has produced six South African prime ministers and several Springbok rugby captains. Stellenbosch houses a Brandy Museum where many examples of old brandy stills can be seen. A food and wine festival is held here in the last week of October each year. Musical concerts play every summer at the Spier Summer Festival.

The town of Wellington in the Cape Winelands region lies in a valley known as Val du Charron, or Valley of the Wagon Makers after the trade of many of the early French Huguenots who settled in the area at the end of the 17th Century. There are several excellent wine cellars in the Wellington area where the visitor can enjoy wine tasting. Wellington offers the visitor a magical and captivating atmosphere and friendly people. Wellington was originally named Limiet Vallei or the Frontier Valley, but the name was changed in 1840 in honour of the Duke of Wellington and his defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. There are several cellars in the area that offer wine tasting.

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Franschhoek Valley in Cape Winelands
Autumn colours in the Cape Winelands
Constantia Winelands Cultural Landscape
Franschhoek Valley
Delta Valley Entertainers at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival street parade
This monument can be found at the end of the Main road in Franschhoek. It depicts the freedom of the French people in South Africa
Street scene - Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Wine merchant, Franschhoek
Huguenot Road seen from the forecourt of the Dutch Reformed Church, Franschhoek
Franschhoek Motor Museum on L'ormarins Wine Farm
Franschhoek Motor Museum boasts a collection in excess of 220 vehicles, with over 80 on display at any one time.
Franschhoek Motor Museum - from a Bugatti Type 35B....
... to a Porsche Rothmans 962C.... and just about every other noteworthy vehicle in between.
Town Hall, Franschhoek
Grande Provence, Franschhoek
Grande Provence, Franschhoek
La Motte, Franschhoek
NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church), Franschhoek
Looking towards Paarl from Tygerberg Hills
Vineyard in Paarl, Cape Winelands
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Architecture of Paarl: Laborie Main House
Architecture of Paarl: 195 Main Street
Architecture of Paarl: 132A Main Street
Architecture of Paarl: 101 Main Street
Architecture of Paarl: 42 Main Street
Architecture of Paarl: 256 Main Street
Architecture of Paarl: 52 Main Street
Architecture of Paarl: Street cafe at 127 Main Street
Afrikaans Language Monument, Paarl
Afrikaans Language Monument, Paarl
Bainskloof, Wellington
Wellington CBD, with the Dutch Reformed Church and snowy Wemmershoek Peak beyond
Dutch Reformed Church from within the church grounds, Wellington
Architecture of Wellington: 20 Bain Street, Wellington
Anglo-Boer War blockhouse, Wellington District
Worcester Dam from the Mountain Mill Mall
Dutch Reformed Church, Church Street, Worcester
Architecture of Worcester: 52 Church Street
High Street in the Worcester CBD looking south-west
Kleinplasie, Historical Village in Worcester
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Kleinplasie, Historical Village in Worcester
Kleinplasie, Historical Village in Worcester
Kleinplasie, Historical Village in Worcester
North up Kohler Street, Montagu
View of NG Kerk from Kerk Street, Montagu
African Sacred Ibis colony in Montagu
Detail of NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church), Montagu
Architecture of Montagu
Garden of Remembrance. To those who gave their lives for their country. WWI, WWII & Border War. Montagu
Voortrekker Monument 1838-1938, Montagu
Joubert House (circa 1853), Long Street. Believed to be the oldest dwelling in Montagu
Inside Joubert House (circa 1853), Long Street. Believed to be the oldest dwelling in Montagu
24 Church Street, Tulbagh
The old Dutch Reformed Church in Tulbagh, now part of the Oude Kerk Volks Museum
Old Tollhouse, Michell's Pass, Ceres
Ceres Mountains
R303, Between Ceres and Citrusdal
Robertson, Cape Winelands
NG Kerk, Robertson. Founded in 1853
NG Kerk, Founded in 1853. 59 Paul Kruger Street, Robertson
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Druid's Lodge, Robertson Museum. Built in 1860
Robertson City Hall & Municipality, Church Street
Old Library (circa 1904), Piet Retief Street, Robertson
Michell's Pass, R46 between Wolseley and Ceres
Dutch Reformed Church, McGregor. Corner of Church and Voortrekker Streets
A westbound Shosholoza Meyl mainline passenger train at Quarry loop near Touwsrivier
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