Cape Winelands

Few places in the world can claim to be quite as idyllic as the Cape Winelands. This beautiful region of wooded hillsides, river valleys, dramatic mountain passes and interlocking vineyards also boasts Michelin starred dining and, of course, some of the world’s most sought after wine. Explore the French colonial architecture of affluent Franschhoek with its boutiques, galleries and award winning cafes and restaurants. Close by is Stellenbosch, an area famed for its 200 wine and grape producers and over 150 tasting rooms. Follow Route 62 east to Robertson where your wine adventure can continue, or you can enjoy an array of other activities such as river cruising, visiting the wildlife sanctuaries and tastings at the Marbin Olive Farm. Holidays to the Cape Winelands are a true epicurean delight.


What you’ll love most about the Cape Winelands

  • Visit the region’s numerous wineries and cellars to learn about the wine-making process and indulge in wine tasting
  • Explore the region’s historic sites such as the Groot Constantia Manor House, the Huguenot Memorial Museum, and the Jan Marais Nature Reserve
  • Take in the region’s stunning scenery from above with a hot air balloon ride
  • Discover the region’s rich arts and crafts culture by visiting art galleries, craft markets, and local artisans
  • Explore the beautiful landscape of Cape Winelands on foot or bike by hiking or cycling one of the many trails in the region
  • Enjoy the delicious food of Cape Winelands by visiting local restaurants, markets, and cafes that specialise in the region’s cuisine

Where to Book

  • Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands

  • Franschhoek Wineland scenery

  • Hiking in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch

  • Vineyard in Stellenbosch

  • Paarl Rock Nature Reserve trail in the Cape Winelands

  • Morning view of the Koue Bokkeveld landscape

  • Wine fields of Stellenbosch

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 27℃
  • 27℃
  • 26℃
  • 24℃
  • 21℃
  • 18℃
  • 18℃
  • 18℃
  • 20℃
  • 22℃
  • 24℃
  • 26℃
  • 2
  • 2
  • 3
  • 6
  • 9
  • 11
  • 11
  • 11
  • 8
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.













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4* Lord Charles Hotel

Located just 25 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, at the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains on 22 acres of idyllic landscaping, the iconic Lord Charles Hotel is perfectly situated in the Cape Winelands.

This newly refurbished Hotel maintains it’s classic flair, but with a contemporary twist.  Guests can enjoy traditional luxury in the newly appointed rooms and resort style amenities featuring tennis courts, swimming pools, Spa & Hair Salon, fitness facilities, a revitalized feature dam and mouth-watering cuisine in different dining options.

For those travellers looking to explore beyond the gates, the property’s unique location caters to an eclectic range of interests.  From white sand beaches and world-renowned golf courses, to wine tasting at  local wine farms or retail therapy at Somerset Mall or the well-known V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Lord Charles Hotel makes an ideal base for the ultimate stay.

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5* Lanzerac

Steeped in history dating back to 1692, Lanzerac is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape Heritage. Gatekeeper to the majestic Jonkershoek Valley, Lanzerac is the ultimate getaway to relax your senses. This iconic property hosts an elegant five-star premium boutique hotel, offering 53 exquisitely styled rooms, acclaimed bars, restaurants, a remarkable Tasting Room & Deli, and a chic day spa.

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5* Last Word Franschhoek

Last Word Franschhoek is situated in the heart of the village, South Africa’s gourmet capital, just minutes walk from cafes, boutique shops and, of course, its most in-demand restaurants. Wines and farms are easily accessible by car, the popular wine tram or by using our in-house driver and vehicle. There are ten inordinately large rooms on two floors including two pool suites each with its own semi-private plunge pool. With the help of their cheerful and generous team, let managers Conrad and Franklin help plan your perfect Franschhoek experience by suggesting dining options and activities. After a long day of wine tasting, return to the oasis and relax around the pool or regenerate in the well-appointed comfort of your suite before heading back out to the local restaurants and succumb to their temptations. More indulgences with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi, lavish breakfasts, all beverages including select wines and premium spirits and nightly turndowns.

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