If you’re going to be spending time in the Western Cape, or live there and are wondering what to do on a lazy Sunday, then why not take a drive through the Cape Winelands? The Winelands are steeped in history and winemaking tradition, and every turn of the road gives you a new landscape to marvel at.

There is something for everyone, whether you’re in it for the cheese and wine platters or the scenic hikes. These are some of the places to bookmark for your drive so you know how to put together your itinerary.

Paarl

Paarl has a historical charm all of its own as well as culture, breath-taking scenery and architectural heritage, making for many quaint and beautiful sites to behold. For the more active tourist there are also cycling and nature trails to get your heart pumping. The area even boasts one of the largest solid rocks in the world, Paarl Mountain.

Franschhoek

Franschhoek, called the gourmet capital of South Africa, is renowned at home and abroad for its cuisine. You’ll no doubt enjoy scrumptious food wherever you choose to dine at in the area. And you’ll do so against a backdrop of stunning views and probably within walking distance of art galleries and antique stores.

Polkadraai Strawberry Farm

For a family treat, make a stop at the Polkadraai Strawberry Farm located in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Polkadraai Farm is famous for its scarecrows and, of course, its sweet tasting strawberries. Strawberry season is between September and December each year and your family and friends will love picking their own strawberries. There is also a great farm stall on the farm that offers a wide range of jams, preserves, and dried fruit, as well as an extensive range of wines from estates in and around the Stellenbosch wine route. Be sure to try the strawberry jam!

Wellington

Along the Wellington Brandy Route, the historic Cape-Dutch Estate of Oude Wellington produces potstill brandy, triple-distilled grappa and stunning wines. Savour the exquisite cuisine inside the distillery restaurant, or have a picnic under the shady oaks. Or take a scenic drive up Bain’s Kloof Pass, and be sure to experience the dried fruit, wine estates, olive tasting and leather factories Wellington has become known for.

Robertson

Robertson is known as the “Garden Town of the Boland”. This is the largest wine-producing area under irrigation in South Africa and is noted for its top-class wines. Situated in the fertile Breede River valley, the area is covered by stretches of vineyards, orchards and stud farms. You can also sample and buy delicious cheeses, olives, export-quality fruit and organic produce.

Getting there

The route to the Winelands region entails a 40 minute drive along the N1 from Cape Town to Stellenbosch. Alternatively, you can follow the N2 to Somerset West and the Helderberg region. Get in your VW pre-owned vehicle and grab a map or travel guide to enjoy what’s going to be a beautiful journey. 

About The Author

I was born in the Eastern Cape, close to the waves. After getting my degree in Media, Communication and Culture, I knew it was time to make my way to a big city. Not wanting to leave the ocean, Cape Town was the natural choice for me. At first I thought the fast paced world of marketing. But I never forgot that what I'd always wanted to do was write. Now I'm a freelance writer, where my office is my bedroom and my platform is the World Wide Web. I live with my partner and our two beloved Great Danes. When not reading or writing you can probably find me on the beach or exploring nature trails.

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