The Wine Route
The Wine Route Reviews
The Heart of Grape and Wine Sep 17, 2001
The Cape Winelands Route is popularly called the 'Wine Route'. The Wine Route stretches from Paarl all the way to Robertson, a 45 minute drive will bring you to the heart of grape and wine lands and it's surrounding areas. The wine farms along this route are in Paarl, Franshhoek, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Tulbagh, and Robertson. These farms all lay in the Breede River valley offering the most outstanding scenery with a dramatic backdrop of mountains.
Wether you appreciate wine or not, you will enjoy the stroll through the farms or visiting the wine cellars. There is wine tasting at most of the farms and for a minimal charge you can taste some of South Africa's finest wines. Don and I stopped at three farms; one in Franshhoek where we overnighted, the second in Stellenbosh were we bought two cases of red wine and the third in Robertson.
Excellent accommodation and restaurants are in Franshhoek were we spent the night. From down in the valley, the views are magnificent. Franschhoek is well known for it's wines, art, gallaries and great hospitality. I do recommend staying a night if you can, you will experience the town in a personal way. Try the Sparkling Wine Tasing, it is great.
Stellenbosch is another great town to stop and experience the culture and history and drink wine (smile!). This town is older than cape Town itself, it offers visitors a great mediterranean climate, historic buildings and most exciting, the wineries. You can join the wine maker on a tour of his cellar.
Part of the South Africa (1999 - 2002) travel blog
Part of the list The Scenic Routes of South Africa
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