Visiting the Winelands of the Cape

 

I have always had a passion for Cape Town and when visiting the Cape its always a good idea

to get out of the Mother City and visit the Winelands. 

 

Today I have written our TORCHWOOD TRAVEL  blog about The  Winelands to give you some history of the different places to visit as well as what you can expect to see and do. 

 

FRANSCHHOEK.

 

This is one of my favorite places to visit, founded in 1688 by the French Huguenots. 

In Franschhoek you will find the stately Huguenot Monument which can be seen in the Main

Road of Franschhoek.  The Town of Franschhoek also hosts the annual Bastille Day Festival which is great to attend during this time. There is also the vintage Motor museum which is very interesting to visit.

 

There are many award winning restaurants in Franschhoek, Food and wine is amazing.  

If you really want to go hiking there are hiking trails in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and

if you like fishing there is also the Wemmer River, where you can  enjoy Trout fishing.

 

There are over 50 wineries  scattered throughout the valley, so many to see and visit.

Franschhoek is about an hours drive from Cape Town

 

STELLENBOSCH

 

Stellenbosch is a must I always go here.  Its the second oldest town and of course its the

University Town.  There are many restaurants, art galleries, the streets lined with Oak trees,

there is the Museum in Dorp Street if you like visiting Museums.

I love Oom Samie se Winkel  and always find something interesting to buy here.

 

There are over 140 wineries in Stellenbosch, and it is the hub of the Cape Winelands.

Wine tasting here is a must. We can advise you on Tours to Stellenbosch.

However, if you like Hiking,visit Assegaaibosch, Jonkershoek and Helderbert nature Reserves.

 

 

Stellenbosch is a great place to start exploring the Winelands - heres an image

of Oom Samies

se Winkel.

 

 

There are lots of interesting goodies here to

buy and I can spend quite some time in this shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSTANTIA

 

Constantia is really only 20 minutes from Cape Town and houses the country's oldest wine estates. History dates back 300 years, and the Story of Groot Constantia is that in 1685 Simon van der Stel, who was the governor of the Cape was granted a piece of fertile land where he created his beloved farm "Constantia"

Thoughout the many changes of ownership and subdivisions since his death in 1712 Constantia has retained its tranquility and beauty as the oldest surviving wine farm in South Africa. 

I have visited Constantia on numerous occasions. The Cape Dutch house  is just magnificent to

see.  You must try the white wines and the dessert wines, and  lunch at Constantia its great. experience.

 

Here is an image of my last purchase at Constantia. Saving this for a special moment in time.

 

 

PAARL

 

There is a pearl-like granite outcrop in Paarl, and that is where the name Paarl  comes from. Paarl is one of the most scenic towns to visit, there are Cape Dutch Manors to be seen along the main road and oak trees lining it.  Its just picture perfect.

 

Hiking is incredible here amongst the fynbos and granite boulders in the Paarl Mountain Nature

Reserve.  There is also a crocodile farm and a lion park on the outskirts of the town.  This is

the place to take a Hot Air Balloon ride for sure. Ask us for more information.


Paarl offers renowned red wines,Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignons which are superb.  Its here

that you will find the KWV Brandy and Port that are so well known and always good to buy.   Paarl is only 45 minutes from Cape Town and makes for a great day out.

 

 

THE BREEDE 

 

My family love visiting the Breede area and the Breede River which winds for 337 kilometres through the semi-acrid Breede River Valley and flows into the Indian Ocean. It is here that you will find many fruit farms, vineyards and little towns along the way.

TULBACH  is one of them, a fine little town with so much charm and atmosphere, and its  also a place of natural beauty and wonderful for weddings.

 A lot of the historical houses in Tulbach were hit by an earthquake

in 1969 but have all been restored to their former beauty. There are so many monuments in

this town to visit.  There is a nature reserve close by where you can view the Big 5. 

 

If you like Chenin blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon then this is the place for you. Its here

that you can also savor South African Sparkling wines.

 

CERES is also part of the Breede, its a small town which lies within a valley surrounded by the Boland Mountains.  Its here where South Africa produces its important fruit juices.

Tour the orchards and fruit packing houses and sample the produce, you can pick Cherries at

Klondyke farm. 

 

 

 

The Ceres district extends into the Karoo, where you would find many game farms and amazing

birdlife.  

 

Its in Ceres where there are endless hiking and mountain biking trails, and its at Dwars river where there are pools teeming with fish and just great for Kayaking.

 

ROBERTSON

 

This is the little Town that is just romantic beyond words, with its jacaranda trees lining the streets and its old Victorian houses, and all the Bougainvillea its just beautiful.

Robertson was originally a sheep and cattle town.  The soil is a combination of sand and red Karoo clay.

 

There are 50plus wine estates here, its on the Brandy Route.  Its renowned for its

dessert wines, and the white and red wines are also very nice.  

 

For Hikers do the Arangieskop Trail its tough but well worth doing.

 

 

 Well thats all from me for this months

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