Winelands The Winelands is a region of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is the largest wine producing region in South Africa and is divided into six main wine regions, each offering their own unique wine route. Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington are the most popular
Franschhoek is notable for having some of the top restaurants in the country within its quiet borders. This fact, together with the strong wine culture, and pristine natural and architectural beauty has made Franschhoek into what many describe as the "food and wine capital" of South Africa. The attributes of the village have turned Franschhoek into a popular tourist destination, with dozens of bed & breakfasts and small cottages available for accommodation at premium prices.
Paarls town and its surroundings attract many visitors with an array of activities and interests including the Taal Monument. his is a monument to the lanuguage of Afrikaans as well as having magnificent Cape Dutch buildings (17-19th Century), scenic drives, hiking trails and the Paarl wine route, with its many wine tasting opportunities and excellent restaurants.
The Paarl Rock itself is these days a popular Mecca for rock climbers. The first serious climbing routes up the rock were pioneered in 1969 by climbers from the University of Cape Town. Nowadays protection is afforded by bolts in the granite and there are on Paarl Rock a few dozen spectacular, beautiful and very hard routes that attract the best climbers of the current generation.
Home to the Famous Stellenbosch University Campus and University Village with many fine eateries and bars.
The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys form the Cape Winelands, the largest of the two ain wine growing regions in South Africa.
Stellenbosch is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research.
The region possesses a wide range of soils in the area, from light, sandy soils to decomposed granite. Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is beginning to get a good reputation as a fine wine.
Stellenbosch combines modern student living with a wealth of history and architectural heritage. An important cultural centre, Stellenbosch has many galleries and museums housing important national and international art collections and the Stellenbosch Conservatoire is the countrys oldest music school.
The main street, Dorp Street seves as its main thoroughfare.
The wine industry in Robertson has grown to more than 50 registerd wine cellars as of today. There are a number of wine cellars that receive the highest awards both locally and internationally every year. Robertson wine cellars include * Graham Beck * Springfield * Bon Cap * Majors Hill * Excelsior Estate