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The Cape Winelands

The extensive and verdant beauty of the Winelands region is one of the Cape's most alluring attractions. No visit to this region would be complete without taking time to explore at least some of the 13 wine routes on offer. Rugged, blue-tinged mountains surround the green valleys dotted with charming historic towns among vineyards and olive groves. Visitors can admire traditional Cape Dutch architecture, sip world-class wines and soak up the rich cultural and historical heritage.
Many of these are within easy reach of Cape Town, particularly those in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington, but there are those slightly further afield in other wine-producing valleys - the Breede River Valley, the Swartland and the Olifants River Valley, to name but a few - that are equally inviting.
Groot Constantia is part of the tiny Constantia wine route, in an area developed by Simon van der Stel in the late 1600s. Other smaller wine routes include Worcester, Tulbagh, Wellington, and Somerset West. With a selection of more than 200 cellars from which to choose, the Cape Winelands boast some of the finest wines in the world, and the routes also provide stunning natural scenery. Food and wine festivals take place throughout the year and are a great introduction to the bewitching charms of the region.

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