The Cape Winelands


Cape Town Accommodation, Tours & Travel


Breede River Valley | Constantia
Durbanville | Franschhoek | Stellenbosach

In 1688 French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in their homeland settled in the cape and brought their expertise in viniculture with them. This boosted the efforts of the Dutch farmers and the region has never looked back.

The pocket sized town of Franschoek boasts some 27 restaurants at last count with an enormous variety of choice, from gourmet breakfasts to top quality dinners including smoked trout from the clear and unpolluted local rivers and lakes. Franschhoek boasts the highest number of award winning eateries in South Africa.

A worthwhile trip is a drive over Franschoek Pass to the Elgin Valley, the foremost region in the country for the growing of apples. The pass follows the route originally taken by elephants on their travels, although it is now well maintained asphalt.

The French influence can still be seen in the names of many of the farms, streets and establishments. Combine all this with stunning Cape Dutch architecture set in one of the most beautiful valleys surrounded by wine estates and you have a combination that is hard to resist.

Some activities on offer:

Useful Telephone numbers:

Franschhoek Valley Tourism:
Telephone: +27 (0)21 876 3603
Fax: +27 (0)21 876 2768

Useful Websites:

Franschhoek Valley Tourism:

Wineland Valley

Winelands and Mountains


Cape Vineyard

Cape Vineyard in Autumn


Vineyard Harvest

Vineyard Harvest [Pic: Satour]