Your exploration of Cape Town’s backyard starts with a visit to one of the region’s many vineyards. Tour the property’s historic cellars and learn about the fascinating winemaking process – from vine to glass. Of course, you’ll have a chance to sample some reds and whites, as well.
The adventure continues onto the historic village of Franschhoek. Founded by French Huguenots in 1688, the town is one of the oldest in South Africa and has developed a reputation as the country’s “gourmet capital.” You’ll have a chance to satisfy your appetite during a lunch stop. Taste a sweet Belgian praline at one of the downtown’s confectionaries, or indulge in a farm-to-table meal at one of the world-class eateries along the main drag, Huguenot Road.
After a short stay, your journey moves into the Simonsberg and Stellenbosh Berg Mountains via Helshoogte Mountain Pass. The scenic, winding road leads to the 17th-Century charming university town of Stellenbosch. Wander the streets of Stellenbosch’s Cape Dutch downtown and absorb its quirky spirit and eclectic shops.
Finally, enjoy a wine tasting at two Stellenbosch wine estates – many of which have been producing wine for centuries – and grab a bottle or two to share with your friends back home.