If you are visiting from upcountry, overseas or just a local deciding to explore in their own backyard and are wondering where to take your family, wonder no more, wander on over to the Cape Winelands District. Take a day trip or, even better, stay for a while. After all, we have 1 000 things to do and then some wine!
However, don’t just take our word for it; the district was recently named one of the Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2020 by Lonely Planet – a global tourism platform and on their website boosts the Cape Winelands, rated eight, as follows:
“The real action here is at the wineries and fabulous restaurants dotting the beautiful upland scenery. You won’t find elephants snuffling round the vineyards, but you will find inexpensive tasting tours followed by lazy lunches serving world-class food alongside delicious local wines. If you care to stretch your wallet a little further when staying the night, you can sleep it all off in high-end guesthouses and B&Bs that would cost a lot more elsewhere.”
In an effort to recognise the valuable input of the tourism sector, the CWDM confers the Mayoral Tourism Award on local establishments that treat guests in such a manner that they keep coming back. Thus to start, visit our Mayoral Tourism Award winners and runner-ups, the range of winners caterers for all.
Val du Charron – www.vdcwines.com
Franschhoek Rond en Bont – www.franschhoek.org.za
Fynbos Guest Farm – www.fynbosguestfarm.co.za
African Game Lodge – www.africangamelodge.co.za
Avalon Springs – www.avalonsprings.co.za
The Light House – www.thelighthouse.co.za
Montagu/Ashton local tourism association – www.montagu-ashton.info
Big Sky Cottages – www.bigskycottages.co.za
Le Tuksi Tuk Tuk Franschhoek – www.tuktukfranschhoek.co.za
BluVines – www.montagu.org.za (new webpage in November: www.bluvine.com)
Flying Feet Tours – Facebook @flyingfeet.southafrica
For a complete guide on how to find these incredible spaces and many more of the Cape Winelands gems, visitors are now able to download a free application on their mobile phones that puts all the events and happenings in the palm of their hand.