Honeymoons in the winelands
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There are currently 17 wine routes registered with the South African Wine Routes' Forum (SAWRF), incorporating dozens of individual wine farms.
A honeymoon in the winelands in South Africa is not restricted to the Western Cape, although this region is recognised as the premier wine producing area of the country. There are also winelands in other provinces such as the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The Western Cape, however, with 15 wine routes within 30 minutes to two hours' drive from Cape Town, deserves its reputation as a top honeymoon destination.
For a winelands honeymoon the most popular regions to visit are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Self-drive is a leisurely way to experience these routes, dropping in on wine farms in your own time and whiling the day away at your own pace. The other alternative is to join a scheduled wine tour, or have a specialist tour operator tailor a trip to your personal liking.
Other honeymoon wineland destinations moving from the Western Cape into the Eastern Cape include the Klein Karoo Wine Route roughly 5 hours from the Mother City, located on Route 62 all the way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. This wine-growing country covers impressive mountain passes, small farming towns and a notable number of 20 or so wine cellars.
The Northern Cape is the location of another picturesque wine route, the Orange River Wine Route, with 5 wineries found in towns along the Orange or Great Gariep River. At Keimoes, the Orange River Wine Cellars Co-operative’s distillery is located on the slopes of the Tierberg, affording spectacular views of the river, its islands and irrigation scheme.
Fledgling wine industries are found in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, and while they would not warrant a full holiday based on wine tasting, honeymooners exploring the many tourist attractions of these provinces would do well to sample the products of their cellars.
In the Free State, the Landzicht and Welriza Cellars at Jacobsdal, close to the province’s border with the Northern Cape, are producing well-rated wines.
A winelands honeymoon is a wonderful way to celebrate South African culture, scenery and our very finest tipple.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)21 487 6800
Klein Karoo Wines
Tel: +27 (0)82 214 5910
Orange River Wines
Tel: +27 (0)54 337 8800
Tel: +27 (0) 33 3308195
Landzicht Wine Cellar
Tel: +27 (0)53 591 0164
Wilreza Wine Cellar:
Tel: +27 (0)53 591 0213