The Western Cape is a place known for its abundance of quality wine and the Cape, in particular, is intrinsically tied to the vine. Nowhere is this truer than in the Cape Winelands, a region overflowing with award-winning vintages and home to a number of world class vine- yards.
Towns such as Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington and Rob- ertson are now iconic in terms of the wine they produce and together they produce wine that is as diverse as it is bountiful. Set aside plenty of time if you visit the Cape Winelands, because you will never cover it in a day...
Franschhoek’s first authentic Indian restaurant, Marigold specialises in a variety of Indian dishes, from fragrant curries and briyanis to succulent meat cooked in the charcoal tandoor. Marigold head chef Vanie Padayachee has created something really special here, and best you bring your appetite, because you will want to sample everything. The wine list here – as you would expect from a Franschhoek restaurant – is extensive, while Tuk Tuk beer is also available on the menu, with Marigold also forming part of the Leeu Collection. We recommend the sharing menu, which will allow you try everything on the menu, while still allowing you to move afterwards!
Stellenbosch is about 45 minutes' drive from Cape Town with Franschhoek being just over an hours' drive. You can get to the Cape Winelands quick and easily by car, or even hire an Uber if you do not have access to a vehicle.
Many wine tours also offer transport to and from Cape Town as well so make sure to check with your provider.
If you are stuck on time and don't have days to explore the Cape Winelands but would still like to enjoy the full experience, hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
The tour includes stops at eight prominent wine farms from the Franschhoek Wine Valley and you can hop on and off as you please for either a wine tasting or decadent lunch. You can also request transport to and from Cape Town which makes the process easy and convenient.