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Cape Winelands Events

Have you heard about all the tempting Cape Winelands events and festivals that will take place this summer in Stellenbosch and the surrounding wine estates? Wine tastings, family picnics, fresh food markets, carol concerts and festive atmosphere galore! Only a mere 40-minute-drive from Cape Town's city center, you can enjoy the clear - and sometimes warmer - air and relaxed countryside feel when you visit the region's festive events. And if you are as lucky as we are to live in this lovely part of the world, make the most of the special summer celebrations in the various estates and enjoy some of the finest food and wines in the Cape winelands!


The holidays are around the corner and Stellenbosch is gearing up for a season of celebration and sharing in the good times. Take your time scrolling down through the many fantastic events of the Cape winelands or bookmark this page for further reference. Wishing you a wonderful festive season!

Cape Winelands Events - Summer 2019/2020

Cape Winelands | Stellenbosch Soirees

Stellenbosch Street Soirees see local wine farms and restaurants putting on a party for locals and visitors alike in the town streets.  Catch them until March from 18h00 to 20h00.

  • When? 11 December 2019 | 15 & 29 January 2020 | 12 & 26 February 2020 | 11 & 25 March 2020 
  • How much? R150 for a tasting glass - 12 wine tastings. Food and Wine will also be on sale.
  • Drosdty Stree in Stellenbosch
  • Find more info on their Facebook page here

Sunset Rouge Evenings at Alto Estate

Head to Alto Estate for their Sunset Rouge Evenings every Friday until 31 January 2020. Life entertainment and delicious red wine to be enjoyed over the estate’s generous views. 

  • When? 6, 13, 20, 27 December 2019 | 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 January 2020
  • How much? For more info enquire at the Alto wine estate

Music Wednesdays at Neethlingshof

Neethlingshof Music Wednesdays have already kicked off and run through the summer season till March 2020. Happening every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 8pm (except for Christmas) popular acoustic guitarist, Francois Haasbroek and other artists set the scene for a mid-week wind down. Visitors can order cheese and charcuterie platters. 

  • When? Every Wednesday until March 2020
  • How much? Free entrance, booking is advised. Book here or contact the wine tasting centre at 021 883 8988.

Cape Winelands Events: What's on at Spier this festive season?

Spier Light Art installations can't be missed! This is the second edition of the popular festival which brings 21 light art installations to the Cape Winelands.

  • When? Opening 7 December 2019 | Free entry from 8 December 2019 until 9 January 2020.
  • How much? Tickets for the opening at Die Werf: R200 per adult incl. one glass of wine/R75 per child over 12 years. More info here.

Movies under the Stars in the Cape Winelands

Galileo open-air movies are shown at various wine estates: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch or Boschendal and Leopard's Leap in Franschhoek or Rhebokskloof and Nederburg in Paarl or Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville - among many others - tough choice!

  • Where? Several wine estates in the Cape Winelands - as well as V&A Waterfront and Battery Park
  • What? From the 'Sound of Music' and 'Cool Runnings' to 'Out of Africa', 'Casa Blanca' and 'Mamma Mia!' - Different films for different screenings and different age groups. 
  • How much? From R109.  For more info see the various dates and movie listings check their website

Magical Steam Train Rides to the Elgin Valley winelands

Take a magical Steam Train Day Trip to Elgin. Hop on the train in Cape Town and experience a leisurely ride through the Cape winelands to Elgin. Travel in a vintage wooden coach and enjoy the ride until stopping for a visit at the Elgin Railway Market before returning to Cape Town in nostalgic style.

  • When? Saturdays and Sundays and from mid December also on Mondays and Fridays. The train departs Cape Town at aha Hotel Harbour Bridge at 8h00 and returns at 17h30.
  • How much? The cost is R750 per adult and R500 per child above the age of 2 years. 

More Cape Winelands Events: Wine Festivals 2020

Make sure to visit our special page about wine festivals in the Cape Winelands - Enjoy the beautiful Cape :-)

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