56 km from the Hyde - One of the top six tourist destinations in the Western Cape, the Wine Route has been divided into five sub-routes, according to wine styles, climate and location. The sub-routes include the Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Valley and Bottelary Hills. There are 148 wine farms along the route, many of them historical farms with beautiful Cape Dutch manors houses, gardens, hotels and fine-dining restaurants. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest one in South Africa, and the world-class wines produced here have contributed to creating an international profile for this Boland university town. Museums along the route offer a glimpse into the rich history of the area. With views of the mountains and surrounded by vineyards, many of the wine farms host functions, conferences and opulent weddings. Franschhoek and Paarl are also beautiful and well-visited areas of the wine lands.