Top art galleries to visit in the Cape Winelands

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Top art galleries to visit in the Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands is known as being the place to go for oenophiles. It is an area of South Africa that is steeped in history, culture and (of course) in wine. However, there is more to do in this area of Cape Town than simply sip on wine and take in the scenery of Table Mountain.

There are plenty of unique art galleries to visit that will satisfy the appetite of any art lover, ranging from African art-specific to more general galleries. Below are some of the top art galleries to visit in the Cape Winelands to enjoy a day or an afternoon perusing spectacular works of art.


Galleria Gibello, Franschhoek

If you are going to be visiting the gorgeously green and leafy area of Franschhoek, you should definitely make a stop off at Galleria Gibello. Owned by the adventurous Caroline Gibello (who has worked as a shepherdess in Scotland, worked with orangutans in Sumatra and rehabilitated monkeys in the Amazon) the gallery boasts a wonderful array of art and curios.

Much of the art that you will find in Galleria Gibello is photography by Caroline Gibello herself, as she is now a wildlife photographer with a passion for African animals and landscapes. There are also pieces by well-known South African artists, such as sculptures, paintings and prints by Heike Allerton-Davies, Elsabe Milandri and Sam Allerton. The gallery can be found on Franschhoek’s main road in what used to be the brandy distillery and also has a cafe that serves delectable bistro-style food.


Die Dorpstraat Gallery, Stellenbosch

Die Dorpstraat Gallery can be found in the historic Dorp Straat in Stellenbosch, which is considered to be the oldest residential street in South Africa. This gallery specialises in colo and group exhibitions of African art and South African art, with regular exhibitions taking place for new and established artists alike.

Die Dorpstraat Gallery is a popular destination in Stellenbosch due to its historical location, and brings in foot traffic due to the unusual assortment of painting, graphics, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, installation art on display. There are also applied and decorative artworks available, as well as plenty of nearby cafes to visit after you have spent time perusing the walls, floors and shelves of this stunning gallery.


Hout Street Gallery, Paarl

Established in 1975, the Hout Street Gallery in Paarl is based in a gorgeous Georgian home. It has four large exhibition rooms which house ceramics, sculptures, hand-blown glass and much more. Their pieces range from African art to modern European art and everything in between, so be sure to stop off here if you are in the Winelands looking for some artistic variety.

There is also a gift shop on the premises that sells a wide array of gifts, curios and many Carrol Boyes items that are perfect as gifts or souvenirs. The Hout Street Gallery is the perfect destination before you head off on a tour of the winelands, allowing you to see what artistic wonder is on offer from the area. It is important to note that the gallery is only open by appointment on Sundays.


Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville

The Rust-en-Vrede gallery is nestled in the heart of the Northern Suburbs town of Durbanville, often seen as the start of the Cape Winelands Route. It is based in an old jail and has a diverse array of artworks on display, including ceramics, paintings and sculptures. Inside you will find a clay museum and gallery featuring an array of beautiful ceramics that celebrate the history of Durbanville.

For those who enjoy taking things slowly and having a bite to eat between browsing gallery halls, there is the Yoco eatery on the premises. This eastery makes fresh, artisan bistro meals that one can enjoy before or after walking through the gallery looking at art. Rust-en-Vrede often hosts Saturday markets known as “The Spot Market” where they sell ceramics by artists in their gallery and have an array of vendors with delicious foods and quirky crafts for sale.


Make a day of it

Many people assume that visiting a gallery should only last for an hour or two. However, true art lovers can spend an entire afternoon lost in the modern African art of some, while others can get lost in the traditional paintings of others. If you are planning a trip to the Cape Winelands and enjoy art as well as sumptuous wine, then you should plan a stop at one of the galleries listed, or ask the locals where the best place to find art is. You will surely find a gallery to soothe your artistic soul and a place to spend time gazing at paintings and sculptures that inspire and innovate.

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