27 August 2010 by Robyn Campbell

Google-eyed in the Cape winelands

Tech-savvy wine-lovers can explore the Cape’s wine farms as never before with the addition of the Cape winelands on Google Street View.

South Africa’s Western Cape winelands are the first vineyards in the world to feature on Street View. Currently, 11 wine estates are featured with a further 19 to be added.

Google-eyed wine enthusiasts can navigate their way around the Cape winelands using Street View’s virtual tour imagery, plan their own routes, and be able to see images of Cape wine estates on Street View.

Although at present only static images are available, cyber wine tourists will still get a good feel of an estates’ location, and a sense of the farm and its surrounds.

Although at present only static images are available, cyber wine tourists will still get a good feel of an estates’ location, and a sense of the farm and its surrounds.

Seeing Cape wine estates using Street View is just the beginning. Google is encouraging local wine producers to consider incorporating virtual wine tours, videos, and mobile applications to make their estates more accessible online.

The scope for the Cape winelands on Google Street View seems almost endless. Though still a Beta (test) version, local and international wine lovers could soon custom make their own wine varietal tours by tracking all the wineries that produce Pinotage, or Viognier, or select only child-friendly wineries, and more.

Simple to navigate, and fun to zoom in and out of at will, it’s easy to become absorbed in exploring Cape’s wine farms using Street View. You may lose track of time, but you’ll never get lost in the winelands again.

To learn more, visit Google Street View.

Category: Food & Wine

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