Food and wine in South Africa South Africa is known for its superb food and wine

If you are looking for the best in food and wine, which can be savoured among the most breathtaking settings on earth, then South Africa is the country to visit. And don't stop with your wishes there. Also make sure the food and wine have pedigree from awards to history to ingredients to terroir.

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South Africa is a well-deserved reward for those who like the good things in life and the perfect incentive destination.

Superb cuisine is paired with exquisite, award-winning wines. You'll find a wide range of fabulous restaurants in our major cities, specialising in everything from Italian and Indian to Thai and Chinese.

But, you'd be missing out if you didn't try our homegrown cuisine - we're talking about a good old-fashioned braai (barbeque) with all the trimmings, a Cape Malay curry to make your heart sing, an enormous platter of piri piri prawns served up with a view of the ocean, and a groaning table of Afrikaner specialities such as boerewors.

You'll find a number of township restaurants serving up chisa nyama, chakalaka and home-brewed beer. African restaurants are also popular, where music, art and traditional face painting mix well with the hospitable atmosphere. 

While in South Africa, make sure you take advantage of our great natural settings. You can eat with your feet in the sand or the water, in caves overlooking the ocean, under starry skies deep in the bush, with sharks swimming in the background, at the edge of a cliff, and on a luxury yacht - the options are as endless as your imagination.

When it comes to good wines, look no further than the Cape Winelands. Follow wine routes in Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek and buy spectacular bottles of local Pinotage, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to take back home. 

Many of the wine estates boast award-winning restaurants where you can taste world-class local cuisine, or book a picnic basket and enjoy feasting in the Winelands as you watch the grapes grow. Grape foot stomping festivals, carriage and horse rides through vineyards, and hot air ballooning are just some of the fun adventures you can partake in.

Food and wine highlights:
• A good old South African braai
• Cape Malay cuisine
• Chisa nyama at a township tavern
• A gourmet tour in Franschhoek
• A wine tasting sojourn along Route 62
• Biltong, boerewors and bobotie
• Wine-tasting in Stellenbosch

 

 

 

 

 

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Stellenbosch Wine Routes
Tel: +27 (0)21 886-4310
Email: info@wineroute.co.za

 

Tours to do

Food and wine tours

Where to stay

Many wine farms in the Cape winelands offer accommodation.

What to eat

Sample typical South African cuisine such as braaivleis, bobotie, boerewors, biltong, and chisa nyama

Best buys

South Africa's award-wining wines