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WWine tasting, wine-making tours, excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery - you will find all of this on any one of the Cape’s many official wine routes. Take your time as you sample magnificent wines, taste delicious food and drink while drinking in beautiful vistas.
The Cape Winelands are an unforgettable Western Cape visitor attraction where you can choose one of a multitude of official routes, with many of the wine estates on your route dating back centuries.
TThe Groot Constantia Wine Estate is South Africa's oldest wine estate and dates back to 1865. It is also the closest wine region to the Mother City and is only a 20-minute drive from Cape Town.
Spier Wine Estate has one of the Cape's oldest wine cellars, dating back to 1767. The estate continues to produce world-class wines to this day.
The oldest wine route is the Stellenbosch Wine Route, founded in 1971. JC Le Roux, a well known sparkling wine, is produced here and is a must visit. Other wine farms you shouldn’t miss in Stellenbosch are Jordan, Tokara, Warwick and Thelema Mountain Vineyards. Friendly service and great wines are the order of the day at any of these well-known estates.
The internationally renowned Nederburg Wine Estate, as well as numerous other premier brands, can be found in the country’s third oldest town, Paarl.
NNo wine tour is complete without visiting the Franschhoek Wine Valley – the “gourmet capital of South Africa” is as famous for food as it is for its wines.
Generally, on all the wine routes, many of the estates offer delicious snacks or lunch. Pair with the wine of your choice and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery, where vineyards of grapes meet blue skies and breathtaking mountains.
IIt is not only the wine and food that is great, the scenic drive will leave you breathless. Most Cape wine estates are characterised by classic Cape Dutch-style buildings. There is also a distinct European influence in a number of regions, thanks to the arrival of French Huguenots, Dutch and German settlers during the 18th century.
The town of Robertson, a two-hour drive east of Cape Town, is home to the acclaimed Robertson Winery, winner of numerous international awards for its Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay varietals. In addition to its wine, the Wellington region is famous for its brandy.
South Africa’s winelands stretch from the Cape Overberg in the south-western Cape, through the Little Karoo and the West Coast into the adjacent province of the Northern Cape, with wine farms in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and even Gauteng.