Into the vines and wines

The Cape’s wine regions are arguably some of the most scenic in the world, with the historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek surrounded by vine-covered hills and towering sandstone mountains. Within a mere forty-five minute drive of the city, almost two hundred wineries produce a range of red and white wine styles to suit all palates.

The university town of Stellenbosch is a great place to start. Streets lined with oak trees house some of the finest and well-preserved examples of Cape-Dutch architecture in the country. Browse some of the many quaint shops and galleries or watch the ‘passing parade’ from the veranda of a vibrant coffee shop.

Wine estates visited will vary according to your preferences with the stand-out varietals being Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and the unique local red, Pinotage. There are also many excellent Cap Classique sparkling wines – South Africa’s answer to Champagne. Fine cheeses, charcuterie and olive oils are produced here with many estates offering tastings to pair with wine.

After lunch a stroll around Franschhoek is a must for any serious shopaholic or souvenir-hunter. For chocolate lovers, a trip to the Huguenot Chocolate Factory should also feature high on your list of things to do in this historic town.

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