South Africa Wine Estates

South African Wine Estates – The Cape Winelands are, undoubtedly, one of South Africa’s most treasured attractions. They represent the heart of the wine-making industry in South Africa, which is now recognised all over the world for its top quality wines and its sheer variety.

The region is situated to the east of Cape Town, South Africa, which remains one of the world’s favourite destinations. The first wine ever produced here was by Dutch explorer Jan van Riebeeck in 1659. At least, this is the first time a wine production was recorded in the area. Less than 20 years later saw the first wine farm being established in modern Constantia. The first formal wine route was established in Stellenbosch in 1971.

The best known South African wine estates are members of the Cape Winelands include Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington, Constantia, Robertson, the Swartland, the Breede River Valley, and Durbanville. The wine farms in these areas produce a vast array of wines, from red and white wines, to sparkling, dessert and rosé varieties. Cellar tours and wine tastings are essential during one’s time in the Winelands.

Due to the natural magnificence of this area as well as its proximity to oceans, mountains and the big city, the Cape Winelands continue to be popular amongst local travellers and international tourists alike. There are myriad options for adventure-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and connoisseurs with a discerning palate for fine dining (and drinking!) throughout the Winelands. There is also plenty of accommodation in the Cape Winelands, due to the regions popularity.

Franschhoek Wine Estates

Where to Stay: Franschhoek Accommodation

Franschhoek has been one of South Africa’s chief wine-making regions for centuries, and this history permeates every element of the town. Historical architecture adds to the experience of sampling some of the world’s finest… more information

Paarl Wine Estates

Where to Stay: Paarl Accommodation

This route combines world-class wines with breath-taking scenery to create an idyllic destination for just about anybody. The sweltering, dry summers and chilly winters give Paarl the perfect climate for an array of wine varieties. Whether… more information

Laborie Wine Estate

Where: Paarl
How much (per person): Price on request

The Laborie Wine Estate is part of a small group of Estate brandy producers. Méthode Cap Classique Sparkling wines, white, red and … more information

Stellenbosch Valley Wine Estates

Where to Stay: Stellenbosch Accommodation

Well-known wine labels along the Stellenbosch Valley Wine Route include Zevenwacht, JC Le Roux, Amani, Bottelary Hills, Meerlust, Bergkelder, Oude Libertas, Spier, Neethlingshof, and Welmoed. However, there… more information

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