The Cape Winelands is filled with fertile valleys, endless vines and rolling fields, where farmers create some of the best wines in the world. The region is a wonderful combination of quaint towns, beautiful scenery and historic wine estates.
Visitors to the winelands of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek (‘French Corner’) and Wellington are spoilt for choice. Enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours or stroll down a beautifully restored street in one of the villages or towns and visit the museums and monuments that pay homage to the proud history of the original Dutch, French and German settlers.
The region’s Mediterranean climate, cooling winds, soil and expertise are the perfect ingredients for creating superior wines and while most of the grapes from the Cape Winelands will be familiar to visitors, there is one uniquely South African viticultural cross – pinotage. Created by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (or Cinsault – formerly known as Hermitage), it produces a deep red wine with smoky, earthy flavours.