The wines of South Africa are renowned for their quality and diversity; visit where they are made and enter in a garden of earthly delights.
Concentrate around Stellenbosch university city in eastern of Cape Town, with its streets lined with oak trees and historic buildings from the seventeenth century, the wine roads of Cape region offers a rich diversity combining scenic beauty, cultural history and a tempting variety of wines, which stimulates the senses. More than 100 areas are open to the public, allowing tourists to try wines from a range of selected crops (grape varieties), some will even offer a picnic or a complete lunch, which you can enjoy in the garden full of splendor. The wine industry began here when Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Dutch Cape region, planted a vineyard, in 1655, Cape was established as supply post for the Dutch East India Company. Later, between 1680 and 1690 French Huguenots (Protestants in exile) arrived here and the industry began to flourish. Now there are 15 different roads of wine. You can’t visit all of them in a limited time. Use Stellenbosch as the basis and in a few days visit three or four wine producers, awards in a international competitions, you can visit the historic sites of Dutch and Huguenot area or travel by car rides through beautiful mountain gorges and fertile valleys of the Cape.
The best time to travel is from October to May, book your 4 or 5 days to explore the area by car. Stellenbosch and the surrounding rural areas are well-known tourist attractions. The tourist center of Stellenbosch offers maps and making recommendations, the staff there will help you book accommodation online. Take the time to visit the farm and vineyard winery of Rustenberg, tranquility and scenery are exceptional.
Winery of Rustenberg, near Stellenbosch has the best cellar Bordeaux wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Kanonkop vineyard is the nearest South African equivalent of a Premier Cru vineyards. Taste Pinotage wines produced from a unique cross of grapes between Pinot Noir and Hermitage. Dating from 1702, since Jan Meerland bought the farm, vineyard of Meerendal is especially famous for its Shiraz wines, of a superior quality. You can try Cabernet and Pinotage wines. Relax on the sunny and long beaches of County of Mayo or cross the bridges that lead to the islands of the coast.