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Wine and Winelands, South Africa

South Africa is one of the world’s major wine producing regions, with a wine making history dating back more than 300 years. Our wines are world famous, with some of the best restaurants on the planet proudly serving our local vintages.

The winelands are enchanting, painted with valleys, vineyards, rivers, mountains and quaint villages.

Cape wine growing regions include Botrivier, Breedekloof, Cape Point, Constantia, Darling, Devonvale, Durbanville, Elgin, Franschhoek, Helderberg, Hermanus, Klein Karoo, Nuy Valley, Orange River, Paarl, Robertson, Stanford, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Tulbagh, Wellington, West Coast & Worcester.

Grapes are also cultivated along the Orange River bordering Namibia.

Along the Garden Route, in the Plettenberg Bay area, there are several wine growers offering a great variety of locally produced fine wines.

More winelands have been cultivated, and are producing superior wines along the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, in the iLembe District.

You can go on wine tours and visit cellars with the chance to taste world acclaimed wines.

In Cape Town visit Groot Constantia, SA’s oldest wine estate, visit DuToit’s Kloof en Route 62. Find Ernie Els WinesDevonvale, Sylvanvale Vineyards & Lanzerac in Stellenbosch. Include a visit to J.C. Le Roux in the Tulbagh region. Since 1980 The House of Krone has produced night harvest wines. Spend time at the family owned Villiera Wines, Wellington. The wine tasting offers red and white varietals, home grown and from their french estate. Committed to preserving the environment, it’s worth booking a guided game drive in Villiera’s wildlife sanctuary.

When in the Franschhoek Valley, Haute Cabriere or L’Avenir are great lunch and tasting venues. The valley was first “grape” farmed by the Huguenot settlers. When on the Paarl Wine Route, visit Fairview, also famous for its selection of cheeses. Spend a night living-in historic Cape-Dutch architecture buildings, enjoying luxurious comfort and fine hospitality at the Grande Roche Hotel.

Most wine estates, on their websites, offer online wine purchasing. So no matter where in the world you may live, you can always order South African wines online.