Most Stunning Wine Regions
Almost like a Mediterranean city, Cape Town is surrounded by vineyards. Nestled in hilly valleys just outside the city, these beautiful Winelands share a similar sunny climate with Tuscany, Napa and Perth. Uniquely however, Cape Town sits between six hundred million-year-old granite mountains, on soil that’s three times older than California’s. It’s that special terroir that experts say characterizes the most fabulous wines coming out of South Africa.
This region has been in production for over 300 years, since the early days of the Dutch settlement. Adhering to old world practices, for a time in the early 18th century South African wine was highly regarded in Europe. More recently it’s enjoying a comeback, with a growing reputation for excellent quality and value on the world stage.
Curious to know more about this majestic wine region? Whether you’re planning a South African holiday or picking up a special bottle for tonight’s dinner, our Girl’s Guide breaks down everything you need to know.
Their signature Grand Constance. Once a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte and Baudelaire, it’s still earning top awards.
Classic Cape Dutch architecture, excellent restaurants and views of Table Mountain.
Something from the Single Terroir range. Made only in exceptional vintages, these unique wines are made to be a deep expression of the landscape.
The gorgeous new resort and spa, complete with fabulous restaurants.
Their Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The Cape Town Winelands are famous for perfecting this grape and few do it better than Vergelegen.
The scenic vistas of the Heldeberg Mountains, a stroll through the lovely manicured gardens and lunch at the Camphors restaurant.
This brand is perhaps best known for their award-winning Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc, with fresh, opulent aromas and an elegant dry finish.
Free wine tastings and a tour of the modern cellars featuring avant-garde art and architecture.
Rust en Vrede
Bring on the robust reds! This winery’s top wines are full-bodied Merlots, Shirazes and Cabernet Sauvignons.
This winery’s namesake restaurant consistently ranks among the top 10 in the country.
Any varietal from their classic collection. These elegant-style vintages are designed to express the distinctive character of the grape and the best of what the climate has to offer.
Dinner at the beloved Pierneef à La Motte to experience the height of Cape Winelands cuisine.
A gorgeous bottle of Cabernet Franc Rosé, displaying flavors of ripe strawberries, cassis and cream with a crisp and dry finish.
A tour of the splendid manicured gardens and Laurence Graff’s incredible art collection.
The Chocolate Block red has taken the States by storm. It’s an effortless choice for an every day dinner or barbecue.
A lovely tasting room with views, booked by appointment only.
In the foothills of Table Mountain, this historic valley was the first in the country to be planted with vineyards. Here you’ll find eight historic wine estates, all close together and easy to tour.
Home to an important wine university, Stellanbosch produces the most highly-renowned bottles of wine in South Africa. With a number of micro-regions nestled in the granite mountains, there’s plenty here to see and taste.
Afrikaans for “French corner,” picturesque Franschhoek is perhaps the number two destination in the winelands and home to one of the oldest European towns in the country.