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Cape Town Wineland

By Viator, August 2010

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South Africa has gained an enviable reputation for its wines, first decanted here 350 years ago. Winemaking traditions from France, Germany and Italy have come together to create New World wines that make South Africa one of the top 10 wine-producing countries in the world.

With fertile valleys lined with neatly ordered vineyards, European-style whitewashed gabled farmhouses and rugged mountains framing the horizon, touring Cape Town’s Wineland is a stellar way to combine sightseeing and relaxing in this picturesque region.

The West Cape’s Mediterranean climate, with cold winters and sunny summers, is well suited to winegrowing, and the best-known wine regions are at Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and Paarl. The signature red wine grape is pinotage, blending pinot noir and cinsault to produce an earthy, fruity drop. South African sparkling wines are also celebrated, and are known as Cap Classique.

The classic pinotage wines come from Stellenbosch, which is also the most convenient wine region as it’s less than an hour from Cape Town. The region also produces well-regarded cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and shiraz reds, and chardonnay and oaked chenin blanc whites.

The Stellenbosch wine route passes the scenic wonders of Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak and beachside Muizenberg. It’s well worth spending time in the town of Stellenbosch itself, known for its university swagger, galleries, museums and restaurants. Vineyards to look out for around Stellenbosch include Neethlingshof, Delheim, Spier, Charmony, Merelust, Saxenburg, Welmoed and Delair.

Franschhoek and Paarl can be combined with Stellenbosch for a scenic wine route, passing the Franschhoek and Drakenstein mountains. Paarl is known for its fortified wines and shiraz, and is the historic home of South Africa’s wine industry association, KWV.

Francophile Franschhoek is another historic town on the wine route, known for its Cap Classique bubbles, Semillon wines and superb French restaurants. Vineyards to look for include Graham Beck, Akkerdal, Grande Provence and Lynx.

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Viator VIP: Cape Winelands Dinner and Wine Helicopter Tour from Cape Town

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of food and wine on this exclusive Viator VIP helicopter tour from Cape Town to Cape Winelands, one of South Africa's premier ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $561.08

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a lover of natural beauty you'll be swept away on this wine tour to the famous Stellenbosch and Paarl Valley wineries. ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.73

Cape Town Super Saver: Cape Point Highlights Tour plus Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

With this Cape Town Super Saver you'll get two best-selling tours at one discounted price. Combine Cape Point with a Stellenbosch wine tour. You'll experience ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.99
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Private Tour: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Wine-Tasting Tour from Cape Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover South Africa’s famous wine regions on this full-day private tour to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Leaving the city lights of Cape Town behind, ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.93

Cape Winelands Tour by Chauffered Sidecar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Discover the beauty of the Cape Winelands in a unique fashion - on a vintage World War II Sidecar! This tour will give you the opportunity to visit some of the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $171.20

Stellenbosch Wine Tour from Cape Town

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Visit the heart of the beautiful Stellenbosch winemaking region on a half-day wine tour from Cape Town! The perfect activity if you’re short on time, this ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.63

Cape Town Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing transfer from Cape Town International Airport to your Cape Town City or Winelands Hotel. Travel in comfort as you are picked up from the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Varies

From USD $7.79

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