WINES OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa's prime area of wine and adventure
WINE, FOOD AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
The Cape area at the southern tip of Africa has a long tradition in wine making, dating back to French immigrants who brought the grapes and the knowledge. Sprawling wineries, many with restaurants and hotels dot the landscape today and invite exploration of special wines of meanwhile local grapes like Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. In between wine tastings the landscape offers magnificent panoramas and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures. Climbing, hiking, diving, surfing, watching lions or penguins, everything is just within a days range!
TRY THIS WINES:
There is so much choice that you'll find it hard just to try the main varieties in one trip. So take your time and make sure you don't miss this ones:
Merlot from Dieu Donne in Franschhoek
Chenin Blanc of Cederberg
Pinotage from the Perdeberg Dryland Collection
Red Jasper from Raats near Stellenbosch
Pinot Noir of Newton-Johnson near Walker Bay
Grenache of David & Nadia in Swartland
Don't miss a Safari! The big game parks are further east in South Africa, but a days drive from Cape Town you find small Safari parks run by enthusiastic people who take in lost, smuggled and wounded animals. They take care of them, give them space to live and protect them from poachers. As a guest in their safari resorts, you get guaranteed close ups with the big 5 and support their effort to safe the animals. Try for example Aquila Safari
Nov-Dec is best
PLACES TO SEE:
Cape Town has all, from pretty to gritty, and climbing Table Mountain is a must. Around the corner is Camps Bay with a range of seaside seafood restaurants. Wine lovers must go to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Hermanus. Outdoor freaks will find lots of Nature Reserves with wild mountains around, here it pays to have local guides!