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A Tasting Tour of the Cape Winelands

September 02, 2013

Located in the north-east side of the beautiful Cape Town, the Cape Winelands are South Africa’s most stunning and picturesque wine regions. The magnificent scenery and superb landscapes, will surely mesmerize you, and as soon as you’ll step foot on the territory, you’ll never want to leave. Thanks to the fertile soil of the Mediterranean climate, the region is one of the most productive wine spots in the world.

The oldest and definitely one of the most renowned wine farms in the region is the estate of Groot Constantia. The spectacular location and outstanding wines will totally fascinate you, not to mention that you’ll have other surrounding vineyards at your disposal such as Helderberg and Durbanville. You won’t need more than 20 minutes to drive from Cape Town to these beautiful places. Plus, you can opt for the Helderberg wine route that will guide you to over 20 estates such as the well-known Vergelegen and Avontuur wineries.

Exploring the Winelands cities
A 45-minute drive from the town leads tourists to the winelands enclave, where the encircling mountains create a spectacular background to the amazing rows of precisely bound vineyards and lovely gabled Cape Dutch farms. Here, you will enjoy the unforgettable kindness and splendor of the winelands cities of Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Wellington and Robertson.
Tourists can either travel around the wine farms or wander around the delightful streets in the historic town centers. Plus, they can find out interesting things about the plentiful culture of this area by exploring some of the numerous monuments and museums. The remarkable wines produced in this region are famous all over the world. Opt for an exciting cellar tour offered by individual winemakers, and with a bit of luck they might even share their fine wine secrets with you. The winelands allow travelers to pamper themselves with luxurious fashion boutiques and hotels located nearby. The warmth of various bed-and-breakfast facilities and guest houses will make your trip to the Cape Winelands unforgettable.

Paarl is South Africa’s largest and most unique wine towns. The vineyards are still growing through the residential neighborhoods, thus maintaining the countryside feel of the place; the town and its breathtaking surroundings attract a lot of visitors interested in finding out more about Paarl and its wine. The magnificent Dutch buildings, hiking trails, scenic drives, and excellent restaurants, offers wine aficionados plenty of ideas to have a good time.

Nested in one of the world’s most stunning wine valleys, Franschhoek is just 45 minutes away from Cape Town. The traditional French community is one of South Africa’s main wine capitals considering it hosts over 30 wine cellars and 20 restaurants. Franschhoek is also a gastronomic paradise where you’ll have the chance to delight your tastes in some of the most delicious French specialties. For a bit of entertainment, make sure to check out the town’s collection of antique shops and art galleries. Spend a day testing the coffee shops, wonder the perfectly aligned streets, check the walking trails as well if you’re feeling energetic.

Stellenbosch might seem small, but the spectacular town is packed with picturesque settings and fascinating wastelands. The Jonkershoek River Valley and the Stellenbosch Mountains make up the most alluring scenery, not to mention that the Vineyard Hiking Trail will make sure travelers are having the time of their life. Stellenbosch highlights the country’s oldest wine trails, and definitely the most renowned. If you’re a nature lover, the natural reserve of Jonkershoek is excellent for hiking through the fast olive groves, vineyards, and superb forests.

How much do you love wine? The Cape Winelands are welcoming travelers with its plethora of attractions and unforgettable wine settings. Whether you want to rent a car to explore the territories or you want to opt for a guided tour, the experience will surely exceed your expectations. There’s more to the winelands than meets the eye, and apart from the vineyards travelers can opt for numerous other activities. After an aromatic wine tasting session on the grounds, you’ll probably want to relax, visit the attractions, and admire the soothing surroundings. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure and come to South Africa to try out some of the most delicious wines in the world.

Author Bio: The article is drawn by a creative writer and travel blogger Davis Miller. He hopes to travel the world and inspire others to pursue their passion and work toward a brighter future. He also contributes at some travel sites including Cape Portfolios.

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