The Western Cape produces some of the finest wines in the world. Visitors to the many historic estates can meet the winemakers and order wines shipped home at discounted rates. They can also enjoy cheeses, olives and fine food in the beautiful countryside.
The main wine producing regions of South Africa are nestled together in this region, and most are accessible from Cape Town on a day trip. A key route is the R62, which covers world-renowned farms in Stellenbosch, Robertson, Franschoek, and Paarl.
Groot Constantia and Boschendal serve as some of the oldest and most picturesque vineyards in the country. The former is a quick drive from the centre of Cape Town, while the latter is in the heart of Stellenbosch. Both are highly acclaimed.
Nederberg in Paarl is one of South Africa's leading and most decorated wineries, winning numerous domestic and international awards. However, the still young Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch is hot on its heels.
The Swartland, Overberg, and Botrivier regions are all known for their distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon and spicy Shiraz, while the south coastal region is renowned for its crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc due to the Atlantic sea breeze.
Outside of the Cape, the eastern KwaZulu-Natal coast is new to the wine scene but is showing signs of promise. Some wonderful varietals come from the Orange River valley, where the river creates a cool microclimate that favours white wines.