South Africa Wine Tasting Tour

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Winery South AfricaAside from the famous wines that come from Italy and France, the wines from South Africa are also building up its own reputation as one of the finest in the world. A visit to this wonderful country may also provide a good opportunity to discover some of South Africa’s best wines. There are now a number of wine tours that are available to help tourists and visitors have a chance to experience the wines made in South Africa. Here is a guide that will help wine lovers visiting South Africa know what to expect.

The best way to get to know the wines of South Africa is going on a day trip from Cape Town and discover the various wine trails in the area. One can either do it by self-drive or being a part of a group that is usually organized by a local travel or event organizer. One could spend days and even weeks going through the many wine estates that now scatter among South Africa’s many wine regions.

The trip itself can be an enriching experience as visitors may be able to see and enjoy the idyllic countryside of South Africa. From Cape Town, the travelers may also be able to admire the beauty of the Dutch influenced architecture of most homes lining up the Cape and gaze upon the rugged but majestic mountains or just soak up in the sunshine that this part of the world is known for.

Along the wine tour, tourists may be able to check out Stellenbosch, highly regarded as South Africa’s wine capital. Only about 35 minutes away from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is also the second oldest city in South Africa. As a fertile valley located at the Eerste River, this premier wine growing region in South Africa has about 23 wine estates and more than 280 different wines to be tasted. The first Wine Route of the Cape was opened here in Stellenbosch in 1971.

Another wine region in South Africa worth visiting is Paarl, located in the picturesque landscape of the Berg River Valley. Its long hot summers and moist winters make this area quite an ideal grape growing region. Some of its wines have already received international awards and it is one of the best places to have a taste of what South Africa can produce. You can also schedule your visit to this wine region for its largest wine festival, The Nederburg Auction, which is held at the end of summer each year. You may be able to visit about 14 different cellars in Paarl in its wine route and have one of your most exciting wine experiences.

Other notable wine routes to check out in South Africa are those located in the wine region of Constancia, the country’s oldest and smallest of wine routes yet one of the best ones to experience. Its location adjacent to both the breezes from the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans provides an ideal climate for ripening the grapes to achieve the best results. Constancia is noted for its noble wines that are produced from the three wine estates in its fold.