Luxury Wine Tasting in South Africa

by Lexa Pennington / Jun 14, 2012 /
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When you hear the words "South Africa" you may be thinking of wildlife, history and even agriculture. And you are also probably envisioning a more amenable climate than other parts of the African continent, but do you also think about vineyards, wine and luxury travel? If not; you have to change your way of thinking because some of the most fascinating areas of South Africa are also some of the best in terms of vineyards and wine tasting adventures.

 

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Francais

 

 

For example, a good itinerary of wine tasting venues would allow a traveller to also experience some of the most historic places as well as some of the most scenic in terms of wildlife and the landscape. This is why combination tours are amongst the most luxurious and comprehensive.

 

Almost all groups travelling the luxurious South African holiday have to start at Cape Town. This is the easiest location to arrive via international air, and is also one of the most intriguing cities in the country - in fact, some wine tasting tours hardly leave the city at all! It is only a short trip to the vineyards of the Cape Winelands area, however, and this is home to such towns as Stellensbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek. The entire Winelands region has a strong colonial background and was populated by Dutch homesteaders for many decades.

 

Today, the Winelands is one of the most picturesque spots to tour thanks to the lush landscape and the French and Provencal influences that have spread throughout the Winelands area. You can see the many "chateaux" styled properties as well as the iconic Dutch homes and farms too.

 

Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

 

 

Remember that wine production in South Africa is not a "new" enterprise. Whether you are sampling vintages that have been in produced since the 1600s (as is the case with the Vin de Constance enjoyed by Napoleon Bonaparte) or a nice sparkling wine from the Tulbagh area, you can be sure to enjoy expert craftsmanship. You can also count on perfectly paired foods and gorgeous sights all along the way.

 

Harvest - the last word

Harvest - the last word

 

The South African wine country is a convenient distance from Cape Town, and that often means you can elect to stay in the city and head to the vineyards each day or it can mean that you hop from the different towns and valleys; staying in luxury and upscale accommodations each evening. There is a lot of opportunity in South African travel, and a wine tasting tour is a "must see" destination.

 

 

Photos and Article courtesy of Exsus Luxury Holidays