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With picturesque vineyards, restored farmhouses in Cape Dutch style, excellent wine routes, fynbos and majestic mountains as a backdrop, the list goes on when it comes to what the winelands in South Africa has to offer.
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Many of the towns and villages in the winelands have historic buildings and monuments that tell of the area's rich history, so to visit a wine region in South Africa is to experience so much more than just wine.

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You can visit the wine regions for the day if you're based in Cape Town - within a radius of 100 km there's a lot to see and visit. If you want to concentrate on a smaller area, make your way to charming Stellenbosch, which is considered to produce the best range of wines with hundreds of vineyards or Franschhoek, which is located in one of the world's most beautiful wine valleys. Both are within short driving distance to each other through the beautiful Helshoogte Pass.

You can also choose to have any of the vineyards as the base, away from the busy city. The range of accommodation is great and this option can often be more affordable than equal accommodation in Cape Town.

For those of you who don't want to self-drive, there are excellent guided tours, both full day and half day options, offering you transportation to and from Cape Town in air-conditioned small coaches, most wine tastings, visits to wine cellars and time to discover areas on your own and much more.

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South Africa has its very own grape variety, Pinotage, which was created in 1924 when Professor Abraham Izak Perold crossed two varieties Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The latter was at that time called Hermitage in South Africa, which explains the name Pinotage. However, it took many years before Pinotage received the attention it deserves, the international breakthrough came in 1989.

Typically, when people talk about the winelands in South Africa, it's the areas around Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek most people think about. But a lot has happened – a new generation of winemakers has appeared and a whole new way of thinking has highlighted the South African wines, which are now competing on the international wine market. It would therefore be wrong to not include the many other wine routes available, and there are a lot to choose from...
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