South African Wine Estates are, undoubtedly, one of South Africa’s most treasured attractions. They represent the heart of the wine-making industry in South Africa, which is now recognised all over the world for its top quality wines and its sheer variety.
The region is situated to the east of Cape Town, South Africa, which remains one of the world’s favourite destinations. The first wine ever produced here was by Dutch explorer Jan van Riebeeck in 1659. At least, this is the first time a wine production was recorded in the area. Less than 20 years later saw the first wine farm being established in modern Constantia. The first formal wine route was established in Stellenbosch in 1971.
The best known South African wine estates are members of the Cape Winelands include Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschoek, Wellington, Constantia, Robertson, the Swartland, the Breede River Valley, and Durbanville. The wine farms in these areas produce a vast array of wines, from red and white wines, to sparkling, dessert and rosé varieties. Cellar tours and wine tastings are essential during one’s time in the Winelands.