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South African Wine Routes

There are currently 17 ‘official’ South African wine routes constituted by geographical wine-growing location, as well as several special interest wine routes such as the Cape 62 wine route, believed to be the longest in the world, as well as the Green Mountain Eco route – the world’s first biodiverse wine route.

Besides offering breath-taking scenery, fine wines and the welcoming atmosphere of a small village, Franschhoek is also considered to be the culinary capital of South Africa. The diverse soils of this region produce a wide variety of quality wines.

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The town of Paarl, which dates back to 1657, offers nature, history, culture and food. One of the oldest Wine Routes in the country, this tranquil region is renowned for its rich, full-bodied, spicy reds (Shiraz is a speciality) and crisp whites.  

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Established in 1971, Stellenbosch is believed to be the oldest South African wine route and the catalyst for the country’s ever increasing wine tourism. This leading wine region plays host to more than 200 acclaimed estates fringed by spectacular mountain views.  

The picturesque town of Wellington, declared a ‘Top Wine Area’ in the 2016 South African Terroir Awards. Surrounded by wine estates, fruit orchards, buchu plantations and olive groves, it’s also home to South Africa’s first indigenous distillery.  

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The quaint village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg, two hours from Cape Town, is surrounded by ten wineries, ranging from large well-known farms to charming micro establishments. A laidback village surrounded by tranquil landscapes. 

South Africa’s smallest wine region, producing a variety of cultivars – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – while their award-winning Méthode Cap Classique varieties - turning this area into a premier bubbly experience. 

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From the dry Karoo with it’s uniquely captivating beauty, to the coastal area of Mossel Bay & enchanting forest areas of the Bitou district, the Eden Wine Route will captivate you.

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Darling, ‘the flower of the West Coast’, is an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The town and surrounds are the home of vineyard plantings influenced by the nautical conditions of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.  

Bordering Walker Bay – a breeding ground for Southern Right whales on their annual winter migration – is a 20-kilometre stretch of vineyards known for their unique terroir and maritime character, which derive maximum benefit from the high elevation and cool sea breezes.  

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