It could take years to discover the many wines of South Africa’s Western Cape. For travelers with only a few days on their hands, Cape Town is an excellent base for exploring not only the surrounding wine country, but the city’s wine bars and world-class restaurants.
Spread over 40,000 square miles, the Cape Winelands include numerous regions, each with its own distinctive scenery, terroirs and wine routes studded with gracious estates. Closest to Cape Town is the leafy suburb of Constantia, the country’s oldest wine region; Groot Constantia estate is 332 years old this year.
Cape Town has hundreds of wine estates within driving distance.
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After that, the historical districts of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Robertson, Wellington and Franschhoek are equally famous. But for those in the know, the smaller-scale, typically younger winemakers of other regions such as the Swartland are producing some of the country’s most exciting wines, often with an…