- Publish Date: Apr 28, 2009
At the Southern most tip of the African continent lies the Cape of Good Hope--a landmark known by sailors for its treacherous and sharky waters. Northwest of "The Cape" lies the Western Cape Province, the wine making hub of South Africa, whose most well-known city, Stellenbosch, rests in an idylic landscape.
Dotted with wineries reminiscent of Dutch barns (thanks to the influence of early colonists), the Western Cape Province is one of the world’s oldest (grapes were planted at the end of 17th century), most picturesque, and varied wine regions. The Western Cape is well known for two grapes in particular: Chenin Blanc, a crisp yet often fruity white wine, and Pinotage, a uniquely South African grape created in the 1920's by crossing Pinot Noir and Hermitage (aka: Cinsaut). The result is a red grape that produces a distinctly smoky, spicy and peppery flavor.
Just 30 miles East of Cape Town, one of the more beautiful cities in the world, we whole heartily recommend a stop over in this beautiful countryside if you you're by chance heading to the 2010 World Cup. After you're done cheering, tasting and surfing--you'll be ready to start your Safari.
To discover a little more, see some beautiful photos or plan your trip, visit www.wineroute.co.za.
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