As the first of many guest posts I share with you a wonderful piece of insight from Kostas Chiotis on what he feels are some of South Africa’s finest Wine Estates that deserve your attention.
As the community manager of Domestic Flights South Africa Kostas Chiotis loves travelling and learning about new cultures. He lives in the lovely city of Thessaloniki, Greece and plans to travel to 20 countries the coming years.
Gorgeous Wine Estates in South Africa That Deserve Your Attention
Anyone who loves wine and likes to travel should definitely have South Africa high on their bucket list of places to visit soon.
There are some incredible wine estates in this country where you can sample fantastic wine while enjoying the nature, the friendly people and a lot more. Everyone knows about the wonderful Robertson Wine Valley but where else should wine lovers head to, when visiting South Africa?
Stellenbosch Wine Routes
The hugely popular Stellenbosch Wine Routes offer a fine way to taste some of the very best products in the Western Cape region. Over 200 wine and grape producers are covered in the Stellenbosch classification and you can visit more than 150 wine farms in the area.
This is an excellent choice for any wine experts who want to try out top class tasting rooms on estates such as Morgenhof, Knorhoek and Lanzerac. These routes also give the chance to eat well in some excellent restaurants and take in the spectacular natural scenery.
The Paarl Wine Route
Connoisseurs of great wine will love the Paarl wine farms, only the second oldest wine route in South Africa. The Shiraz is the star in this region but there is also a lot to be said for other varieties such as the Chardonnays and Pinotages.
The top wine farms here include Freedom Hill Vineyards, Boland Cellar and Ayama Wines. This region is wonderful for travelling around and also includes attractions like olive groves and some magnificent views which are synonymous with the South African Landscape.
As with all of the great wine routes in the country, finding a quality place to spend the night as well as somewhere to enjoy first class food, it certainly won’t be any different in this area.
Franschhoek Wine Valley
The Franschhoek Wine Valley is an important part of the Cape Winelands and a brilliant place to try out some new wines in style. There is a timeless sense of wine culture and an endearing small village feel to this part of South Africa that is sure to charm you.
This valley is also highly regarded as a gourmet destination, with wine and food mixing that provides an incredible gastronomic experience. Among the best wine estates to check out are Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, Rickety Bridge Winery and Topiary Wines.
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Wellington Wine Route
This Western Cape destination is perfect for enjoying a relaxing trip while in an unbeatable natural setting. A driving tour around the region is good choice but a walking tour is also a great idea to really stretch your legs and get to know this part of South Africa.
Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate is a great place to start here, with terrific wines in an outstanding setting full of style and a closeness to nature. This is an easy place to get to and could be the setting fora memorable glass of wine to watch the sun set.
Constantia Wine Valley
Many of the tourists who visited this wine route will tell you that it is the best place to sample wine in South Africa, as well as possibly in the whole world. One of the big advantages offered by the Constantia Wine Valley is that it is only 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Cape Town, making it ideal for a quick and easy city break.
The scenery is incredible and you can taste wine and champagne to your heart’s content while also enjoying top class food and fine art exhibitions. Many of the wine farms here have a deep sense of history about them, which really adds to the experience.
Among the top places to check out are the beautiful Constantia Glen, Beau Constantia and Eagles’ Nest.
When you want to experience the quality and breadth of the South African wine industry you are truly spoiled for choice with so many unforgettable wine estate experiences waiting to be explored. Why not share with me some of your favourites?