Why South Africa Is the Perfect Destination for Wine Lovers

South Africa is a land of breathtaking landscapes and diverse cultures. With its exceptional climate able to cultivate a wide array of grape varieties, it has become a haven for wine lovers from across the globe.

With a long history of winemaking dating back to the 17th century, South Africa produces wines that have earned prestigious awards for their quality and craftsmanship. Here, we explore exactly why South Africa is the perfect destination for those seeking a unique wine-tasting experience.

South Africa vineyard vistas

visitors toast 5 glasses of dark red South Africa wine outdoors as light catches edges of wine glasses
Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash

If you can picture yourself sipping gently on a glass of rich red wine as the sun sets behind the mountains, turning the lush green vineyards brilliant shades of orange and red, South Africa should be on your travel itinerary.

The idyllic vistas of The Cape Winelands are reason enough to visit, but for wine lovers, this area with its South Africa wine is the epitome of indulgence.

Food and wine pairing experiences are in abundance in South Africa, with many local farmers seizing the opportunity to serve delectable dishes that complement their wines brilliantly.

For premier fine South Africa wine, embark on a tour through Stellenbosch, where vineyards flourish between the mountains and the sea, and white Dutch colonial buildings contrast against the emerald Franschhoek Valley.

Old vines and premium South Africa wine

South Africa wine starts with grapes like these - dark, red clusters hanging on vines with sun shining behind
Sunny afternoon in the vineyards | Photo by David Köhler via Unsplash

Wine lovers are truly spoiled for choice in the Western Cape, where boutique hotels, stunning scenery and exquisite gastronomy on par with Italy and France await. Be sure to visit the historically famous wineries of Vergelegen and DeMorgenzon and the country’s oldest commercial vineyard, Klein Constantia for South Africa wine.

In addition to the wide variety of grapes grown in South Africa, such as Pinotage, a red wine grape somewhere between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, there are also many old vines here. These produce fewer grapes, but their flavours are richer and more concentrated.

Most vineyards would replace their old vines in favour of a higher yield, but South Africa has over 3,000 hectares of vines over 35 years old. This has created a nuanced market whereby South Africa wine produced from old vines is now considered a premium delicacy.

Championing sustainable practices for South Africa wine

South Africa coast line with tourquoise waters and huge brown mountains sweeping from the coast line
Clifton Beach at Cape Town, South Africa Photo by Kylefromthenorth on Unsplash

South African wine culture is renowned for its hospitality, where visitors can meet winemakers and enjoy guided tours of the vineyards and cellars – learning about the lives of the people who call this stunning country home.

But many of the country’s wineries are also now championing sustainable practices, recognising the importance of minimising their ecological footprint.

By implementing organic and biodynamic farming methods alongside their traditional practices, South Africa is both protecting our planet and ensuring the long-term viability of this crucial source of income for the country.

Plus, it preserves the natural beauty of the landscape. Wineries in South Africa are also brilliant at giving back to their local communities, regularly working to enrich their teams and provide employment and education opportunities.

An unforgettable experience

A trip to South Africa is an unforgettable, incredible experience for any traveller, but for wine lovers, it’s got to be one of the best destinations to visit.

After relaxing on an informative and tantalising wine tour, be sure to leave plenty of time to also enjoy the majestic wildlife, iconic cities and balmy beaches whilst you’re there.

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