A tour through the wine lands

Author: · April 26. 2009 · Cape Town

About an hour’s drive from Cape Town lies the town of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and is known for its many wine farms. Everywhere you look you see rows and rows of vines, heavy with grapes, for sole purpose of making wine and for fruit export.

The best part of these wine farms is that you can taste all the different wines that one made; in some farms you can even take a wine cellar tour. The people are friendly and very willing to help you taste and select the wines you desire. Some farms even offer to ship the wines you like best back to your home country to be delivered to your door.

Some surrounding towns, such as Franschhoek and Paarl have fewer wine farms, but not of lesser quality. Some of these farms also have cheese or chocolate tasting. There is a lot of variety, but with one unifying factor: Everything is delicious.

It is well worth the time and the effort, to not only taste all the delicious wines South Africa offers, but also to enjoy the view some farms have. These are magnificent. You can either take a guided tour, and visit three or four farms, or you can drive to a farm with your own transportation and make a nice day out of it, including a long lunch at one of the farms.

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